Ann Milne

Ann Milne

Former Principal, Kia Aroha College

Dr. Ann Milne is the former principal of Kia Aroha College, a special-character, bilingual, secondary school in Otara, Auckland, New Zealand.  As a white educator, Dr. Milne is a strong critic of pervasive, deficit-driven explanations of “achievement gaps” and indigenous Māori and Pasifika “under-achievement.”  She led the Kia Aroha College community’s almost 30-year journey to resist and reject school environments which alienate Māori and Pasifika learners, to develop a critical, culturally responsive learning approach centered on students' identities "as Māori", "as Samoan"–as who they are first.  

Dr. Milne’s doctoral thesis describes school practice that is underpinned by the cultural knowledge and beliefs of its community, and which “conscientises whānau to resist the status quo, to demand more, and to transform the educational experiences of our Māori and Pasifika learners.” Her book, Colouring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools, is soon to be published by Peter Lang. In 2015, Dr. Milne was the recipient of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation’s prestigious “Service with Distinction” Award, which recognizes “outstanding service to education in New Zealand.” Dr. Milne is also the recipient of several national research awards and scholarships.

July 18: What broader outcomes should be perched with students, and why?
9:00 PM - 11:30 PM (GMT)