Conference program and media release
The MATSITI Project Team and University of South Australia will bring together the biggest gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and educational leaders in Australia’s history for the inaugural More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative ‘Teachers are Deadly’ conference.
Conference convenor, UniSA’s Dean of Indigenous Scholarship, Engagement and Research, Professor Peter Buckskin says the inaugural conference aims to plan effective Indigenous teacher workforce strategies within the school sector.
Prof Buckskin says he would like to garner support for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Academy during the conference, which will be held from July 9-11.
“This conference will look at strategies to stem the attrition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and increase their numbers in the teaching profession,” Prof Buckskin says.
“With Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students making up around five per cent of the school population, it is now more important than ever to increase the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers beyond the current one per cent of the teaching workforce.
“An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Academy would provide the leadership required to create strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in the education sector that can respond proactively to the development and implementation of national policies and programs.
See Teachers are deadly! conference program (PDF)
See conference media release (PDF)