Project lead: Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE)

Project funding: $10,000   Round 2   2012Cover of Strong Teachers book

This project celebrates the learning journey of 12 Indigenous educators who completed the fourth year of a teaching qualification through BIITE’s Indigenous Teachers Upgrade Program (ITUP). The Strong Teachers publication tells their stories and how these stories and the teachers’ ways of working align with the Australian Professional Teaching Standards. This resource can be used by teachers and leaders for discussion and planning.

The publication was converted to an e-book for sharing and for highlighting the achievements of Indigenous teachers. It can be used for promoting teaching to secondary school students.

Six of the Strong Teachers attended a three day workshop to explore further the Australian Professional Teaching Standards from an Indigenous perspective, develop their ICT skills and create online resources. The ICT skills included capturing and manipulating audio, visual and movie files.

The workshop culminated in a Celebration of Indigenous Educators event at Parliament House, attended by over 100 educators and stakeholders. This event included people involved in the related MATSITI project, the Northern Territory Department of Education’s Online Living Archive of Indigenous Teachers Stories.

Project assets

Strong Teachers: Remote Indigenous educators demonstrate connections between Community, Culture, Country and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
Batchelor Press, 2013.

Electronic copies of the book and the individual ebooks produced during the workshop can be viewed in the Indigenous Educators Collection on the Education Mob Community Stories site.

MATSITI evaluation conclusions

This project acknowledges and showcases the contributions of Indigenous teachers and has provided these teachers with the opportunity to develop digital skills through a project of which they have ownership. The project links effectively with the Northern Territory Department of Education’s Online Living Archive of Indigenous Teachers Stories, and together the two projects promoted collaboration between the NTDE, NTL and BIITE. The results of this collaboration included innovative solution based approaches and effective resource management.

The Strong Teachers project represents value for money. It is an important resource for schools and serves to promote teaching to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students.


The Strong Teachers project demonstrates the value of collaboration and respect between key players in the Northern Territory education environment, particularly Indigenous teachers, in developing teaching and learning resources relevant to today’s learning communities.

Project contact: Barbara Hatton, NT Dept of Education

Strong Teachers: Celebrating Indigenous teachers and practice project report »

BIITE – Strong Teachers: Celebrating Indigenous teachers and practice project announcement  »

MATSITI Evaluation Final Report »


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