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Nominate now for Indigenous STEM Awards

​​​Our schools and teachers play an important role in encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to pursue STEM education and careers.

The Australia-wide Indigenous STEM Awards, run by CSIRO, recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Schools, secondary students, teachers, mentors and other STEM professionals are encouraged to nominate for the Indigenous STEM Awards, with 12 awards on offer across seven categories. Applications close on 28 September 2018.

For more information on eligibility requirements and past winners visit the Indigenous STEM Awards​ website​.

Don't miss NAIDOC Family Fun Day on 13 July

The Department of Education will once again host a marquee at the NAIDOC Family Fun Day on Friday 13 July at Musgrave Park, West End. The marquee will showcase some of the department’s key initiatives, such as Solid Pathways and Every day counts, as well as provide valuable information on training and skills, and human resources opportunities.

NAIDOC Family Fun Day is part of NAIDOC Week across Australia from 8–15 July to honour and acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC Week is celebrated not only in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Because of her, we can!

To find out more and get involved, visit the NAIDOC Week and the NAIDOC Family Fun Day websites.

Free professional development for state school teachers

Solid Pathways is a highly successful, evidence-based program that improves outcomes for high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Solid Pathways aims to explicitly teach critical and creative thinking through culturally-responsive learning experiences.

Solid Pathways three-day professional development workshops for teachers and school leaders will be held throughout the state from April to July. Focused on effective teaching of thinking using culturally-relevant contexts, the workshops unpack how to integrate critical and creative thinking and the cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.

Workshop objectives align to the State School Strategy priorities and School Improvement Model and the material is co-delivered by University of Queensland researchers and the Solid Pathways teaching team. The workshops introduce the elements of critical and creative thinking and demonstrate ways to build those elements into the design of effective pedagogical practice.

The focus is on practical ways to embed critical thinking in classroom practice, particularly as it relates to authentically and sensitively integrating critical and creative thinking skills with Indigenous knowledge in the classroom. These professional development workshops are for teachers and school leaders.

Download the Flyer (PDF, 668KB) for more information.

2018 Indigenous Education Conference registrations open

This year’s Indigenous Education Conference entitled Excellence through innovation will feature keynotes by Professor Kerry Arabena speaking about the 1000 days program and its implementation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait families. Professor Russell Bishop speaking about the positive effects that culturally responsive pedagogy can have on Indigenous children’s learning outcomes, and Alexis Wright an award-winning Indigenous novelist who will present on the importance of storytelling in increasing engagement with Indigenous students.

There will be breakout sessions on leadership, curriculum, community engagement and language plus a Networking Dinner featuring special performances by Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts students. Registrations for the conference are now open. The conference fee for the two-day event including Networking Dinner is $300.

Visit the conference website to register and for more details.

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Get ready for National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week held from 27 May to 3 June provides a great opportunity to learn, share, and grow by exploring our past and learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story. Visit the National Reconciliation Week website and the Narragunnawali website for ideas and useful resources.

NAIDOC Week: How are you planning on celebrating?

NAIDOC Week held from 8–15 July provides an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate the histories, cultures, achievements and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme "Because of her, we can!" celebrates the contributions that Indigenous women have made to all levels of the Australian community. The department will host a marquee at the NAIDOC Family Fun Day on Friday 13 July at Musgrave Park, West End.

Schools and staff are also encouraged to involve their communities in a range of NAIDOC activities.

Engaging and fun back to school resources

Remember: there are some great materials designed to encourage school attendance. The adventures of Jimmy and Sam the Dog animation and comic book features Sam Thaiday as Sam the Dog, with a cameo appearance by Johnathan Thurston, plus former Queensland Firebirds netballer Beryl Friday.

Also featured is the department's own Tony Brown, as well as two Solid Pathways students.

Head to the Every day counts website to check out the new materials. Feel free to share.

Your free Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resource

Did you know the Dandiiri Schools and Community Library in Brisbane serves schools all around Queensland?

Dandiiri Library is a valuable, state-wide resource reflecting all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history.

Schools can access fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, puzzles, puppets, toys, kits, artefacts and teacher reference materials, all with an Indigenous focus.

The library’s knowledgeable staff can help teachers embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum in authentic and meaningful ways. Dandiiri is also an excellent source of materials on topics such as Reconciliation, the Stolen Generation, Native Title and NAIDOC week.

Membership for schools and teachers is free. Visit the Dandiiri Library page for more information.​​​​​​​


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Last updated
12 September 2018