Project lead: Queensland Department of Education and Training
Project funding: $49,925 Round 3 2013
This project builds on existing programs by creating content specific to the recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in the Make A Difference – Teach and Teach Team initiatives. It aims to increase the number and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in Queensland public schools, enhance perceptions of teaching within Indigenous communities and strengthen the capacity of schools to engage in a more culturally responsive pedagogy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
A permanent presence on the existing Make a Difference – Teach website has been established to share information with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in a career in teaching. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers are encouraged to share their stories of their journey into and through teaching and their impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. These stories are published through the website and other media including established social media channels. The website also promotes pathways into teaching and links to induction and resources to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preservice teachers transitioning to beginning teacher.
A range of digital resources including photographs and video interviews of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers, and printed materials for use at teaching career events, has been developed. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers attend the career events.
The Teach Team has expanded to include seven new Indigenous teachers as Ambassadors who provide targeted presentations to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students and preservice teachers to promote teaching as a career and provide guidance regarding employment opportunities and pathways.
Website: Make a Difference – Teach
Three YouTube videos – Proud to be an Indigenous teacher
MATSITI evaluation conclusions
This project derives sustainability through its integration into existing programs to promote teaching. The responsible team works closely with the Department’s Aboriginal Education unit and, with its focus on outcomes, is building a business case for maintaining Deadly teachers make a difference. The project owners have stated their commitment to enhancing and building on this successful suite of strategies.
Through a rechannelling of efforts into the attraction, retention and development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as teachers within an established framework, this project has the potential for continued success.
Project contact: Leonie Clark, Senior Online Content Producer, Attraction, Human Resources, Queensland Department of Education and Training