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Project lead: Catholic Education Commission of Victoria

Project funding:   $50,000   Round 4   2015

This project aimed to provide leadership training for the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria’s (CECV) 15 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and eight education workers. At the time of application there was only one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary teacher in a leadership position, namely vice principal. The project employed Australian Catholic University (ACU) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic staff to provide the leadership training to enhance the skills and confidence of these staff to apply for leadership roles in their schools.

The training program consists of five days over one year with action research through the year.

Positive outcomes of the project include:

  • Establishment of a partnership between CECV and ACU for accreditation of this and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professional learning activities.
  • Enrolment of four participants in one unit of study towards a Masters qualification.
  • Establishment of a CECV Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teacher Network for 2016.
  • Greater readiness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to identify embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, history and culture into the curriculum.
  • Increased awareness on the part of non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues and issues which impact them.

MATSITI funding provided a new opportunity to set up this leadership program, which in turn has led to networking and sharing of stories. An enthusiasm and momentum has been achieved which will sustain the program into the future.

MATSITI evaluation conclusions

Significant achievements have resulted from this one-year program which has given a new voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. Even greater success could result from the CECV broadening the program’s reach and encouraging leadership aspirations of participants beyond their school.

Finding

The networks established through the National Catholic Education Commission should assist states to implement more effective local strategies to increase the number and capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers at all levels.

Project contact: David Huggins, Assistant Director, Student & Family Engagement, Catholic Education Commission of Victoria

CECV Leadership program for Aboriginal teachers and Koorie education workers project report 2015 »

Presentation to MATSITI OurMobTeach conference 2015 »

CECV Leadership program for Koori teachers project announcement 2014 »

MATSITI Evaluation Final Report »

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