Understanding Aboriginality Webinar May 10. Register now!

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Thursday, May 10 2018. 2pm AEST

Register Now!  Share the flyer with others – download it here.

Join us in this interactive 60-minute webinar, accessible from any location with a computer connection.

This webinar will help you understand more about:

  • Unpacking the complexities of Aboriginality
  • How to identify and challenge prevailing concepts
  • What cultural safety means
  • How issues of cultural safety play out in education
  • How to make spaces more culturally safe.

We will provide you with checklists, to identify what is already in place and what’s needed where you work, and resources to help you continue your journey.

Cost: $25 per head or $20 per head for bookings of five or more. (+30 cent booking fee)

Proceeds will support continuing work on the Respect. Relationships and Reconciliation platform at rrr.edu.au, with its host of resources freely available for all future and current educators.

The webinar is presented by Australian Council of Deans of Education, which represents Australia’s university Schools and Faculties of Education, and the Australian Indigenous Lecturers in Initial Teacher Education Association.


Dr Sheelagh Daniels-Mayes, a Kamilaroi woman originally from north-western NSW, is passionate  about Aboriginal education. She worked in senior project management in  community corrections, disability services, and chronically homeless youth  before joining the Sydney School of Education and Social Work in 2017 as a  Fellow in the Wingara Mura Leadership Program.

In 2016, Sheelagh completed her doctorate, ?Culturally Responsive Pedagogies  of Success: Improving educational outcomes for Australian Aboriginal students? ,  at the University of South Australia. Sheelagh has studied education, criminology  and psychology and now specialises in Aboriginal education; using a framework  of cultural responsiveness infused with the tenets of Critical Race Theory.

Shirley Gilbert?, a Gunditjmara woman, has worked in Aboriginal Education for  over 25 years. Shirley is an authority on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  curriculum research and development; has provided expert advice to ACARA on  the development of the national Aboriginal Studies curriculum; and is part of the  AITSL-sponsored project team developing curriculum resources to address  cultural responsiveness for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  students. Shirley is often asked to advise on professional development for pre-service and in-service teachers in NSW and nationally.

This lecturer in  Western Sydney University’s School of Education is National President of the  Australian Indigenous Lecturers in Teacher Education Association. She is  currently researching her own teaching with secondary pre-service teachers,  investigating ways to improve how teachers move from being culturally  competent to culturally responsive professionals.

Dr Graeme Gower? is? ?a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the Edith  Cowan Institute for Education Research at Edith Cowan University. This  descendant of the Yawuru people of Broome, Western Australia, and has been  involved in Indigenous education for 38 years – eight years as a primary school  teacher and 30 years in higher education.

Graeme, a teacher and researcher, is particularly interested in Indigenous  cultural competency and Indigenous research methodologies. He is a strong  advocate of cultural competency training for researchers who engage in  Indigenous research to strengthen ethical practices and effective  communication among participants and Indigenous communities.

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