National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association
The National Aboriginal &Torres Strait IslanderPrincipals’ AssociationThe History
The background of NATSIPA In 2007 a small group of Aboriginal principals were invited to Adelaide to discuss the possibilities of a national association- 7 principals attended representing 3 states In 2008 49 participants attending the first gathering in Darwin to further discuss the next steps of the principal association. Two chairs and seven executive nominated In 2009 seven executive members and a new Chair attend the first National Conversation with Principals in Canberra with the Education Minister, Julia Gilliard ( 3 original executive and 4 new members)
National Aboriginal & TorresStrait Islander Principals’Association Constitution developed in June 2010 New Co-chairs appointed in October 2010 (NSW & WA) Invitation to sit on Dare To Lead Steering Committee in 2011 Meeting with the Eduaction Minister, Peter Garrett Sept 2011 Representation Australian Institute for Teachers & School Leadership (AITSL), MATSITI, First Peoples Education Advisory Group, Congress & ACARA Discussions with APPA for representation on Principals Australia
Purpose To be the foremost representative voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school Principals adding valuable perspectives to the national education agenda. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educational leaders, working in schools and education departments, through NATSIPA, will embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and influence the formulation of national education policy, with the key goals of improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educational outcomes.
Aims and objectives: To increase the breadth and depth of high quality Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander principals in education leadership. To sustain a coordinated professional support network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educational leaders. To build strong relationships and partnerships with principals, education systems and other organisations working to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. To work with education and professional representative groups to strategically influence future state and national policies relating to the well-being and life chances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. To promote reconciliation and greater understanding and respect to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and cultures inform education policies. To analyse and advise on the impact policies and practices have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school communities.
Key Questions What is effective leadership? How can I enhance my leadership capacity? How can I benefit from this network? www.NATSIPA.org.au
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