Rallying the hearts and minds of potential
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
teachers for Australian schools:
Making i...
1990s – 2000s: Howard, Rudd and Gillard Administrations
Mainstreaming of
IndigenousAffairs
Northern Territory
Intervention...
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Education Action Plan;
• National Australian Curriculum;
• National standards for ...
More Aboriginal & Torres Strait
Islander Teachers Initiative
1. Leadership, quality teaching and
workforce development;
2....
MATSITI Outcomes
• Comprehensive qualitative and quantitative
research on factors and effectiveness of
strategies to incre...
MATSITI
Need for a cultural shift by;
- Schools
- Universities
- Education Jurisdictions
- Professional Bodies
- Governmen...
Barriers to Higher
Initial Teacher Education Progams
• Academic success of schools leavers;
• Financial pressures;
• Isola...
• Planting the seed in primary school students to
aspire to be teachers;
• Stronger targeting of school leavers -Year 12;
...
• Improved provision of mentoring programs
for early career teachers;
• Improved provision of mentoring for teachers
aspir...
• Campaign to promote teaching as a preferred
position by better use of IT and social media;
• Development and constructio...
• School Leaders Forum
www.matsiti.edu.au/events/leaders
• Aboriginal andTorres Strait Islander
Academics lecturing inTeac...
Photos courtesy of Google Images
www.matsiti.edu.au
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Wipce 2014 Matsiti Presentation Prof Buckskin

  1. 1. Rallying the hearts and minds of potential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers for Australian schools: Making it Happen! Professor Peter Buckskin PSM FACE Emeritus Professor Dr Paul Hughes AM FACE 2014 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WiPC:E), Hawaii
  2. 2. 1990s – 2000s: Howard, Rudd and Gillard Administrations Mainstreaming of IndigenousAffairs Northern Territory Intervention Closing the Gap 1980s: the Hawke and Keating Administrations Establishment of the National Aboriginal Education Committee NationalAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy AThousandAboriginal Teachers by 1990 1970s: Whitlam and Fraser Administrations Commonwealth Schools Commission Standing Committee on Aboriginal Education Release of the Schools Commission Report
  3. 3. • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan; • National Australian Curriculum; • National standards for teachers and leaders; and • More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI). National Policy Context
  4. 4. More Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative 1. Leadership, quality teaching and workforce development; 2. Increase the numbers of and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers; and 3. Identify and develop strategies to support the leadership aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers. www.matsiti.edu.au
  5. 5. MATSITI Outcomes • Comprehensive qualitative and quantitative research on factors and effectiveness of strategies to increase; • Building partnerships and co-investment agreement s to increase recruitment, retention and leadership in teacher education and schools; • National community engagement and marketing strategy to promote teaching as a career option.
  6. 6. MATSITI Need for a cultural shift by; - Schools - Universities - Education Jurisdictions - Professional Bodies - Governments
  7. 7. Barriers to Higher Initial Teacher Education Progams • Academic success of schools leavers; • Financial pressures; • Isolation & loneliness and cultural dislocation; • Lack of Indigenous academics and advisers in University’s Schools of Education; and • Racism
  8. 8. • Planting the seed in primary school students to aspire to be teachers; • Stronger targeting of school leavers -Year 12; • Focus on mature students - University graduates wishing to make a career change; • Provision of scholarships for school leavers and mature age students. Recruitment
  9. 9. • Improved provision of mentoring programs for early career teachers; • Improved provision of mentoring for teachers aspiring to leadership positions; and • Need for more scholarships for the current workforce to upgrade qualifications and experience in a culturally empowering context. Retention
  10. 10. • Campaign to promote teaching as a preferred position by better use of IT and social media; • Development and constructions of Online Living archives of Indigenous Teachers Stories; • Promoting successful Indigenous Teachers engaging students and community as ambassadors for the profession. Promotion of the Profession
  11. 11. • School Leaders Forum www.matsiti.edu.au/events/leaders • Aboriginal andTorres Strait Islander Academics lecturing inTeacher Education Programs Forum www.matsiti.edu.au/events/natsiates 2014 Forums
  12. 12. Photos courtesy of Google Images www.matsiti.edu.au

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