The Indigenous Language Perspectives team:
- develops resources and provides training and mentoring support for PEA-IEAL/Ds and school/regional staff to build capability and understanding of language ecologies and how to support IEAL/D students to develop Standard Australian English skills needed to access the curriculum in line with current state wide curriculum policies, guidelines and practices
- assists in developing strategies to build regional capacity for working effectively to support Indigenous EAL/D learners by providing professional development and facilitating networking and learning opportunities between various agencies
- analyses data to inform decision making and measure school improvement efforts
- collaborates on community language projects which include the development and publishing of community language posters
- supports the development of programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional languages in schools and documents contact languages used by IEAL/D students and their families and communities
- supports traditional language teachers by producing development and implementation advice documents.
Principal Education Advisors IEAL/D
Principal Education Advisors IEAL/D work with schools, as agreed with Regional Directors, to support teachers and school leadership teams in each region to:
- develop awareness and understanding of the diverse and complex language varieties of IEAL/D students
- accurately identify Indigenous students with first languages other than Standard Australian English
- measure and monitor Standard Australian English proficiency of IEAL/D students using Bandscales State Schools (Qld) which complement Early Start and P-10 Literacy Continuum data
- build capability in effective pedagogies to address the language learning needs of IEAL/D students
- support schools, within their region, that are engaged in the state-wide inquiry for Closing the Gap in Year 3 Reading to ensure all IEAL/D students meet or exceed the national minimum standard for Year 3 NAPLAN Reading by 2019.
Email the Language Perspective team for more details.