Photo of Tracy SaundersFour years after becoming an Aboriginal Education Worker (AEW), Tracy Saunders began exploring teacher education study options.

Tracy was motivated both by the lack of a career pathway for AEWs and also that she was “tired of sitting in the back of the classroom watching the way things were being done to our kids.”

Studying through the Yalbalinga Indigenous Higher Education Unit at the Australian Catholic University, Tracy does two separate weeks of intensive, residential study in Sydney – ‘Res Week’ – with like-minded, mainly mature-age students from across NSW. “I’m able to work, have a family (with three children) and still study,” she says.

The “brilliant support” for students includes workplaces granting special study leave and accommodation being organised so students can concentrate on their study.

Story courtesy of The Koori MailRead the full article (PDF)   Koori Mail logo


Australian Council of Deans of EducationThe Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE) works with the MATSITI project team to support the commitment of universities to increase graduate numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers – see further posts about ACDE’s involvement with MATSITI.



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