Monday 8 August 2011

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Monday, August 8th
9:00 AM

Welcome to Country

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Bilawara Lee, Elder of the Larrakia Nation

Lecturer Elder on Campus for the Northern Territory Medical Program

9:30 AM

Educational Success: A sustainable outcome for all Indigenous students when teachers understand where the learning journey begins.

Jeannie Herbert, Charles Sturt University

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

The statistics for educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students continually reinforce the notion of ‘failure’, of a specific cohort of students who are ‘not coping’, of the majority of teachers at a loss concerning what to do. Overall, it is a picture of doom and gloom, clearly demonstrating that education in this country has failed to live up to its promise for all students. In this presentation, research outcomes will be used to construct a different picture, a paradigm for a better future built on a strong foundation of sustainable education outcomes for the descendants of this nation’s First Peoples. The evidence presented will highlight what can happen when the learning environment is developed, nurtured, maintained and led by teachers who understand and value the importance of their role in providing a range of opportunities that will enable students to evolve into highly motivated, autonomous learners.

10:45 AM

Morning tea, poster presentations and networking

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM

Success in the early years for remote Indigenous children.

Georgie Nutton, Menzies Schools of Health Research

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions Block 1

Aboriginal Languages Reclamation: Countering the neo-classical onslaught.

Kevin Lowe, NSW Board of Studies

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions Block 1

Numeracy, Mathematics and Indigenous Learners: Not the same old thing.

Caty Morris, Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
Chris Matthews, Griffith University

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions Block 1

Successful post school transitions for Indigenous youth.

Justin Brown, ACER
Gina Milgate, ACER

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions Block 1

12:45 PM

Lunchtime Talkback - Indigenous Students and Large Scale Assessments such as NAPLAN: How do we make sure we get an accurate picture of what Indigenous students know?

Chris Freeman, ACER
Frances Eveleigh, ACER

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Creating Indigenous Classrooms of Tomorrow Today: What children will need to know and how to create it?

Lester-Irabinna Rigney, Flinders University

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Engagement or participation in education is a key factor affecting the life chances of all Australians. What will this look like in the future for Indigenous children who have an overall lower level of participation in education than non-Indigenous Australians? 21st century schooling for Indigenous students in the next decade will look very different to today. This paper discusses the characteristics of curriculum, policy and pedagogy for future schooling of Indigenous children. It uses national and international literature to explore 21st century learning that seeks to revolutionise the way we educate teachers and students. It highlights that Indigenous students live in a multi-tasking, multifaceted, technology-driven, diverse, rapidly changing world which is far removed from the world faced by most of their teachers at the time they entered adulthood. 21st century learning requires new spaces that are culturally safe, coherent and consistent. They do not override Indigenous cultures, but draw upon them as a source of learning foundation on which to build new digital learning structures. They connect school, home, country and community learning in successful ways. A key purpose of the paper is to evaluate the quality of available evidence regarding strategies for improving school attendance, retention and outcomes.

3:15 PM

Incorporating and understanding different ways of knowing in the education of Indigenous students.

Jill Milroy, University of Western Australia

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Concurrent Session Block 2

Indigenous curriculum is out there but lacking a quality teaching base.

John Lester, University of Newcastle

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Concurrent Session Block 2

Research-based literacy and numeracy resource for Indigenous students.

Margaret James, Yipirinya School NT
Cath Pearn, ACER

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Concurrent Session Block 2

Literacy and Numeracy Learning: What works for young Indigenous students? Lessons from the Longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study for Indigenous Children.

Kate Reid, ACER

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Concurrent Session Block 2