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  • 2019 | Teaching and Learning with BlackWords

    Thanks to Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund a new AustLit professional development opportunity for school educators and librarians is touring Queensland in 2019.

    Beginning in Brisbane at the State Library of Queensland’s The Edge Auditorium on 29 April 2019, the BlackWords PD team will travel to Thursday Island, Yarrabah, Mt Isa, and Rockhampton. 

    We invite teachers and librarians from local and nearby communities to attend to discover more about how AustLit and BlackWords can help meet Australian Curriculum requirements.

    Joining the convenors, Professor Anita Heiss (author and educator) and Director of AustLit, Kerry Kilner, is the well-known English Teacher Guru, Dr Lindsay Williams. Anita and Lindsay will help teachers develop teaching strategies for incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the classroom, while Kerry will demonstrate how BlackWords fits in the classroom and in personal professional development.

    A range of hands-on and engaging activities are planned so that participants will leave feeling confident about selecting Indigenous authored texts to meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum at both primary and secondary levels.

    Visit the website for more information and registration

  • 2017 | Symposium on BlackWords

    AustLit hosted its first Professional Development day for teachers in November 2017. Convenved by BlackWords champion, Professor Anita Heiss, and AustLit Director, Kerry Kilner, the event explored important ideas around how to read and teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authored texts in the classroom. The event was supported by the School of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland and the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research.

    Below are resources resulting from the Symposium.

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      Presenters from the Teaching with BlackWords Symposium - 22 November 2017

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      Challenging "Terra Nullius" of the Mind

      Lesson Plans and Activities by Lindsay Williams & More
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      Anita Heiss interviews Larissa Behrendt

      A video resource
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