The last official week of the program has passed. It started on Monday with an awards ceremony at Parliament; NZ Ministry of Education officials and the US Ambassador spoke. It ended with the Distinguished Awards in Teaching final presentations to a small group at Victoria University on Friday. In good form, I then took four days to hike the Heaphy track, a NZ Great Walk on the West Coast of the South Island. Just short of forty miles with very nice hut accommodations along the way. Highlights included long suspension bridges, cool shells, big trees, more than five distinct ecosystems, Maori heritage sights, and amazing flight seeing on the way to and from.
If you are interested in the report on my research on what Pasifika students in New Zealand think will make the school library better for them, it is below. The report was shared with school librarians in New Zealand, Fulbright NZ and USA, the National Library Services to Schools New Zealand, and will be written up in a few low key international library newsletters/journals.
If you are interested in the full final report I wrote for Fulbright USA you can check that out below. It has some repetition, but is more reflective than data driven. It is the evidence I submitted, based on their template, to show the worth of the program and investment for me personally.
I am next headed to Australia for the month of July and then back home to Anchorage. I will take a break from posting until next fall, after school starts. My intention is to keep the blog going as I implement the ideas I am bringing back into my own school library.