Currently our Indigenous Education Reference Group meets once a term with a clear purpose to assist us in ‘doing more and doing it better’ when it comes to our commitments to Growing Deep, ACARA and Reconciliation. At our meeting held since the last edition of this Update, a number of initiatives started to take shape as we look to ways to encourage and enable all of our schools to be leaders in both education and reconciliation.
One important partner in this is Australians Together who are now very close to releasing ACARA mapped teaching and learning resources in the areas of Science, Maths, HASS and English. These will be released in ‘prototype’ mode with some of our learning communities involved in trialling the materials. Australians Together have a strong Christian ’core’ which aligns with our own learner focus as articulated in ‘Growing Deep’.
If you are thinking and planning around the ACARA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priorities, our relationship with Australians Together may be valuable. For more information please feel free to make contact with Rod Wearn at LESNW.
Australians Together online resources
As well as the pending ‘mapped’ curriculum resources, Australians Together have some excellent resources currently available on their website. Many of these are very well produced videos that are excellent for the classroom (HASS, Christian Studies etc) as well as for group devotions. They can be found at https://australianstogether.org.au/education/
ACARA Science Resources
“In response to feedback from community and educators, ACARA has developed 95 new elaborations to help teachers to incorporate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum: Science.” If you teach Science at any level there is valuable learning for teachers in these elaborations.
Information about these as well as links to their potential resources can be found at https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/f-10-curriculum/cross-curriculum-priorities/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-histories-and-cultures/
“the Narragunnawali team has developed a suite of subject-specific resource guides spanning across all subject areas!” that “are neither prescriptive nor exhaustive”.
The resources are presented as free downloadable PDF files and are quite extensive. As well as historic and planning information they include links to context relevant ABC documentaries as well as video resources from other providers. Worth a look and found at https:/www.narragunnawali.org.au/about/subject-guides