The following programs and resources assist schools and educators with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schooling.
Indigenous STEM Education Program
CSIRO is implementing an
Indigenous STEM Education Program aimed at increasing participation and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). There are 6 elements to the program catering to students as they progress through primary, secondary and tertiary education, and into employment, including in remote communities. Elements include summer schools and excellence awards.
Dandiiri Schools and Community Library
The Dandiiri Schools and Community Library helps develop informed and confident educators who are able to engage with the story of Indigenous Australia professionally and personally.
All Queensland state school educators can access quality Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources such as non-fiction and fiction texts, picture books, puzzles, toys, traditional games, artefacts and professional reading materials from the Dandiiri Schools and Community Library. Library staff can assist educators to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, as outlined in the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority, in authentic and meaningful ways.
Dandiiri Library or contact library staff on (07) 3714 8500 (Monday to Thursday) for more information.
State Library of Queensland—Indigenous resources
State Library of Queensland resources relating to Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Aboriginal languages and Torres Strait Islander languages
Find out about
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, language centres and language resources in Queensland and explore
examples of communities working with schools to
teach their languages on the Australian Institute for Teaching an School Leadership.
Be Deadly Online
Be Deadly Online provides cybersafety resources designed for Indigenous communities. It includes lesson plans and videos targeted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
MilbaDjunga Smart Money
The MilbaDjunga Smart Money education units help teach responsible money management to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. These resources are in line with consumer and financial literacy in mathematics in the Australian Curriculum.
Crackerjack Education: sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
Crackerjack Education has been developed to help young Australians in mainstream classrooms understand the depth and beauty of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture by providing a range of interactive resources for teachers, parents and educators.
Solid Pathways—STEM is an online extension program for high-achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 4–6. The program enables students to engage in a rigorous STEM-focused academic curriculum through the online platform iSee, as well as attend university experience days. The program draws on the Australian Curriculum's general capability, critical and creative thinking, and embedding the cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures. Students have the opportunity to build upon both their existing sense of cultural identity as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and their self-efficacy as high achieving students. Solid Pathways—STEM aims to raise students' expectations of themselves as learners and enhance post-school aspirations to include tertiary pathways.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aspirations Program
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aspirations Program (ATSIAP) is a statewide academic challenge for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 7–12. The program builds upon students' creativity and critical thinking skills by providing opportunities to investigate solutions to real-world STEM challenges. ATSIAP aims to raise students' expectations of themselves as learners and enhance post-school aspirations to include tertiary pathways.