Dr Pat Smith
Project Consultant, based at RMIT
Project Leader, based at University of Tasmania
Project Manager, Tasmanian Aboriginal Education Unit.
This workshop will address the notion of capacity building in
Indigenous communities. The focus will be on the involvement
of parents and community leaders in Changing Places and INISSS
(Improving Numeracy for Indigenous Secondary School Students)
programs. These programs have been successful in enhancing the
literacy and numeracy skills of under-achieving Indigenous students.
Participants will experience two strategies, From Gumnuts to
Buttons, a role play activity and stories from Big Dog Island,
a cultural experience. A new initiative, multi-genre writing
will also be presented. Successful strategies for involving the
Indigenous community in educational experiences will be shared
through discussion based on video data and the role play experience.
Vicky Nicholson, the project manager for the Tasmanian Aboriginal
Unit, has been responsible for the development of Changing Places.
The project has been recognised as outstanding and received a
special Minister's Award for Educational Excellence in 2001.
Rosemary Callingham leads the numeracy and assessment team. her
leadership has seen the development of inclusive classroom practices
and the introduction of innovative assessment and reporting practices.
Pat Smith leads the literacy learning team in the project. Her
interest in socially critical literacy hassled to the teacher/action
Multigenre Project, an exciting development of community building.