Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and languages into the curriculum provides authentic opportunities for all students to gain a deeper understanding of the traditional custodians of the lands they live and learn, along with increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ engagement.
The teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cross-curriculum priorities requires teachers to develop their own understandings and connections. This includes selection of appropriate resources, connecting with local Aboriginal community and identifying opportunities to further embed and engage students in learning opportunities. Developing these skills and understandings take time and require teachers to engage in their own learning journey.
Throughout 2022, AISNSW will be providing opportunities for teachers to begin or further their own learning by engaging in a suite of NESA Accredited Professional Development courses that focus on the cross-curriculum priority area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures through a range of K-10 syllabus documents.
Each course has been developed to provide participants with advice and strategies to strengthen their curriculum knowledge and demonstrate their growth through a series of tasks that can be implemented into their classrooms.