Dr Rae Siilata
PhD, MALangTchg, BEd, DipTESSOL, Dip Tchg
Ko Tararua te pae maunga. Ko te Ōhau, ko te Ōtaki nga awa. Ko Tainui, ko Te Arawa nga waka. Ko Ngati Raukawa, ko Tūhourangi nga iwi. Ko Ngāti Kikopiri te hapū. Ko Otaki te turangawaewae. Ki te taha o toku matua, no Otaki ahau. Ki te taha o toku whaea, no Fiti, no Savusavu ahau. Tena koutou katoa. Ni sa bula vinaka.
Rae Siilata is a Lecturer in Biliteracy-Pasifika/TESSOL in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social Work.
Rae's recent research interests centre on effective language and literacy practice for Pasifika bilingual learners in primary schooling, and on professional learning and development (PLD) facilitation for linguistically and culturally responsive teaching and learning. In 2014 she completed her doctoral studies on Pasifika student success in English-medium education.
Formerly a primary ESOL/classroom teacher and principal, Rae is interested in bilingual/biliterate academic outcomes, language teaching and learning, and is committed to teacher professional development in bilingualism/biliteracy and TESSOL.
Research | Current
- Applied Linguistics in English-Medium and Māori-Medium Education
- Bilingualism and Biliteracy
- Bilingual Education, Second Language Acquisition, Translanguaging
- Researching effective PLD facilitation for linguistically and culturally responsive teaching and learning. A colloborative project with the Consortium for Professional Learning (CPL), Professor Helen Timperley, Dr. Deidre Le Fevre, Dr. Fiona Ell, Mrs. Kaye Twyford, Dr. Sarah Mayo (2014-2016).
- Researching effective utilisation of Pasifika dual language/bilingual texts in English-medium new entrant classrooms (2014-2017).
- Researching the experiences of language teachers in the classroom: Beyond the regular interview. A collaborative project with Dr Susan Gray, Dr Margaret Kitchen, and Maree Jeurissen (2015-2017).
- Researching effective language and literacy learning through the Arts with Pasifika Arts teachers: Teacher-Led Innovation Fund (TLIF) project: 'Teaching Past the Frangipani: Empowering Pasifika Arts in Niu Sila Schools', with Dagmar Dyck, Fa'afetai Amituana'i, Lily Laita, Viliami Telefoni (2016-2017).
Teaching | Current
- EDPROFST 226 Introduction to Bilingual Education
- EDPROFST 227 Language Learning Needs
- EDPROFST 377 Bilingual Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
- EDPROFST 227 TESSOL: Language Learning Needs
- EDPROFST 373 TESSOL: Language Learning in the New Zealand Context
- EDPROFST 374 TESSOL: Language Focused Curriculum
- EDPROFST 318 Language Teaching for ESOL: An Introduction
- EDPROFST 705 Issues in Literacy Education
Bilingualism and biliteracy, indigenous education, second language acquistion, Pasifika Education, linguistically and culturally responsive pedagogies in English-medium education, reciprocal family-school partnerships
- 2016 - Jacqueline Tutavake, "Found in translation: The pathway to outcomes in the Cook Islands", PhD co-supervision with AP Eve Coxon and Dr. Rebecca Jesson.
- 2016 - Jacinta Loto, "To read is to understand: Literacy teachers exemplary teachers use to teach Pasifika students", co-supervision with Professor Janet Gaffney. [Completed]
- 2016 - Faleata Ualesi, "Possibilities for Improving Pasifika Achievement: A duoethnographic talanoa study", co-supervision with Dr. Deidre Le Fevre. [Completed]
- 2016 - Fima Fa'aete'ete, "Investigating high achieving Samoan bilingual girls' perceptions of effective teacher practice in Geography", co-supervision with Dr. Aaron Wilson.
- 2016 - Martha Aseta, "Samoan constructs of giftedness and talent within a Samoan bilingual educational context", co-supervision with Dr. Catherine Rawlinson. [Completed]
- 2016 - Charlotte Gipps, "Exploring the alignment between home-school partnership and the social studies curriculum in a New Zealand secondary school", supervision with Dr. Tanya Wendt Samu.
- University of Auckland Vice Chancellor's Prize for best doctoral thesis (2014) https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/news-events-and-notices/news/news-2015/04/five-top-doctoral-theses-honoured.html
- University of Auckland Dean of Graduate Studies List for excellence achieved in PhD thesis (2014)
- New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Sutton Smith Doctoral award (2015) http://www.nzare.org.nz/portals/306/images/citations/2015RSiilatacitation.pdf
- NZARE Symposium for AERA, (2015, Chicago). Selected via competitive process. Title: “Advancing Justice in Education for Pacific/Pasifika Peoples through Discourses of Success and Responsiveness”. Dr Tanya Samu (leader), Dr Rae Siilata, Alexis Siteine, and Dr 'Ala Toetuu-Tamihere, University of Auckland
- PhD Scholarship, .2, University of Auckland (2011-2012)
- NZEI Teacher’s Study Award: for completion of MA Language Teaching and Learning, University of Auckland (2003)
- Project Director: Pasifika Teacher Aide Project (Ministry of Education contract)
- Project Director: Pasifika New Entrant Project (Ministry of Education contract)
Areas of expertise
- Bilingualism and biliteracy
- Linguistically and culturally responsive leadership and teaching practice
- Member of the Partnership Board for the Marie Clay Research Centre, University of Auckland (2016-present)
- Associate Dean Pasifika's representative on the Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching and Learning Quality Committee (2015)
- Associate Dean Pasifika's representative on the Faculty of Education and Social Work Education Committee (2016)
- Member Kainga Pasifika (2011-present)
- Pasifika Caucus representative on New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Council
- Pasifika representative to the Ministry of Education's National ESOL Advisory Committee
- Pasifika representative to the Ministry of Education's TESSOL Scholarship Selection Panel
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Samu, T., Siilata, R. K., Siteine, A., & Toetu'u-Tamihere A (2015). Advancing justice in education for Pacific/Pasifika peoples through discourses of success and responsiveness. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA)2015 Annual Meeting: Toward Justice Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis, Chicago, Illinois, USA. 16 April 2016 - 20 April 2015. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tanya Samu, Alexis Siteine
- Kitchen, M. C., Jeurissen, M., Siilata, R., & Gray, S. (2015). Diversity is a key to unity?. In J. Morgan (Ed.) The 21st Century Curriculum? (pp. 138-151). Auckland, New Zealand: Edify.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margaret Kitchen, Susan Gray
- Siilata, R. K. (2014). Va‘a Tele: Pasifika learners riding the success wave on linguistically and culturally responsive pedagogies The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
- Siilata, R. K., Dreaver, K., Parr, J., Timperley, H., & Meissel, K. (2012). Tula'i Mai: Making a difference to Pasifika student achievement in literacy. Literacy Professional Development Project 2009-2010. Research component Pasifika study. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kane Meissel
- Siilata, R. (2005). Pasifika students' perceptions of their L1 maintenance and identity: Language to climb a coconut tree?. Paper presented at International Conference on Critical Discourse Analysis: Theory into Research, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia. 15 November - 18 November 2005. Related URL.
- Siilata, R. (2004). Talaaga o gagana a tamaiti mai le Pasifika / Language stories of children from the Pacific The University of Auckland. University of Auckland.