In 2019 we extended our portfolio of professional development offerings to help educators effectively teach with an intercultural understanding lens.
Yutong Culture Centre Professional Learning Program
Partnering with the Yutong Culture Centre and the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, this professional learning program was designed for Early Years, Primary and Secondary School educators from Xiacheng District, Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education. Visiting Chinese educators were supported to explore teaching and learning approaches in Australia with authentic learning opportunities, workshops and school visits, including participating in a ‘round table discussion’, where teachers had the opportunity to engage in discourse with leading school educators about digital technology for 21st century teaching and learning.
Image: AEF lead staff, Hamish Curry, Sophie Fenton and Geneieve Hall and the educators from Xiacheng District, Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education at the University of Melbourne in Victoria.
ASEAN Design Sprint: ‘Growing a global school community’
The ASEAN design sprint tailored learning for educators ahead of the ‘Crossing Borders’ Humanities Teachers Conference in Tasmania. Teachers were given the opportunity to develop a unit of work, school program or event that connected their school community to the region from the perspective of an ASEAN member state.
This high-paced workshop challenged participants to view their teaching area from another perspective with the aim to walk away with a tangible opportunity to design teaching and learning ideas through an intercultural lens for their students and school context. The design sprint, allowed teachers to develop ideas, build skills and gain knowledge about an intercultural learning approach to teaching and learning through which they could evaluate their current practice and school programs.
"Through intercultural understanding and capabilities, learners can extrapolate and then apply knowledge in innovative ways, by exposing them to learning that sits across borders.” – ADS participant, 2019."
The Women in School Leadership Pilot Program
This blended model of onshore and offshore professional learning was derived for a select group of female principals in Victoria and India to explore and discuss the theme of “Leading schools for social change”, with a particular focus on the Health and Wellbeing Dimension outlined in the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) Continua of Practice. In May 2020, the six Delhi principals will participate in a reciprocal study program with their Victorian principal partners. View more images here.
Image: Delegates of the 2019 Women in School Leadership Program with Deputy Premier of Victoria, the Hon. James Merlino MP at the official welcome ceremony in India.
Growing Global Citizens
Supporting the Edge Hill State School executive team, teachers and students in Cairns to develop their global awareness and intercultural skills, the Growing Global Citizens Course encompassed a two workshop series designed to support the school and its networks to better link ambition, strategy, and practice around intercultural learning and global citizenship in education.
Over two-terms, staff worked to evolve their capacity for global mindedness, develop greater alignment of school strategy and vision with school practices; gain insight via contextual research and data for the school; work through project-based initiatives targeting key programs and curriculum; and develop stronger networks with education and organisations in the community.
The WISL program is funded by the Department of Education and Training (DET) Victoria and managed in partnership with the AEF and the Australia-India Institute (AII).