This is an essential, practical resource for pre- and in-service educators on creating contexts for success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Based on the latest research and practice, this book provides an in-depth understanding of the colonised context within which education in Australia is located, with an emphasis on effective strategies for the classroom. Throughout the text, the authors share their personal and professional experiences providing rich examples for readers to learn from.

Taking a strengths-based approach, this book will support new and experienced teachers to drive positive educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

chapter |6 pages


ByMarnee Shay, Rhonda Oliver

chapter Chapter 1|14 pages

Foundations of teacher knowledge in Indigenous education

ByJay Phillips

chapter Chapter 2|17 pages

Resisting the racist silence

When racism and education collide
ByGawaian Bodkin-Andrews, Shannon Foster, Frances Bodkin, John Foster, Gavin Andrews, Karen Adams, Ross Evans

chapter Chapter 3|13 pages

Critical self-reflection

A foundational skill
ByAunty Denise Proud, Ann Morgan

chapter Chapter 4|12 pages

Cultural learnings

Foundations for Aboriginal student wellbeing
ByCheryl Kickett-Tucker

chapter Chapter 5|13 pages

Strong identities, strong futures

Indigenous identities and wellbeing in schools
ByMarnee Shay, Grace Sarra, Annette Woods

chapter Chapter 6|10 pages

Weaving Torres Strait Islander language and culture into education

ByRobyn Ober, Noressa Bulsey, Norah Pearson, Claire Bartlett

chapter Chapter 7|11 pages

Developing strong relationships with Aboriginal students, families, and communities

ByMike Exell, Graeme Gower

chapter Chapter 8|15 pages

Supporting the diverse language background of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

ByRhonda Oliver, Simon Forrest

chapter Chapter 9|21 pages

Teaching and learning

There is no one right way, but there are right things to do
ByLillian Miller, Carly Steele

chapter Chapter 10|15 pages

Critical selection of curriculum materials

Tools for educators
ByBeth Madsen, Ren Perkins, Marnee Shay

chapter Chapter 11|14 pages

Culturally responsive pedagogies and perspectives in mathematics

ByGrace Sarra, Bronwyn Ewing

chapter Chapter 12|12 pages

Relational pedagogies and co-constructing curriculum

ByDanielle Armour, Jodie Miller

chapter Chapter 13|16 pages

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at school

Strengths analysis
ByEllen Grote, Tomzarni Dann

chapter Chapter 14|12 pages

Learning on and from Country

Teaching by incorporating Indigenous Relational worldviews
ByKathryn Coff

chapter Chapter 15|13 pages

Red ochre women 1

Sisters in the struggle for educational reform
ByJacqueline Amagula, Helen CD McCarthy