Dare to Lead Conference Canberra 14 August 2009 At the end of the day the quality of programs in schools is reflected in the quality of the relationships between people who have to work together Dare to Lead Workshop Overview Overview of
Aboriginal education at RRHS Programs Classroom delivery Activity What is happening at a classroom
level Whole School Community of Schools project Same outcomes Richmond River High School
Comprehensive public school in a semi rural district on the North Coast of NSW Priority School Funding Currently implementing Positive Behaviour for Learning 3 core targets of QT,
literacy and numeracy, school and community partnerships Aboriginal student population approximately 2% Classroom level
Specific units of work Staff in servicing starting at executive level Faculty accountability Transition programs Year 8 Cultural Studies Empowering staff Task: improve literacy and numeracy levels AND rates of school completion to successfully participate in post school options
Participation Skills Partnerships Genuine partnerships which are effective and productive for all parties are not always easy to fosterthis is the hard part. we doom our children to failure if we do not make sure they attend. Professor Hughes Skills To develop useful academic skills in ways you currently know how
we all know how to teach! Programming but also the delivery (differientiated curriculum/backward mapping) Literacy / numeracy interventions (Norta Norta, DEEWA) Analysis of NAPLAN results AND act on them as a WHOLE SCHOOL Scope and sequence in all KLAs (stage 3-4) Recognise the characteristics of G & T and nurture them
(the hook) (primary schools) Participation To encourage engaged participation in ways which are well established Welcome to country / flying the flag NAIDOC Week / Sorry Day Cultural Activities Library resources needs to be documented and the whole school is aware of what is happening one off activities are feel good BUT are they encouraging engaged
participation? Partnerships Knowledgeable and sensitive respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their Culturepervades the other two! Staff Students Whole school culture Parents and Communities MUST be part of the educational journey for success Frightening figures from Cycles for Success DETE SA 2002 p.44
Days Absent Total Days Number of Terms Number of Years Missed 1 day per week 451 9
2 years 1 term 1.5 days per week 676.5 13.5 3 years 1.5 terms 2 days per week 902 18
4 years 2 terms 3 days per week 1353 27 6 years 3 terms 5 days per week 1127.5
22 5 years 2 terms Average 5 days per term 220 5.5 1 years 1.5 terms Average 10 days per term
440 11 2 year 3 terms What are the reasons for student absences? Data* illustrates that Aboriginal students were staying away from school not to stay at home to watch TV or ducking off to the shops but for a variety of reasons including
Brainstorm in table groups why kids may stay at home *Data from McRae, 1990 What Works. The Work Program The Workbook Reasons (McRae, 1990 What Works. The Work Program The Workbook) Needed to help at home Felt they couldnt do the work reinforced by their teachers High mobility and poverty School was considered childish (usually yr 9 and 10) and hung out in groupsoften with a parent Year 7 boys testing the waters who would truant until caught then usually stop
Real or imagined bullying at school. Social interactions with peers AND teachers unhappyusually problems with primary-secondary transition Children living with extended family Strong attachment with home and parental protection The most important school factor was the nature and quality of relationships between students and What our kids Say
What is Racism? How much does racism affect your ability to achieve at school? What do you do if someone says something racist to you? Who do you think should make sure there is no racism in the school? What do you think is effective against racism? Year 8 Cultural Studies
The aim of Cultural Studies is to develop an understanding of Australian Aboriginal Peoples, and other cultures within Australia to enable students to be active and informed advocates for a just and inclusive society. Success and otherwise.. Whole School
Dare to Lead resources/inservices Personalised Learning Plans Yarn-Up pilot project - Kanyini Artist in Residence Aboriginal Education Plan In-School Work Program Acknowledgement of Country Creative use of funding
Awareness and Confidence Why has the artist placed the shoes in a circle ? What does the circle symbolise ? Why are there only shoes depicted ? What point does that make ? What difference would it make to the message of the picture if the feet were bare ?
Please Explain (extract from Berwick, Burgess & Meyers) Aboriginal identity is always controversial media perception creates divided views -misquoted/misguided -teachers must be open minded, admit they do not always know the answers, be prepared to research, discuss and argue with their students Activity: Many of them are no darker than me. Many of them are no darker than me Aboriginality is defined only in terms of colour
It is offensive to Aboriginal people to be referred as half-castes The Commonwealth Governments definition of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person covers people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait descent who wish to identify as such Protectionism had positive effects on maintaining Aboriginality A person must be accepted by the Aboriginal community to identify as Aboriginal Aboriginal people no longer have kinship ties Where a person comes from, as well as their family connections, may identify that person as Aboriginal A large number of Aboriginals are eligible for a free car from the government when living in remote areas Bringing Them Home is the name of the government report about the stolen generation Coloured is an accepted term for Australian Aboriginals A non- Aboriginal person who pretends to be Aboriginal is likely to be accepted by
both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community Community of Schools Project SNP-Aboriginal Education Respect and acknowledgement is integral to Aboriginal student success. However, flying a flag, celebrating NAIDOC Week etc are not changing student educational outcomes. Scott Fatnowna QT Conference Coffs Harbour 2008 Respectful and positive relationships Parental
Our Ideal School Imagine you could wish for the stars In your ideal school what programs/activities would you include to promote equal opportunity, inclusion, success and pride for ALL students Considerations. Literacy Retention Numeracy
Welfare Attendance Our school Aboriginal Employment/ Role Models Community Involvement Behaviour Cultural
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