Aboriginal Education Services

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ABOUT

We provide services to:

  • assist schools to enable all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people to reach their learning potential, and
  • support learning opportunities for all Tasmanian learners to understand and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

AES works within the Support and Development Division to advise on and develop Department of Education strategies, policies and guidelines that are inclusive and that support closing the gap in educational outcomes for Aboriginal students and the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures across the curriculum.

We are guided by Tasmania’s Aboriginal Education Framework and our work acknowledges Tasmania’s unique socio-cultural context and responds to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy.

AES works within the Support and Development Division to advise on and develop Department of Education strategies, policies and guidelines that are inclusive and that support closing the gap in educational outcomes for Aboriginal students and the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures across the curriculum.

AES provides a range of professional learning opportunities to support these goals.

Our diverse team is led by the Manager of AES who works alongside three Inclusive Curriculum Senior Curriculum Officers, a Teacher Librarian, an Inclusive Curriculum Project Officer, a Program Officer for Australian School-based Apprenticeships and the Administration Officers.

Aboriginal Early Years Education Workers (AEYEWs) are based in Child and Family Centres (CFCs) throughout the state.  AEYEWs work closely with families of Aboriginal children from birth to five years of age to engage their children in a wide range of early years activities and programs. These programs nurture and stimulate young children’s learning and help children to become ready for school.  AEYEWs play a key role in building connections between schools and families with young children.

AES employs Aboriginal Education Officers (AEOs) who work across schools across the state.  They play an important role in schools for learners, teachers and the Aboriginal community. An understanding of local culture and strong community ties contribute to the improvement of educational outcomes for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners.  AEOs support teachers and Aboriginal students in the areas of academic achievement, participation, attendance, retention, pathways and in developing a rich curriculum inclusive of Aboriginal histories and cultures across the curriculum.

AES supports schools to directly employ Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs). AEWs work with school principals and teachers to support Aboriginal learners in the areas of engagement and participation. They also play a key role in providing knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal people, community and culture within schools to promote better cultural understanding and supportive school environments.

Visit The Orb website

THE ORB

The Orb is a collection of online multimedia resources designed to assist the teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures.

It is highly visual and is suited to a range of learning styles. It embraces a number of Aboriginal ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing, including learning through narrative, connection to Country and cultural practice.

The Orb reflects the holistic nature of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and the interconnections between people, Country, culture, identity and the living community.

The Living Cultures multimedia resources have between three and five segments in which Tasmanian Aboriginal people share their stories about Country, cultural resources and practices. Each section contains short video clips and pages that contain either a quote and discussion questions, additional information, or investigations.

A selection of teaching materials including; learning tasks, inquiry-based investigations and illustrations of practice have been included to extend teacher and learner understanding of the concepts introduced within The Orb. These materials use Australian Curriculum achievement standards, content descriptors, general capabilities, and cross-curriculum priorities to support the planning, teaching and assessment of integrated units of work. It can be used across all learning areas and year groups. It is a publically accessible website.

Visit The Orb at www.theorb.tas.gov.au

OUR PROGRAMS

Aboriginal Sharers of Knowledge Program (ASK) Program

Aboriginal Education Services’ Aboriginal Sharers of Knowledge (ASK) Program provides Tasmanian Government schools with opportunities to work with Aboriginal Educators and draw on their rich knowledge and experience.

ASK Aboriginal Educators work with teachers in classroom and off-campus settings to assist in providing culturally responsive, curriculum-aligned learning.

The ASK Program is offered to Child and Family Centres, schools and colleges to support teachers and learners to increase awareness and understanding of Aboriginal peoples and their histories, cultures, identities and worldviews.

Department of Education schools please visit Aboriginal Education Services intranet site for more information.

If you would like to express your interest in being an ASK 2020 Aboriginal Educator, please register here.  As a part of ASK 2020, an orientation will be required for potential ASK Educators.  This will be an opportunity for us to recognise your strengths as an Educator and for me to discuss training needs if required. It is also a chance for us to answer any questions about the responsibilities and requirements of participating in ASK 2020.

Email: aboriginal.education@education.tas.gov.au

Aboriginal Educators in Schools

The Department employs Aboriginal Education Officers (AEOs), Aboriginal Early Years Education Workers (AEYEWs) and co-funds schools to employ Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs).

