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
- Catholic Education Offices
- Independent, Catholic & State Schools
- Career Services
- Associations & Peak Bodies
- TAFEs & RTOs
- State & Federal Government Departments of Education
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.
Attend to learn:
- Improve community engagement in education
- Embed cultural awareness in teaching practice
- Support transitions into further education, training & employment
A Bangerang/Wiradjuri woman, Geraldine Atkinson has devoted her career to expanding the possibilities available for Koorie people through education, which she considers to be the best instrument of progress. For over 30 years Geraldine has been a significant presence in the Koorie and wider Victorian community, beginning as an Aboriginal teacher aide in 1976. She is a recognised leader in Koorie education, and since 1999 has been President of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc (VAEAI).
University of Adelaide
Professor Shane Hearn is a Noongar man born in Esperance, Western Australia.
Shane is a thought leader and systems thinker with over 20 years of experience in Aboriginal affairs across policy, education, health, and employment in both public and private sectors.
Shane has led numerous high level, evidence-based strategic initiatives that have contributed to institutional change, resulting in a whole-of-university responsibility towards Indigenous education and career development. Key initiatives include the delivery of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPS) and green papers, and implementing university-wide employment and the development numerous Indigenous university strategies program development including cadetships, internships, and an international research exchange program.
Today, Shane is the driving force behind a range of innovative higher education strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at The University of Adelaide. Through his new flagship Karnkanthi Indigenous Education Program, these strategies tap into students’ existing cultural and personal strengths, foster their academic skills and university aspirations, and create opportunities for career excellence through individually tailored development programs and streamlined pathways from school to university and beyond.
Shane is committed to unlocking the inherent capabilities and transforming the lives of young Indigenous people through higher education and career-relevant experience, to produce high quality, work-ready graduates.
Clontarf Aboriginal College
Anton is a Ngoorabal mari (man) from Northern New South Wales, growing up in Perth, Western Australia. Anton has been working in Aboriginal education for 6 years and is currently a Student Pastoral Care Coordinator at Clontarf Aboriginal College. Anton is currently completing his Master of Education in Leadership at the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Indigenous Culture at the University of South Australia. Anton’s speciality lies in making effective links between Aboriginal culture and mainstream Australian curriculum.
State Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2017
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