Presenters Nathan Towney and Sue French, Aboriginal Education Coordinator Charline Emzin-Boyd, Federation Executive member Ben Ballard, plus presenters Natalie Pierson and Jenny Walker

Aboriginal education leadership course

Kathy Deacon
Charline Emzin-Boyd

The Centre for Professional Learning’s highly evaluated Leading Aboriginal Education in Your School — Relationships, Partnerships and Growth course will be held again on September 11.

The inaugural course was held in May, with 35 participants.

The course has been designed for principals and aspiring principals leading the implementation of Aboriginal education in school communities. Participants reflect on the importance of explicit leadership to support the implementation of the existing Departmental policy. There is an exploration of the different ways to meet the challenges often associated with the implementation of whole school change with a focus on the importance of relationships and partnerships. Presenters, who are highly experienced in varied leadership roles in the Department, explore practical examples of ways to build cultural knowledge and understanding in schools and assist participants to plan for the future in their school contexts.

Completing the Leading Aboriginal Education in Your School course will contribute five hours towards Quality Teaching Council Registered Professional Development. Federation members can find further information about the course, the presenters and apply here.

Kathy Deacon is Director, Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) and Charline Emzin-Boyd is Federation’s Aboriginal Education Coordinator.

Participants' comments

  • "The course gave an overarching view of Aboriginal Education. Thank you for putting on the course. This course came along at a time when I was struggling with leading Aboriginal Education in our school. Thank you.”
  • “The day was totally enjoyable. The networking with others was valuable and we were made to feel welcome and valued.”
  • “There were lots of resources available. I’m hoping to make a start, to try the strategies from today, at our school as soon as possible.”
  • “The presenters came across as a team and they worked well together, showing a deep knowledge that they were willing to share.”
  • “Overall the course was well structured and thought-provoking. I also feel it has provided a starting point to effect some change back at my school.”
  • “The course was really useful — I don’t feel overloaded anymore. I feel empowered and inspired.”