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
‘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