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 and Torres Strait Islander people.
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.
YuMi Deadly Maths
Professional development in YuMi Deadly Maths is offered by
Queensland University of Technology YuMI Deadly Centre. The aim of YuMi Deadly Maths is to enhance the mathematics teaching capacity of schools using a train-the-trainer model to develop strategies that effectively engage Indigenous students. Four centres of excellence have been established to support schools implementing the YuMI Deadly Maths approach.
The Catch program
The Catch program is a partnership between State Schools – Indigenous Education and Tallebudgera Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre's Registered Training Organization to expand the delivery of Certificate courses delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across Queensland.
The nationally recognised qualifications provide students with the opportunity to gain foundation skills in literacy and numeracy and increase employment prospects by learning in real world contexts, enriching culture and connecting to the local community.
The Catch Program delivers the following courses:
- Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
- Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
- Certificate III in Indigenous Land Management.
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 (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is an online extension program for high-achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Year 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 an academic challenge for eligible students in Years 7–9. The program builds upon students' critical and creative thinking skills by providing opportunities to investigate solutions for real-world STEM challenges. ATSIAP aims to raise students' expectations of themselves as learners and enhance post-school aspirations to include tertiary pathways.
Solid Choices, Healthy Futures
Solid Choices, Healthy Futures is a developing sexual health curriculum aligned to the Australian HPE Curriculum released in February 2014. The focus is on year levels 5–6, 7–8, 9–10 and unit plans including assessment tasks are available.