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Congratulations to Jill Bevan-Brown

Nga mihi nui to Associate Professor Jill Bevan-Brown ((Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Wehiwehi, Ngati Awa, Ngai Te Rangi)  from Massey University for receiving the New Zealand Association of Research in Education’s Te Tohu Pae Tawhiti Award.

This prestigious award recognises researchers who have made a significant and long standing contribution to Maori education.

Jill Bevan Brown

Jill's area of interest and expertise is in finding culturally appropriate and effective ways to teach children with special needs, particularly Maori.

Her research is recognised internationally and had led to many widely used resources such as the Cultural Self-Review tool and a DVD on autism, In My Shoes, hich has been distributed to 22,000 schools, hospitals, tertiary institutions, social and M?ori organisations all over the world.

Dr Alison Kearney, of Massey’s Institute of Education, nominated Dr Bevan-Brown because of the significant and positive impact she had made over the years.

“Jill is an outstanding scholar and researcher who has made significant contributions at national and international levels to indigenous and Maori education, inclusive education, gifted education and autism research,” she says.

“For Jill it has always been about improving things for children, young people and their wh?nau as well as for teachers.”

Jill is the Director of Massey University's Inclusive Education Research Centre of Excellence. Congratulations Jill!

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Education in the news

Here's some recent activity in the media around education of students with learning disabilities.

IHC's education complaint

In response to the many complaints received about discrimination of children with disabilities in the education system, IHC took a complaint to the Human Rights Commission in 2008. Five years later, the Director of the Human Rights Commission Office of Proceedings has decided that he will not proceed with the complaint in its current form.

IHC is now funding the legal action themselves and  are still looking for stories and evidence of discrimination against disabled children in the education system. To read more about the complaint and how to get in contact, visit IHC's website.


Reversing our commitment to exclusion

Giovanni Tiso (Board of Trustee Chair, Berhampore School, Wellington) spoke recently at a forum in parliament on Best Practice in Quality Public Education. The text of  Giovanni's excellent speech is published on his blog Bat, Bean, Beam.


The Nelson Mail

On 28 November 2013, The Nelson Mail ran a front page article suggesting that students with disabilities, whose schools have made property modifications to accommodate them, should be bonded to that school. Despite the Ministry of Education and the schools themselves saying that making these property improvements benefited all students and were required regardless, to make the environment inclusive  of all, the The Nelson Mail sought to make an issue when there was none. They implied that children with disabilities are a burden on the system and insinuated that the families were wasting Ministry of Education money. 

IEAG's response to the article  was published in the Letters to the Editor section of the Nelson Mail on 7 Dec 2013. Parent to Parent New Zealand and some individuals also had their letters published. 


National Standards - What difference are they making?

A NZCER report  "National Standards - What difference are they making?" authored by Cathy Wylie and Melanie Berg was published in November 2013.  It shows, amongst other things, that 96% of teachers and 97% of principals felt that National Standards do not help the inclusion of students with special education needs. Read about the report here.


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