Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Dr Pat Smith
Project Consultant, based at RMIT
Rosemary Callingham
Project Leader, based at University of Tasmania
Vicky Nicholson
Project Manager, Tasmanian Aboriginal Education Unit.

Changing Places

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.

Presentation Type
60min. Workshop

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Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001