After morning tea on Thursday, we will be holding two Workshop Sessions. 
You can choose one from Workshop A and one from Workshop B to attend.

Workshops A

Workshop 1:  Stronger Smarter Institute STEM Indigenous Knowledges (SSiSTEMIK)

Fiona Bobongie & Liz Kupsch

Liz is a proud Waanyi-Ganagalidda and Wankamadla woman.  She comes to the Stronger Smarter Institute with over 25 years of experience working in education. She completed a Bachelor of Education at JCU Townsville and has been a primary school teacher for 19 years gaining lots of hands-on experience working predominantly in schools with low socio-economic status and significant populations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Liz has also worked as an Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Schools (EATSIPS) Principal Project Officer for the South East Region and managed a team to embed Indigenous perspectives into the Australian Curriculum through its Queensland element, Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C).  Most recently she held the Senior Coordinator role for CSIRO’s Inquiry into Indigenous Science Students where she co-developed Indigenous science programs to increase the engagement, achievement and attendance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths.

Liz has a strong desire and life-long passion that is focussed on increasing the educational and life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Fiona Bobongie (nee Mann) is a proud Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman, from the First Nations People of Tanna and Ambrym Island.

She has worked with the Stronger Smarter Institute for 4 years, leading the development and implementation of the inaugural Jarjums Program.  Fiona is a specialist in delivering the Leadership, Jarjums, Workplaces and Specialist Programs. Prior to this, she delivered Professional Development for educators for nearly 10 years.  She is now working as a Senior Project Officer in our Research and Impact Team.

Her experiences span 30 years working in various roles with the Qld Department of Education.  From Teacher Aide, Teacher, Acting Principal to Principal Project Officer for Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Schools and Early Childhood in two regions – Central Queensland and North Queensland.

Her recent highlights include presenting at Early Childhood Australia Reconciliation Symposium 2017, NSW Gowrie Conference 2016, AIATSIS National Conference 2012, National Australian Women’s Conference. Internationally, Fiona spoke at WIPCE the World Indigenous Peoples Conference in Education in Hawaii, 2014 and Toronto, Canada, 2017.   She has also presented at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association and Te Akatea (Maori Principals) Brisbane, 2016 and in Waitangi, Aotearoa in 2018.

Workshop 2:  Maori succeeding as Maori

Aramoana Mohi

‘Māori Succeeding as Māori’ in mainstream settings however that would be at a variety of levels, akonga, whanau, and Māori women as leaders in these learning spaces.

Workshop 3:  Connecting Communities K-12

Fiona Kelly and Daniel Fusi

Fiona Kelly is a Paakantji/Ngyiampaa woman from Menindee. She has been teaching since 1988 in schools throughout western NSW and has taught classes from preschool to year six. Fiona has also work in a variety of positions including Aboriginal Education Resource Teacher, Instructional Leader and also Paakantji Language and Culture Nest teacher. She is passionate about improving outcomes for Aboriginal students and developing real partnerships with the community. Fiona has recently been appointed as the Executive Principal of Menindee Central School.

Daniel Fusi has been employed at Menindee Central School since 2007. His first role was as the Aboriginal Male Educator and in 2013 he gained the position of Senior Leader Community Engagement when Menindee Central became a Connected Community school. Daniel has been pivotal in the success of student and community engagement programs at MCS.

Workshop 4:  Always is, Always Will Be

Tracey Betts & Danielle Tran

At Bossley Park Public School, Aboriginal education always is and always will be everyone’s business. In our workshop, we will demonstrate how Aboriginal education is embedded into the teaching, learning, sharing and connecting we do at our school and in our community. Areas we will discuss include:

Creating a shared sense of pride and respect for Aboriginal histories and cultures through authentically embedding Aboriginal histories, cultures and knowledges in the curriculum and everyday school life

  • Building the historical and cultural understanding of all staff
  • Fostering leadership opportunities and encouraging a strong sense of identity for Aboriginal students
  • Connecting with Aboriginal students, families and community members in our area

Workshops B

Workshop 5: Creating Collaborative Solutions

Donna Bridge

Yesterday’s institutions weren’t designed for today’s realities.  The complex challenges of our work in remote and regional settings often encompasses work that is outside of our school boundary, and often beyond the expectations of our profession, so what’s the solution.

Through my participation in the Creating Collaborative Solutions Executive Education program at Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, I was able to look at ways to transform my system capabilities in order to address the emerging social challenges in a different way.  It is not just about “fixing government”, although government needs to take the lead in allowing joint problem solving initiatives.

