Reconciliation in Education in NSW

What we do for educators

Reconciliation NSW has developed a new program to highlight the importance of Reconciliation in Education. We offer online workshops, access to lesson plans and activities and a downloadable reconciliation in education kit for educators to begin to access tools and resources.

Join or request an online professional development workshop for educators

We provide workshops to educators across NSW.  If your school or AECG team would like to join our next scheduled workshop, or if you would like Reconciliation NSW to run a professional development session or student based workshop online for your school, AECG or regional education working group, please contact us.

Where does reconciliation fit in the Australian Curriculum?

Reconciliation is a critical and ongoing process with education the key to positive change.

It is important to recognise the relationship and yet distinctions between ‘Aboriginal education’ and ‘reconciliation in education.’ That is, as well as focusing on strategies/pedagogies for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ learning, strong approaches to reconciliation in education simultaneously focus on teaching all students and staff about the importance of reconciliation, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

Focus Areas 1.4 and 2.4 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers identify what teachers need to know and be able to do in order to teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to teach all students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, history and culture.

Focus Area 1.4: Strategies for teaching Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students Focus Area 2.4: Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians These focus areas presents a great opportunity for Australian teachers to engage in this important part of our shared national identity, however many teachers are unsure of how to meaningfully address them.

Our program provides NSW schools with a mechanism and resource to increase the capacity and confidence of teachers to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the classroom and implement reconciliation initiatives at the local level.

Download our Reconciliation in Education Kit 

Reconciliation NSW invites your school or early learning service to progress reconciliation by engaging with our Reconciliation in Education Kit.

    1. Welcome
    2.  2020 Caring for Country theme activity
    3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander significant dates classroom poster
    4. Reconciliation in Education reading and resource list
    5. Introduction to Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) for schools and early learning services
    6. Narragunnawali Guide to Respectful and Inclusive Terminology
    7. Aboriginal Nations and Languages Map in NSW & ACT
    8. Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country guide

We partner with the Narragunnawali program to showcase national reconciliation in education tools

Reconciliation Australia’s  Narragunnawali program supports all schools and early learning services in Australia to foster a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. Narragunnawali’s online platform is free to access and provides practical ways to introduce meaningful reconciliation initiatives in the classroom, around the school and with the community. Through the Narragunnawali platform, schools and early learning services can develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and teachers and educators can access professional leaning and curriculum resources to support the implementation of reconciliation initiatives.

Tools to build reconciliation in your classroom:

We run the annual Schools Reconciliation Challenge Program

The Schools Reconciliation Challenge is an annual writing and art competition for young people across NSW and the ACT.

  • The challenge meets the objectives of the K-6 and 7-10 syllabus.
  • Every year, we ask students to create artworks and stories inspired by a theme, and to reflect on what reconciliation means to them.
  • The pieces are submitted, culminating in exhibitions and regional tour.
  • Art and writing based classroom activities and resources are located on the Schools Reconciliation Challenge website.

NEW

Free online workshops with the Powerhouse Museum Friday 28 August 2020.

Engage with First Nations perspectives on Caring for Country and sustainability by exploring the designs of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, in this free video conference that brings the Powerhouse Museum into your classroom.

In this guided tour of the Museum’s Linear exhibition, learners will be encouraged to consider and create responses to the themes of Caring for Country and Reconciliation, as a part of the Schools Reconciliation Challenge 2020.

Register here.

Primary 10:00 – 11:00 am

https://maas.museum/program/caring-for-country-schools-reconciliation-challenge-free-primary-video-conference/

Secondary 12:00  – 1:00 pm

https://maas.museum/program/caring-for-country-schools-reconciliation-challenge-free-secondary-video-conference/

Read our latest Reconciliation in Education newsletter

Reconciliation in Education 2020 Newsletter  – Showcasing online resources for teachers, parents and students – April 2020

Watch our latest webinar

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Reconciliation NSW and Uncle Jimmy Smith presented this webinar co-hosted by Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali Team.

“This webinar is such a wonderful experience
to be a part of. Thank you!”       Webinar participant, Early Learning Teacher

“Thank you so much. I feel so supported
having access to these resources.” Webinar participant, Primary School Teacher.
Find out more about the presenters and content of our first collaborative webinar with Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali program, which includes professional development, cultural competence,  understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the classroom, reconciliation themes and how to activate your school to engage with Reconciliation Action Plans.

Don’t miss our Simultaneous Learning Experience. All Together Now. only for a limited time as part of National Reconciliation Week

We are so excited to invite teachers and students to join us online to participate in a simultaneous learning experience for National Reconciliation Week: 27 May – 3 June 2020.

Your classroom can use these online resources and fun activities for all stages, from Early Learning through to Stage 4.

Developed in partnership with Wingaru Education :  Aboriginal education for all Australians.

Enjoy these activities for kids

Our friends at Reconciliation SA have created these easy activity sheets for early learning and primary age students for NRW

Our partners at Lendlease have shared these drawings for kids to colour by Kaanju artist Emma Hollingsworth.

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