Teacher professional training
Are you a teacher looking to increase your accreditation hours?
Lets go straight to the issue for the majority of teachers: Where do i find valid and reliable Aboriginal education resources that will help me embed localised Aboriginal education into my teaching programs?
At Speaking in Colour we are experienced PD providers endorsed by the Hunter region AECG and have hundreds of testimonials from: teachers, executives and students of the impact our training and programs have.
Why not join our mailing list, check out our upcoming event or book us for your next staff development day or twilight session and see how we can support you in your teaching. With a min of 10 people per session, we can come to you.
Please Note travel 50kms outside of the Newcastle CBD will ensure travel costs.
Our training is also available for non educators to attend, just know you will be getting some good teaching.
1. How to implement Aboriginal perspectives
2hrs $89 pp (includes GST)
This course designed for educators using the Australian curriculum and has three main areas of focus, Understanding the:
- Why: Who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people? Why do we need to embed cultural content into our classrooms? How does closing the Gap relate to my classroom?
- How: What does this look like? How to be culturally appropriate in your region. Addressing and understanding the barriers for the children, educators, families and management
- Implementing strategies: What is a reliable and valid resource? Explore the cultural revivals sweeping the nation.
The session will encourage most educators to have a go at implementing Aboriginal perspectives.
2hrs $89 pp (includes GST)
Designed for Educators this practical based course has been designed to provide an understanding of Aboriginal weaving, the purpose, process and various techniques.
Educators have the opportunity to learn 4 processes and make examples to take back into their services.
We explore how this content is appropriate and demonstrate how these activities and knowledge can be connected into your day to day curriculum, within the framework of the Australian curriculum.
We also offer a brilliantly engaging 10 week program called Resurgence where students and staff are involved in a public artwork utilising Aboriginal weaving. There is opportunity for the artwork to go on exhibition and for each child name to be included in the catalogue. For more details on this program contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Possum Skin Cloaks
2hrs $89 pp (includes GST)
This practical based course has been designed to provide an understanding of Possum Skin Cloaks, the purpose, process and techniques.
Educators participate in the making of a keep sake to take back to your service (arm band), and have the opportunity to work (sew, design and burn) on a larger scale project such as a baby blanket.
We explore how this content is appropriate in the context of the Australian Curriculum and demonstrate how these activities and knowledges can be connected into your day to day curriculum.
We also offer a 10 week or 5 full day possum skin cloak program where students and staff are involved in the making of a teenaged sized possum skin cloak the school keeps. The outcomes of this program are amazing. For more details on this program contact us at email@example.com
4. Cultural Capacity Training: Historical overview [3 hours]
Interwoven with personal narratives this 3 hour workshop covers a wide range of topics to help the participant have a greater understanding and empathy of where we are at today
Included in your package: 1 presenter; survey monkey evaluation created, with data collated and presented in a report with recommendations; work booklet; and reference lists for further reading.
Optional extras are available as cost: Custom handouts, bush tucker, location hire, Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country, *on going advisory position, trouble shooting.
5. Cultural Capacity Training: Historical and Cultural immersion [6 hours]
The historical and application gives participants a chance to develop a greater understanding of a wide range of products while providing them to experience a cultural activity.
Included in your package: 2+ presenters; bush tucker catered morning tea and lunch; 2hr cultural activity (includes all materials – possible activities include: an Elders talk, a weaving workshop, a possum skin cloak workshop or a site visit with a local Elder; survey monkey evaluation created, with data collated and presented in a report with recommendations; work booklet; and eference lists for further reading.
Optional extras are available as cost: Custom handouts, location hire, Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country, *on going advisory position, trouble shooting.
I have engaged the services of Cherie Johnson, from Speaking in Colour, on a number of occasions to deliver Aboriginal Cultural Capacity Training to Council staff and external organisation’s staff who work among the Aboriginal community...She engages participants by first asking what they want to learn and openly invites questions throughout the presentation. Her passion and cultural knowledge is displayed by her enthusiasm…I would highly recommend Cherie Johnson from Speaking in Colour as a quality educator of Aboriginal culture and heritage to any organisation.Aboriginal Community Development Officer, Lake Macquarie City Council
“Just letting you know the weaving workshop was a hit and the kids loved it. She did a wonderful job and gave some great information. Thanks for organising.”Teacher, Caves Beach Public School
"It was great having Cherie from Speaking in Colour at our TPL today. The discussion around the content of the Interwoven Aboriginal Kit promoted deeper knowledge and understanding of how to embed Aboriginal perspectives into a range of KLA's. We are looking forward to our follow up weaving workshop on NAIDOC Week as this will further consolidate our learning and understanding…We would highly recommend it other schools."Maryland PS 2017
“The weaving kit from Speaking In Colour is a wonderfully designed and well thought out resource providing ample supporting material in both a practical sense as well as a theoretical sense to enable teachers to implement an Aboriginal perspective into their teaching. The lesson plans are well structured and sequenced to provide a solid and user friendly basis to incorporate Aboriginal perspectives into a number of different key learning areas, whilst remaining flexible enough to allow the educator to use individual components of the kit to support the needs of their class and their current program. Overall, the weaving kit from Speaking In Colour is a great resource to use as a launch pad into implementing Aboriginal perspectives in a culturally sensitive manner.”Reading Recovery Teacher/Aboriginal Education Teacher, Tea Gardens Public School
“A fabulous resource that ensures Aboriginal perspectives are woven across the Key Learning Areas in a variety of different ways. “Assistant Principal, Coal Pt Public school
“This education kit will provide the core of our girls cultural program that we are developing at Singleton High School. It is refreshing to be able to use of work of Cherie whom I have known since she was a young school girl. Giving back to community has always been at the centre of Cherie's life. This kit helps our girls to reclaim culture that rightfully belongs to them. Thank you Cherie.”Head Teacher Aboriginal Education, Singleton High School