Conference Date
25th & 26th October 2017
Rydges World Square, Sydney
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Closing the opportunity gap
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are outperformed at almost every level of schooling. At a grass-roots level this is influenced by school resources and teaching practices not being adequate enough for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to engage in a rigorous curriculum. This often results in students being diverted into a low track curriculum, with little exposure to the content needed to enter University, or develop the skills needed to sustain further education, training or employment.

The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education & Transitions conference will focus on strategies to improve educational outcomes and support transitions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Attend & learn how to:
  • Engage parents & communities in children’s education
  • Embed cultural knowledge in our schools
  • Support through the challenges of transitioning
  • Promote a positive sense of cultural identity
  • Provide students with the skills they need to thrive
Who will attend?
  • Catholic Education Offices
  • Independent, Catholic & State Schools
  • Universities
  • Career Services
  • Associations & Peak Bodies
  • TAFEs & RTOs
  • State & Federal Government Departments of Education
Free pass applications

Criterion is delighted to offer a select number of free passes to non-government organisations, people with disability, families and carers who would not ordinarily be able to attend.

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Attend to learn:

  • Improve community engagement in education
  • Embed cultural awareness in teaching practice
  • Support transitions into further education, training & employment
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Key Speakers

Geraldine Atkinson
Professor Shane Hearn
Dean of Indigenous Research & Education Strategy
University of Adelaide
Anton Schirripa
House Coordinator / GECKOS Coordinator
Clontarf Aboriginal College
Tristan Duggie
Indigenous Educator
State Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2017



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