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1 Creating culturally respectful primary schools through professional enquiry and learning

2 Dear Staff, Your school is invited to participate in professional inquiry & learning as part of this Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant Program The following slides will provide more information for you about the Project

3 An opportunity to explore, learn and rethink ways to: build a whole school culture that respects and values cultural diversity and opposes racism develop a school culture that handles differences and conflict between individuals and groups in ways that enhance relationships

4 Enact curriculum on these topics to: increase students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in respecting diversity and managing conflict constructively enrich VELS focus in the domains of interpersonal learning civics and citizenship the humanities (history) languages other than English and communication

5 Why? Australia's increasing cultural diversity promises many benefits but also creates significant challenges, including the potential for conflict that reduces social cohesion All school communities are increasingly being called on to respond productively and proactively to these challenges Problem: There is little research-based evidence of what best supports schools in this work

6 Research questions: The cultural diversity of Australian communities is growing As a key part of these communities, how can we best support schools to: navigate the challenges grow the benefits and build more respectful, inclusive and productive school communities?

7 How? For participating schools we will provide during 2008 & 2009 at no cost: For ALL staff: The opportunity to attend one full day of professional enquiry and learning in cultural diversity and conflict resolution For a core team of 3-5 staff (including the Principal) 6 days of high quality professional enquiry and learning in cultural diversity and conflict resolution over an 18 month period. Ongoing support throughout this time to develop and implement programs in their school

8 The project team is:  Glenda MacNaughton  Liz Freeman  Eleanor Wertheim  Margot Trinder  Merlyne Cruz  Anne Farrelly  We work at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University

9 What do schools need to do? Schools need to commit to: All staff attending one full professional learning day A core team of 3-5 staff (including the Principal) attending 6 days of professional learning over an 18 month period Providing opportunities for dissemination of the information to the school community Providing teacher replacement costs

10 What do teachers need to do? Have an intention to remain at the same school for the duration of the project Complete activities between professional learning days Participate in the research component of this project through the completion of questionnaires

11 Implementation and maintenance of initiatives in schools are enhanced when … Teachers are actively engaged in tailoring the program to meet the specific needs of their students and community Professional learning teams are established Ongoing support is provided through meetings with your professional learning team and the ERIS project manager through meetings with your professional learning team and the ERIS project manager

12 Key datesKey events 2007Term 4October 24 th Schools submit application Mid NovemberSuccessful schools notified 2008Term 1End FebCore team attend Day 1 13 th or 14 th MarchWhole staff attend full day Term 2Core team attend Day 2 Term 3Core team attend Day 3 Term 4Core team attend Day Term 1Core team attend Day 5 Term 2Core team attend Day 6

13 Evaluation Places are limited! Selected schools will be randomly assigned to a full program or a comparison group Comparison group schools will be asked to assist: by having teachers complete on-line questionnaires (with teacher release funds to aid participation) by facilitating student interviews Comparison group schools will be offered: a modified professional learning activity at a negotiated time and access to program resources at the end of the study

14 Discussion questions for schools Is this an area our school would like to develop? Does our school have the capacity to support this project over the next two years? Do at least 80% of the staff support participating in the project? If ‘Yes’ to all these questions, submit an application form by Wednesday 24 th October 2007

15 Our partners in this project are: Scanlon Foundation Catholic Education Office Melbourne St Anthony's Primary School, Alphington Haig St Primary School, Heidelberg Australian Psychological Society, Psychologists for Peace Interest Group

16 Further enquiries and applications Contact: Margot Trinder Phone: ; Fax: Postal address The University of Melbourne Faculty of Education – Queensberry St Building VIC 3010 ERIS website


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