Completing this course will contribute 12 hours of NESA registered Professional Development addressing 1.4.2, 2.4.2, 6.3.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

​​​​​​​UNDERSTANDING ABORIGINAL IDENTITY



Learning Outcomes

This course studies the core elements of Aboriginal Identity for the purpose of understanding your Aboriginal students' culture and to provide participants with the cultural awareness required to effectively engage and improve the learning outcomes for Aboriginal students within the local area.

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General Information

​This course is presented face-to-face over two consecutive days. Usual start/finish times are 9.00 am - 4.00 pm, but this is subject to change. The maximum number of attendees per session in this course is capped at 15. This keeps the atmosphere intimate and interactive, ensuring that all participants get the most out of the material offered by our passionate teaching staff.



Course Structure

Module 1: Culture & Community
Explores the aspects of everyday life are that are foundational in identity as an Aboriginal person. We dive into what culture is holistically and what culture means to Aboriginal people, including how it affects and builds integrity into identity. A holistic understanding of what identity looks like and how staff can help students build strength into their identity while establishing a respect based relationship with positive educational outcomes.

Module 2: Country
Gain an understanding of the pivotal influence that community, language and traditions have on Aboriginal identity. Participants will be equipped to effectively relate to Aboriginal students and bring about the best chances of positive culture change in the classroom environment. We explore what it means to be connected to country and how this effects Aboriginal identity. There will be active discussion around how connecting to country ties in with community and identity in a traditional sense as well as in today’s setting.

Module 3: History
Time will be spent exploring history from an individual perspective and how this effects community connection and individual identity. We will examine the past and the present to arrive at a relevant understanding of how this shapes identity in Aboriginal people today. Participants will learn the inner workings of identity and how to recognise what opportunities exist for culture changes within their school in order to effectively reach and communicate with Aboriginal students and community.

Module 4: Dreaming & Tradition
A look at the spiritual side of Aboriginality and what part it plays in identity. We also discuss traditions ranging from pre-settlement Australia through to the traditions that we see today, how they have evolved and what impact that has had on Aboriginal identity. We then link this to what our students today may be experiencing about their identity, so that participants may gain insight into what their students may be working through and how to best relate to them.



Register to attend a course session

​​Please note, this form should not be submitted until you have approval from your school to attend the course


​​Full course fees are $500

 Professional Development for NSW Teachers