A Deadly Career was held on October 14-15 2013 in Adelaide – see Forum Summary Report of conference actions and outcomes.

Program facilitator Dr Chris Sarra

Conference themes:

  • Promoting a teaching career
  • Study and employment pathways
  • Teaching in 2020

Forum program (PDF)  »

Workshop program is subject to change.

Day 1: Monday 14 October

Registration from 8.30am
Conference opening | 9.30am
Senator Nigel Scullion, Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Welcome to Country: Kaurna Elder Dr (Uncle) Lewis O’Brien
Forum purpose:  Dr Chris Sarra
Teachers are deadly! Professor Peter Buckskin, Project Director, MATSITI
Keynote speaker: NSW Department of Education and Communities

100 Aboriginal teachers joining our Mob Each year: A deadly teacher recruitment strategy  (Working Title)

 Networking activity / morning tea / video showcase

Forum discussion: Moderated by Dr Chris Sarra

Why I chose teaching as a deadly Career

Indigenous teaching graduates nominated by Indigenous education faculty staff

Lunch / Video Launch

Concurrent workshop 1: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers’ Work

Teaching in an independent Aboriginal School

Lois Peeler, Principal, Worawa Aboriginal College

Cultural and professional identity

An identity-centred approach to education reform

Facilitated workshop

Involvement and leadership in teaching

Gary Cattanach, Nambucca Heads High School

Break / networking

Concurrent Workshop 2: Promoting Teaching as a career of choice

Join our mob employment recruitment campaign 

NSW Department of Education and Communities

Community-based Indigenous teacher education for the future 

RATEP: A Community Based Indigenous Teacher Education Program

Professional capacity building – pathways for education worker to teaching professional

Workforce Development WA Department of Education

Kevin KropinyeriConference dinner – a celebration of deadly teachers!

  • Kevin Kropinyeri, leading Indigenous comedian
  • Entertainment
  • Celebratory dinner

Day 2: Tuesday 15 October

Plans for the day: Dr Chris Sarra
Keynote Speaker: Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney

Webinar buttonWhat school Teachers will encounter: Indigenous Schooling in the 21st Century and The Digital Inclusion Agenda

Webinar: Registration/login details to be advised shortly

Forum Debate: Moderated by Dr Chris Sarra

How do we restore integrity and respect into our profession?

School authorities/employers, teacher educators, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

workshop 3: Future teachers

Vision 2020: the changing face of teaching and technology

Catholic Education SA

Teaching for community: Tellin’ the stories

Yungorrendi First Nations Centre

Apple Education

Influence through Social Media

Luke Pearson, IndigenousX Network


Workshop 4: Planning Future Actions

School  authorities

Future actions

Teacher educators

Future actions


Future actions

Action Plans

Next Steps

Moderated by Dr Chris Sarra and Dr Kaye Price

Delegates depart conference 4.30pm

2 thoughts on “A Deadly Career! Draft Program

  1. I am an Indigenous current practising classroom teacher from Lismore in Northern NSW,Bundjalung Country. I have been classroom teaching for the last 15 years. I have received an email regarding the conference and possible attendance funded through the organising committee. I am extremely interested in attending.


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