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How to set expectations higher for Aboriginal students: Chris Sarra

Setting expectations higher for Aboriginal students can make a real and powerful difference to their education and to their expectations of themselves, teacher delegates at the Federation Annual Conference were told today (Sunday) by Professor Chris Sarra, a prominent Aboriginal educationalist who is Founder and Chairman of the Stronger Smarter Institute.

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Campaign for recognition of Australia’s First Peoples

The Referendum Council’s Uluru Statement, arising from the National Constitutional Convention attended by more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates last week, calls for:

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Powerful poetry gets giggles and raises issues faced by Aboriginal Australians

Federation’s Aboriginal Members Conference delegates were treated to performance poetry by Steven Oliver of Black Comedy fame on Saturday. His poems raise issues such as Aboriginal incarceration levels, reduced life-expectancy, substance abuse and suicide rates:

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Aboriginal Members Conference

Federation’s 20th Aboriginal Members Conference gets underway this morning with an agenda full of topics of interest to teachers. Workshop sessions will cater for teachers’ varying interests, including:

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Achievements and challenges of Aboriginal journeys shared at Friday Forum

The life journeys of several Aboriginal men and women were shared at Federation’s Friday Forum last night, ahead of today’s Aboriginal Members Conference. “I believe we are in the fourth phase of our shared history,” said Uncle Vic Chapman, who was the first Aboriginal principal in NSW public schools.

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The importance of relationships and partnerships in leading Aboriginal Education in a school

Principals and aspiring principals are exploring the different ways to meet the challenges often associated with the implementation of whole-school change at a Centre for Professional Learning course today. The Leading Aboriginal Education in Your School course focuses on the importance of relationships and partnerships.

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Action not just words needed for Indigenous students

The Prime Minister’s sentiments that Indigenous children should be given every opportunity to get the most out of their education are admirable but need to be accompanied by action, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said today. “He needs to support full implementation of the Gonski model at the COAG meeting in April,” Mr Mulheron said.

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