About the course

Course outline

Each course consists of two online workshops, followed by optional four-week facilitator support. This support is in the form of a community of professional learning. It is self-paced and takes a minimum of 1-2 hours of engagement per week.  

During these four weeks participants will have the opportunity to practise and reflect on the new learning and exchange experiences and ideas with each other and the facilitator.

Topics covered

This interactive course provides participants with an opportunity to get inside the minds and hearts of the Pacific Island learner through exploring and understanding the four important values and principles that guide our engaging and learning. &nbsp

Through these values, role plays and strategies to assist educator approaches for the learner are practised. Being able to hear and learn each Pacific Island group’s greetings and pronunciation is the perfect step to gain your confidence in engaging the learner.


Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • recognise the similarities and differences amongst the seven Pacific ethnic groups
  • describe four important Pacific values and principles to help you understand the hearts and minds of the Pacific learner for better engagement and learning
  • develop further confidence in pronunciation of Pacific words and phrases
  • explain why it is important to engage appropriately with Pacific learners
  • apply strategies for better learner engagement.

Who is this course for? 

This course is recommended for teaching and learning support practitioners seeking to expand their understanding and practice.

About the facilitators

Pale Sauni is a senior Pacific Samoan educator who has been delivering workshops on financial wellbeing for over 15 years. He has critical insights on how we can engage with our Pacific learning communities by and through the understanding of how money works. Pale will facilitate a discussion around how tools and strategies can unlock learning success. 

Saylene Ulberg is a Pacific educator and facilitator who specialises in engaging workshop participants in understanding how to better engage with Pacific teaching and learning, and how to support Pacific learners. She has contributed to the development of the Pacific Cultural Centredness Pathway and continues to work with different audiences to share effective use of this tool. 

Ako Aotearoa badges

Participants can earn Ako Aotearoa digital badges as evidence of participation and completion of course requirements.

Please read these Terms and Conditions before registering for events.

Public course dates will be listed below when available.  Or, contact us to discuss booking a course privately for your organisation.

Taking that next step in your professional learning and development is easy with Ako Aotearoa. Everything is evidence-based, practical, high-quality, effective and sustainable.

In response to the current challenges of delivering “face-to-face” events, our range of PLD is delivered online - workshops and courses, many with digital badges awarded on completion:

  1. In-house Learning and Development (currently online only until further notice)
    We can come to you to deliver in-house professional development. Contact us to discuss your needs and budget. 
  2. Public Online Workshops
    Register for one of our public workshops scheduled throughout the year. So many topics to choose from! 
  3. Ako Talks and webinars
    These online sessions deliver bite-sized information about current topics of interest to educators. Dates and topics are announced on social media and in our Community section and monthly e-news.