AEOs, AEYEWs and AEWs play an important part in education for staff, students and the Aboriginal community. An understanding of local culture and strong community ties contribute to the improvement of educational outcomes for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. AEYEWs are based in Child and Family Centres (CFCs) and work closely with families of Aboriginal children from birth to five years of age to engage them in early years initiatives that enhance their children’s learning.

AEOs and AEWs support teachers and Aboriginal students in the areas of wellbeing, access, participation, engagement, transition points including pathways to post-school options and in contributing to a rich curriculum inclusive of Aboriginal content and perspectives across the curriculum.

Department of Education schools please visit Aboriginal Education Services intranet site for more information.

Aboriginal Education Services Library

The Aboriginal Education Library provides resources and information for:

  • the programs run by Aboriginal Education Services, and
  • teachers and learners in schools throughout Tasmania.

It has over 9000 items covering:

  • Tasmanian Aboriginal resources – historical and contemporary
  • Fiction
  • Sets of readers that include Aboriginal perspectives and Aboriginal people
  • Curriculum materials
  • Literacy and numeracy testing tools.

New resources and information are promoted in a regular email.  If you would like to receive this email please contact us.

You can search the Aboriginal Education Services Library Catalogue.

Here is a short two minute video about the Library.

Phone: (03) 616 55480

Email: aboriginal.education.library@education.tas.gov.au

Term access: The Library is open from 9.00am – 4.30pm weekdays.

School holiday access: please contact reception on 6165 5478 if you wish to visit during school holidays.

Some of our video resources are available on the Aboriginal Education Services YouTube channel

Early Years Programs – Bush Kinder

Pre-school children can learn more about the bush in a culturally responsive way by learning alongside Aboriginal people.

Parents can bring their pre-school family and teachers can bring their kinder or Launching into Learning students to the weekly Bush Kinder session at Mount Nelson this year.

The Bush Kinder at the Sustainability Learning Centre is a joint venture between Aboriginal Education Services and the Sustainability Learning Centre.

Bush Kindergarten Learning on Country SLC and Outdoor Classroom School Immersion SLC

Aboriginal Education in Museums

Aboriginal Education Services collaborates with local museums to provide Aboriginal educational programs.

Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery – Aboriginal Culture Programs

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery – The First Tasmanians: Our Story

Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place – Contact / Group Tour Bookings

Scholarships

Alma Lily Stackhouse Scholarship

The Alma Lily Stackhouse Scholarship was launched in 2008 and honours her commitment to the value of higher education for young Aboriginal people by providing a scholarship for two years to support an Aboriginal student from a remote or rural area to access and complete senior secondary study. The goal of the scholarship is to help students in their studies towards receiving the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) and ATAR to enter University or other tertiary-level study. Funds received should be used to cover costs directly associated with gaining the TCE/ATAR, including but not restricted to materials, equipment, travel, and other costs of living whilst enrolled in Years 11 and 12.
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Lucy Beeton Aboriginal Teacher Scholarship

The Lucy Beeton Aboriginal Teacher Scholarships have been established in recognition and honour of Tasmania’s first Aboriginal teacher. Lucy Beeton was born on Gun Carriage Island in the Bass Strait in 1829. In 1871 she established a school in a tent on Badger Island and later successfully lobbied government to fund a teacher.

Currently in Tasmania, Aboriginal teachers make up less than one per cent of teachers. Through establishing the Lucy Beeton Aboriginal Teacher Scholarships, the Department of Education aims to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in Tasmania. The Lucy Beeton Scholarship aims to provide a financial incentive/support for Aboriginal people to undertake a teaching qualification at the University of Tasmania.

Alma Stackhouse Scholarship Guidelines 2021

Alma Stackhouse Scholarship 2021 Application Form

Lucy Beeton Aboriginal Teacher Scholarships Guidelines 2020

CONTACTS

30 Raminea Road Lindisfarne 7015 (entrance via Brammall Street). Google Maps

Aboriginal Education Services
GPO Box 169
Hobart  TAS  7001

Phone: (03) 6165 5478
Fax: (03) 6233 2466
Email: aboriginal.education@education.tas.gov.au