August 11, 2017

The IAS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference 2017 – Bridging the Gap: Policy to Practice

11 August 2017
University of Technology, NSW

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference is the event of the year for school leaders, teachers and other education community members to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures to deepen understanding of how these skills and knowledge can be embedded into the curriculum for all students.

Powerful lineup of keynote speakers
The conference program features an impressive line-up of keynote speakers including Terri Janke, an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property. Terri’s keynote will focus on the True Tracks Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Protocols Framework used in arts, film and the museums and galleries sector to consider how this approach translates to schools. Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property is now to be included within elements of the Stage 6 Science and English (Advanced) courses.

Professor Larissa Behrendt, who holds the Chair of Indigenous Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney, will also give a powerful address supporting inclusive practices of all students. Larissa is a graduate of UNSW and Harvard Law School. She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. Her most recent book is Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling (2016, UQP). Larissa wrote and directed the Walkley nominated feature documentary, Innocence Betrayed. She is a board member of the Sydney Festival and a member of the Major Performing Arts Panel of the Australia Council. Larissa was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year.

Workshops and resources
The conference provides participants opportunities to engage with leading Aboriginal organisations which can support the implementation of the curriculum in schools along with supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners. Workshop presentations will include new resources launched by ACARA along with presentations from St Andrew’s Cathedral Gawura School, International Grammar School. Animated children’s show Little J and Big Cuz author, Priscilla Reid-Lovnes, will also present.

Hands on cultural workshops will provide participants with classroom ideas and skills in art making, dance, dreaming stories and cultural talk. Conference participants will be supported to gain the skills and knowledge to address the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cross-curricular priorities. Attendance will contribute seven hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.4.2, 2.4.2, 3.7.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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