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Teaching with BlackWords on Tour!

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  • Teaching and Learning with BlackWords

    An AustLit professional development opportunity for school educators and librarians is coming to the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane and four regional and remote Queensland locations in 2019.

    BlackWords is the most comprehensive resource available about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers. Learn how to use BlackWords and the material it publishes to bring Indigenous Perspectives to your teaching in English, History, and Studies of Society. 

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  • Develop your skills in embedding Indigenous Perspectives

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    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, Woorabinda, and (later in the year) to Longreach.

    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, Lindsay Williams. Anita and Lindsay will help teachers develop teaching strategies for incorporating Australian First Nations perspectives in the classroom, while Kerry will run a workshop for librarians who support teachers and students.

    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.

    Writers and educators from each location will join the team to give their perspectives on hearing Indigenous voices in the classroom. 

    Localise your teaching, discover Australian stories from your region, deepen your understanding.

    Attendees will receive a complimentary subscription to AustLit until the end of 2019, including access to all BlackWords teaching resources, and a certificate of attendance.

    Register here

    Or, visit the menu on the left for more information about each location as available.

    Cost: $110 for employed attendees ; $75 for students or pre-service teachers

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  • Event Locations


    (The Edge Auditorium, State Library of Queensland)

    Thursday Island

    (TRAWQ Community Hall)


    (Yarrabah Knowledge Centre)


     (venue to be advised)

    N/West Queensland (to be confirmed)
    Monday, 29th April Thursday, 2nd May  Saturday, 4th May  Saturday, 11th May date TBD

    Use the menu on the left to register for events.

  • Acknowledgements

    We are enormously grateful for the support of the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund and the State Library of Queensland for assisting us to take this show on the road!

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