Dr Ann Milne is a Pākehā educator, writer, researcher, former school principal whose work challenges the whiteness of our education system and focuses on a critically conscious, culturally sustaining learning approach centred on students' cultural identities. Her book, Coloring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools, https://www.annmilne.co.nz/store/p/coloring-in-the-white-spaces-reclaiming-cultural-identity-in-whitestream-schools-counterpoints-new-edition was published in 2016 and Ann’s services to education were recognised in 2020 when she was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Ann has established Ann Milne Education https://www.annmilne.co.nz/ and Ann Milne Online https://www.annmilne.co.nz/online to share her long leadership experience in this area with schools and institutions who want to think differently about their practice.
Disrupting Education: A Whānau Perspective
"Two generations, mother and daughter, present Pākehā and Māori perspectives of the intergenerational loss and trauma caused by our education system from their experience of whānau and community. Their extensive professional work has been about challenging and changing that situation.
Hetaraka (2020) states that Māori cultural identity has almost always been sacrificed for academic achievement, because in current circumstances the two exist in juxtaposition to each other. This presentation will explore that truth. How can Pākehā educators change their practice? What choices do Māori whānau have? In an era of supposed educational change we cannot move forward by continuing to replicate what we have done in the past, no matter how many fancy names we dream up for practice that really isn’t all that different."