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Avi Duckor-JonesCohort 2018, English Teacher at Avondale College
"Kia ora, I'm Avi, and I joined the Teach First NZ Programme as a part of the 2018 Cohort. What really spoke to me was the need for social justice in Aotearoa. I applied for the programme so that I could join a movement to serve our youth and build a better future for our communities.”
Prior to the Teach First NZ Programme, Avi was a journalist for the BBC and Lonely Planet, led creative writing trips for National Geographic, and worked at Trinity Yard School in Ghana.
01 Summer Initial Intensive
The programme starts in November with the Summer Initial Intensive (SII), a cohesive and immersive intensive which weaves together whakawhanaungatanga, the Ako Mātātupu vision, and the Masters of Teaching and Education Leadership (MTEL) qualification. The aim is to provide a world-class experience which prepares you to meet the needs of your students, as well as to engage with key stakeholders.
"During SII, the cohort element was really powerful: there's something so magic about a group of like-minded people coming together to be greater than the sum of their parts."
02 Year 1 - Learning to Teach
After SII, you’ll begin teaching in your partner school in late January on a full salary. To accelerate your growth as a teacher, you will teach 60 percent of a full-time teaching load, receive 4 hours per week of in-school mentoring support, whilst completing ongoing study towards your Masters of Teaching and Education Leadership (MTEL) qualification, which is delivered by our tertiary partner, The Mind Lab.
"For me, there have been so many incredible people to learn from - there's all the wrap-around support, as well as your colleagues at school, and of course the young people in your classrooms, who are the best teachers of all."
03 Year 2 - Learning to Lead
In your second year, the focus will be on your contribution to creating lasting social change, and will include a practice-based leadership project which you will design to uniquely serve your school community in a sustainable manner. Throughout the year you will implement this project, culminating in November with a Symposium, where you will present to all key stakeholders.
“There is huge scope for creativity when generating ideas for sustainable projects. Past projects have included cross-curricular beehive projects, national spoken word competitions and a Matauranga Māori Science fair."
04 Graduate from the programme
After completing your two years on the programme, you will join our Kairapu Movement and continue to make social impact. The educational inequality we’re working to address is complex and ever-changing, so we support you to fight for equality in whatever way you choose. As part of the global Teach For All network, you will join over 50,000 alumni working towards equity.
"I've never stayed still for long, but for me, this programme has been about putting down roots and joining a community, working as a movement towards equality."
Applications for the 2020 cohort are closed.
If you would like to register your interest for 2021, please get in touch via [email protected]
Successful applicants will be invited to a phone interview. For the 2021 cohort, these will commence in early 2020.
The final stage of our recruitment process is a full day Ako Centre. For the 2021 cohort, these will commence in early 2020.