Professional Learning and Research 2021



Unfortunately, the current social circumstances in Australia while we go through the COVID-19 crisis are clearly impacting our teaching and learning. As such we have had to make a number of changes to our Professional Learning opportunities for 2021, which worked successfully in 2020. 

Please also reach out to each other on our social media and email networks as we aim to continue the important curriculum that we deliver.

New Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies Teachers Zoom Conference 

Tuesday 23rd February 4pm-5:30pm

Register here:


Access to the Zoom Recording of WARWICK HORNER’s 2020 presentation– PREPARING FOR THE HSC EXAMS

NB: STARTS 11.15 into the recording


Advice about Aboriginal Studies HSC Major Projects

Advice from NESA (24/03/2020): “Effective immediately the Board is giving principals or system authorities the power to make decisions about the number and weighting of HSC formal assessment tasks for their school in 2020. The Board affirms its complete trust in principals and teachers.” 


What does this mean for HSC teachers and students?

* Teachers should seriously consider granting extensions – talk to your Head Teacher

* Focus on the log book – encourage students to record COVID-19 related challenges in the log

* Explore options for partial / interim submission – this enables teachers to recognise student work with “marks” in a very difficult time (NOTE: Schools can now adjust the “number” of tasks to allow for interim submission).


Research update – research article from The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education

‘Teaching from the Heart’: challenges for non-Aboriginal teachers teaching Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies in NSW secondary schools”

By Daniel Stern and Cathie Burgess


This section highlights new learning and research in the wider fields of Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Education. The Professional Learning focus of the ASA will continue to be our annual ASA Student and Teacher conferences held each year.




On Gadigal Country

Uncle Terry taking the teachers back to the life of the local clans prior to 1788 – beautiful Sydney day for it

A great day out on Clark Island, learning from Country

Learning from Gadigal country at Clark Island – what were the flora and fauna used for pre-invasion

APCS teachers with Tribal Warrior dancers, Uncle Terry and Lisa

Teachers participating in the Emu dance led by Uncle Terry and sung by Lisa

A great day out on Clark Island, learning from Country

Fish traps were used on the outside of Clark Island to trap fish for the surrounding clans as the tides receded

The Kangaroo head shaped rock formation on Clark Island


Further research can be found by visiting the ACER – Australian Council for Educational Research: Indigenous Education site.

The links below point to relevant contemporary research and learning and is updated periodically.

2012 Burgess&Cavanagh Connecting to Country – Review (for interim reports see Archives- Past Articles)

2011 Cth Gov Overcoming Indigenous Disadv – Full Report

2011 Cth Gov Overcoming Indigenous Disadv – Overview

2011 Santoro-etal Listening to and Learning from Aboriginal Teachers

2011 Mulford CTGC Teacher and Leader Quality – Impact

2010 ACER PISA Context for Achievement of Indigenous Students

2009 Hughes CIS Naplan & Success and Failures

2008 Bucksin Review of Victorias Indigenous Edn Strategies

2005 ACER Edn Outcomes Indig Students

2004 NSW DET Review of Aboriginal Education – Recommendations

2004 Mellor Corrigan ACER The Case For Change

2004 AEU Quality Educators Produce Quality Outcomes

2000 ACER PISA Comparison Indigenous Students

2000 Purdie-etal DETYA Self Identity and Outcomes