Teachers work through Easter to help ‘close gap’

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Teachers work through Easter to help ‘close gap’


28 March 2013

The University of the Sunshine Coast will host the 3rd Easter Institute for Teachers in Indigenous Schools this weekend.

More than 40 teachers from Doomadgee State School, Rasmussen State School and Bwgcolman State School on Palm Island will attend the four-day event which begins on Saturday 30 March.

USC Lecturer in Education John Hunt said the focus of the event would be on building digital literacies.

“The Institute also will respond to recommendations of the report, ‘Re-envisioning learning at Doomadgee State School’,” he said.

“Yes it is Easter, but we are committed to ‘closing the gap’ for Indigenous education. The 40-plus teachers who are attending are giving up a part of their Easter vacation.”

Mr Hunt said USC staff, including Senior Lecturer Early Childhood Dr Anne Drabble, would convene the event.

They will be supported by Jonathan Nalder of the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment, staff from One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Australia (Peter Williams, Sandra Williams, Tracey Richardson and Lisa Besa) and freelance consultant Dr Rose-Marie Thrupp.

“This event will contribute to USC’s Reconciliation Action Plan and is a significant event for the University,” he said.

Media can attend the event at USC over the weekend by first contacting John Hunt on 0407 783 513.
— Terry Walsh


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