Skills needed to create  new arrangements are not those used to run top down organisations, rather they are ones of social entrepreneurs used to marshal diverse resources beyond your direct control.  This workshop will give a summary of how a complexity (such as school attendance) could be addressed efficiently, effectively, justly and fairly to increase public value using a strategic triangle.

Workshop 6: Kaupapa Māori-based pedagogies

Kaihautū Mātauranga Māori – Māori Education Leader – Tātai Angitu e3@Massey
Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Konohi, Ngāti Rākaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Leadership

Tama is a primary trained teacher and has been working in the tertiary sector since 2011. He has experience working in strategic planning and implementation as well as facilitating professional development for tertiary educators with a particular focus on kaupapa Māori pedagogies. His practical experience extends into workshop and curriculum development and implementation, project management and teaching te reo and tikanga Māori.

Awheawhe – Workshop Te Amorangi ki mua te hāpai ō ki muri

Exploring the dynamics of those who work tirelessly in the background to set a platform to give voice to the many who have long been muzzled by the tides of colonisation. My work is filtered by a cultural lens that shapes my every action and fills my every breath. This workshop is looks at the my journey working in tertiary education in Aotearoa and the challenges that this brings day in day out as I strive to unpack the false assumptions and expectations that come with being Māori within a Pākehā system. I invite participants to bring their own kōrero to our discussion that will inevitably add rich depths of flavour and subtle layers of textures to our ‘hākari’.

Nā Tama

Workshop 7: Southern Cross Distance Ed K-12

Daniel Henman and Robert Roberts

Daniel Henman – Heritage from the Yuwaaliyaay people of  the Gamilaroi nation from the Walgett/Lightening Rigde region.  Grew up in Young with family and became a teacher after other various other job descriptions.  Has a family of 5 boys and wife from the Wahlwien nation which neighbors his grandfathers home nation.  Danny taught at 9 schools before became a Principal at the age of 38, moving through 3 schools as a Principal and starting at the Southern Cross school of Distance Education.

Robert Roberts – Heritage from Tharawal people of Illawara , North Wales and Scotland. Is married with one child and a house full of kids that need support. My wife is a teacher at the newly opened Living School in Lismore. The journey as an educator started with an Infants & Primary degree, after working in a variety of educational settings and roles it has now evolved to become a High School Teacher and now Head Teacher of Aboriginal and Alternate Learning at Southern Cross School of Distance Education. Danny Henman is our Principal.

The Southern Cross School of Distance Education is a large school with over 200 staff, catering to the needs of students in the most dire of situations in the North East of NSW.  The majority of the students come from disadvantaged background with a traumatic life setting, often turning to the SCSoDE as a last resort to gain an education.  At SCSoDE we consider the whole student.

Our discussion will be looking at Aboriginal Education in a Distance Education setting.  We will consider our Team, our Students, their needs, the community input, reciprocal support and the services we provide to not only give the children the confidence and skills they need to achieve, but also the tool kit and contacts they need to thrive. Opportunity, wellbeing and engagement are our values all offered up in a flexible learning environment.

Workshop 8: World Vision at Uluru

Jane Stanley

Young Mob Leaders Program, known simply as Young Mob, is a positive youth development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, that equips participants with cultural knowledge and values to enable the development of a positive self-identity and essential life skills. Experiential activities in school, in community and on country are facilitated by Indigenous leaders using an Indigenous pedagogy.

Participating youth have reported an increase in ability to express themselves with confidence, improved school engagement and an enriched cultural identity and sense of pride –significant for positive health, education, employment and leadership outcomes for Indigenous peoples.

Young Mob is a program that fosters healthy adolescent development and builds critical life skills by recognising and building on the inherent strengths, knowledge and values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities.

Young Mob aims to bolster Aboriginal young people’s development through greater engagement with their culture, communities and the world. It provides leadership development opportunities for Aboriginal youth, building resilience, life skills such as team work, goal setting and public speaking, and reinforcing cultural knowledge systems within Aboriginal communities.

Over almost a decade Young Mob has developed its curriculum and extra-curricular activities to span a greater age range and extend its reach to more young people in ways that are meaningful and effective.

Workshop 9: The Early Years

Sharon Buck

Sharon Buck is a proud Kamilaroi woman and is the Preschool Advisor for NSW Public School Preschools. She has more than 30 years experience in the early childhood field. This workshop will unpack the importance of culture and language in the early years.

Over almost a decade Young Mob has developed its curriculum and extra-curricular activities to span a greater age range and extend its reach to more young people in ways that are meaningful and effective.