Aboriginal Education Conference


A professional learning day for all teachers K–12

  • Friday, 20 October 2017 | 9am–4pm The Epping Club |

Aboriginal education is a complex, challenging and rewarding area in which to work. It is contextualised by the imperative to improve Aboriginal student outcomes in an increasingly competitive and changing environment. Ongoing engagement with families and communities in collaborative and respectful interactions that value Aboriginal cultures and histories is key to achieving this. Culturally responsive relationships provide opportunities to develop these partnerships and dynamic leadership is a crucial element to make this happen.

Educators are continually told what needs to change and why it needs to change; this workshop will focus on how to create change. Explicit systems for collaboration and professional learning will facilitate teacher-led innovation in Aboriginal education. A range of relevant and practical skills will support teachers to thrive rather than survive. The Leading for Change experience empowers teachers to empathise, ideate, innovate and implement strategies to inspire colleagues to make a difference for the Aboriginal children in their schools. Significantly, schools that embed Aboriginal histories and cultures into their structures, curriculum and pedagogy provide non-Aboriginal students with important lifelong skills in cross-cultural communication to address racism and promote inclusiveness. Participants will leave with ideas and a range of skills to meet the challenges facing them in their unique educational setting.


The conference is an initiative of The University of Sydney, the Aboriginal Studies Association and Education Changemakers. The Aboriginal Studies Association (ASA) is a professional teachers association that works in partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc, a not-for-profit Aboriginal organisation that provides advice on all matters relevant to education and training with the mandate that this advice represents the Aboriginal community viewpoint. ASA aims to promote the teaching of Aboriginal studies and perspectives at all levels of education; foster partnerships with local Aboriginal communities; increase teacher and community awareness; and support ongoing curriculum and pedagogical practices.

  • Dave Faulkner is the CEO and co-founder of Education Changemakers, a grassroots educator with a proven track record that in recent years has emerged as a global leader in education innovation. An in-demand chair and keynote speaker for some of the world’s largest education events, Dave has shared the stage with education innovators including Ken Robinson, Angela Lee Duckworth, Anthony Salcito and Sugata Mitra and has a powerful grasp and influence on the changes taking place in schools across the globe. Dave’s education leadership journey began as a principal of an Australian school when he was only 24, for which he was awarded Young Australian of the Year (WA) and Young Leader of the Year (WA). Following this, he undertook a succession of strong periods of school and regional improvement as a principal and regional director, matching grassroots understanding with system-level insights and a relentless focus on helping to ensure that all students could access a great education. Dave is a global leader in accelerating education start-ups. He works with thousands of educators each year and advises senior government, education leaders and company executives across the globe.

  • Louka Parry is the Director of Programs at Education Changemakers and is one of Australia’s most exciting emerging education thinkers and doers, with a track record of leading dramatic improvements in challenging school settings. He brings expert knowledge in school leadership, new teacher support and organisational culture to the EC crew. Louka represents the new generation of education leaders as an individual who has travelled to every continent on the globe, learned five languages fluently (including the Indigenous Australian languages Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara), graduated with master's degrees in applied linguistics and education, and studied at Harvard University all before he was 30. Louka has matched these achievements with six years of experience as a teacher and leader, being promoted to principal at only 27 years old in 2012 for which he was named South Australian Inspirational Public Secondary Teacher of the Year. Louka has spoken and worked with diverse audiences across Australia and the globe including AITSL, Federal Treasury, SVA, BETT, NARIS, Leading Educators Across the Planet, Education We Want and Microsoft.

  • Koomurri cultural dancers believe in sharing Aboriginal culture with all Australians and will deliver a spiritually uplifting performance during the conference.

Fees and registration

$295 per person, including GST, conference attendance, resources, morning tea and lunch.

Register online

This conference day will be held at The Epping Club, 45 Rawson Street, Epping.


Rachel Payne | T: +61 2 9351 8520 | E: rachel.payne@sydney.edu.au