Ako Space Education Team

Auckland, NZ - Entrepreneurs, Primary School Teachers and Policy Makers

Workshop title: Re-imagining learning environments - Ako school

Find out about how a group of passionate w?hine has started a primary school in Auckland that is child-led, play-based and outdoor-focused. This will be an interactive session with the chance for you to ask questions and share experiences. We will take you through: the inspiration behind our school, our journey so far, a description of our values and teaching approach, a description of our daily rhythm and examples of activities and how we relate these to the NZ Curriculum. We will share learning stories from our children, and tips for anyone who may be considering starting an Akospace in their community. We promise you lots of laughs and you will leave with fresh ideas and motivation to take back to your classroom or community.

Personal Bios: Ako (primary school) was founded in 2017 by Sabrina Nagel who works in the field of entrepreneurship at Auckland University of Technology. She had a strong desire to create a space that re-imagines the learning environment for her twin daughters. She was joined by a passionate group of other w?hine and the school opened in February 2018 with 11 students. The team also includes: Kate Webber and Claudia Gray, primary school teachers with a love of the outdoors and play-based learning; and Bronwyn Bayne, a stay-at-home mother with a background in government policy making.

Ako Space Education Team