RESPECT, RELATIONSHIPS AND RECONCILIATION
The Respect, Relationships and Reconciliation Project aims to:
- Raise the awareness and engagement of Indigenous units’ teaching staff with RRR resources
- Build the capability and capacity of staff, encourage resource sharing and ultimately improve the learning outcomes of students undertaking units with Indigenous content.
During 2013, an AITSL grant assisted ACDE, in collaboration with MATSITI to develop a prototype website called the 3Rs of Teaching: Respect, Relationships and Reconciliation. The website hosts online modules designed to support university Faculties and Schools of Education that are addressing Focus Areas 1.4 and 2.4 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
In 2014, ACDE and MATSITI worked with 23 member institutions and Australian Indigenous Lecturers in Teacher Education (AILiTEs) to develop the prototype website. The work included auditing and mapping the website; refining original materials and writing new modules; sharing quality content; and participating in learning activities, assessment tasks and digital resources.
The website is currently being completed with the assistance of a new AITSL grant. It will be tested prior to the official launch during the ACDE Deans’ Forum in Adelaide in June 2016.
The final product will be an easily accessible repository of resources and learning approaches that can be shared and adapted to a variety of teacher education contexts and modes of delivery.
ENGAGEMENT AND SUCCESS PROJECT
The specific aims of the project are to:
- Improve the engagement and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking initial teacher education programs
- Close the gap in retention/graduation rates for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
Phase Two began in early 2014 with Project Leader Professor Toni Downes working with 21 member institutions that are committed to reviewing strategies and action plans; identifying early evidence of progress against targets; and establishing strong and collaborative working relationships with their Indigenous Education and/or Student Services Units.