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Professional Development

Understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Wed 24 Mar at 4.00pm - Wed 24 Mar at 5.30pm
Venue Online webinar

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This webinar is part of a Teacher Professional Development course on "Understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures", designed to support teachers to create a lesson for their own class.

Join us and other teachers from across Australia to hear from experts about Aboriginal cultures and histories, share lessons and collaborate with other participants. 

Completing this course before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 7 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors 2.1.2, 2.3.2, 3.3.2 and 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

This course is also registered PD with the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI). Teachers from other states and territories will receive a certificate of completion for their own PD portfolios.

The course is online and has four parts:

1. Pre-reading for teachers to read relevant information about understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, including news articles, videos and profiles of the scientists participating in the introductory webinar. We ask teachers to use these resource to prepare some questions for Q&A session during the webinar.

2. An introductory webinar (90 minutes), during which teachers will:

a. Hear short presentations from experts about their role in understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, followed by a Q&A session.

b. Review curriculum content in secondary science subjects related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

c. Learn about new teaching resources about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

d. Reflect on how they might incorporate new knowledge or resources from the webinar in their own teaching.

3. Lesson development: Teachers develop a resource pack for a 60-80 minute lesson about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures for a subject and year group of their choice.

4. Feedback and reflection:

a. Provide feedback on the lesson developed by another participating teacher, OR

b. Deliver the lesson with your class and ask a peer at your school to provide you feedback.

For enquiries, please call the ANSTO Discovery Centre on (02) 9717 3090 or email

*This course is pending approval for interim accreditation with NESA, as NESA perform their review of teacher professional development.