Indigenous children have the right to grow up in a nurturing environment with access to equal standard of education, health facilities, well-being and the opportunity to thrive. The gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and non-Indigenous students remains wide, and in some areas, it has even broadened over the years. 


Barriers include inappropriate teaching materials, a lack of Indigenous role models, insufficient involvement of the community, lack of sustainable pathways into higher education and employment are amongst many other challenges faced by Indigenous children today. 

Akolade’s 4th National Indigenous Education Summit will provide attendees with practical tools and strategies to implement in schools and communities in order to see improved student engagement and academic results amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.


This event will also take place on our virtual platform, which has the capacity for full networking, live Q&A, 1 to 1 meetings, contact sharing, notes plus much more. The sessions will also be recorded and then available for four weeks following the event should the attendees miss any sessions and wish to watch in their own time.

Effectively engage Indigenous students in the classroom to help improve attendance rates and academic outcomes  

Develop culturally safe and responsive policies and strategies that will improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children 

Build trusting and collaborative partnerships with communities, families and Elders   

Create an environment that will drive culture and identity in classrooms 

Develop sustainable pathways into higher education and employment


The Hon Lauren Moss MLA

Minister for Education

Legislative Assembly of Northern Territory

Arapera Card

Pouhere Kaupapa Māori | Senior Advisor Māori

Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand

Joe Edgar

Cultural Advisor

Broome Senior High School

Karen Weston

Chief Executive

NT Department of Education

Sophia Mung

Gija Language Teacher

Purnululu School

Karen Jones

Executive Director, Aboriginal Outcomes and Partnerships

Department of Education NSW

John Ralph

Head of Gawura

St Andrew's Cathedral Gawura School

Jeremy Donovan

Program Co-ordinator

MG Corporation

Marilyn Morgan


Clontarf Foundation

Sammi Rioli

Pathways Manager, NT

Melbourne Indigenous Transition School

Dr John Collier

Head of School

Gawura School (St Andrew's Cathedral)

Catherine Liddle

Chief Executive Officer


Tanya Neal

Director, Research and Engagement Aboriginal Outcomes and Partnerships

Department of Education NSW

Greg Franks

Chief Executive Officer

Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia

Donna Wright


Bandiana Primary School

Edward Tudor

Executive Director

Melbourne Indigenous Transition School

Libby Lee-Hammond

Chief Executive Officer

Principal, Purnululu School

Dr Rose Whitau

Research Manager, Shooting Stars

Glass Jar Australia Ltd

Peter Foster


Hymba Yumba Independent School

Mathew Burt


Broome Senior High School

Cynthia Page


St Francis Xavier Catholic School

Nathan Agius MACE


Palmerston College

Jody Schostakowski


Hymba Yumba Independent School

Dr Michael Barton

Executive Principal

Djarragun College

Glen Watt

Director, IMPACTS Centre

Department of Education QLD

Kellie McGinlay


St Francis Xavier Catholic School

Phillip Heath AM

Head of Barker

Barker College

Troydan Ross

Year 9 Student

Djarragun College

Steffen Faurby

Managing Director


Gerry Georgatos

National Coordinator

National Suicide Prevention & Trauma Recovery Project

Stacey Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Yappera Children’s Service Cooperative


  • Conference Day One - 27 October 2021
  • Conference Day Two - 28 October 2021
  • Post Conference Workshops - 29 October 2021

8:00 AM 

Registration Opens

8:30 AM 

Welcome to Country

Aunty Bilawara Lee
Larrakia Elder

8:40 AM 

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Greg Franks, Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia

Collaborating and building engaging relationships with community 

8:45 AM 

How the NT government works to improve Indigenous student outcomes in the Territory 

· Discussing the NT’s education engagement strategy and its development 
Examining the trial outcomes of the remote aboriginal teacher education program and discussing steps forward 
How to engage families as first teachers to better engage students in the classroom 

The Hon Lauren Moss MLA, Minister for Education, Legislative Assembly of Northern Territory 

9:10 AM 

Case Study: Developing strategies to engage the Indigenous community and boost student participation and engagement 

· Collaborating with Elders and community to educate and engage teachers in their community’s culture
Setting strong foundations by engaging parents and the wider community in student outcomes 
Developing relationships with the community that are based on trust  
Collaborating with community to ensure educational models are culturally sensitive and support knowledge building amongst students 

Mathew Burt, Principal, Broome Senior High School 

Joe Edgar, Cultural Advisor, Broome Senior High School 

*Virtual presentation

9:50 AM 

Case Study: How to establish and manage an Indigenous school through effective community involvement 

· Understanding the importance of Indigenous community communication and involvement from developmental to final stages
Developing solutions to overcome the initial hurdles and setbacks when building an Indigenous school 
Developing ways to maximise cultural awareness amongst teachers and building confidence of the community’s perception of the school 

Dr John Collier, Head of School, Gawura School (St Andrew’s Cathedral) 

John Ralph, Head of Gawura, St Andrew’s Cathedral Gawura School 

10:30 AM 

Morning refreshments

11:00 AM 

Case Study: Collaborating with community to embed Indigenous way of teachings into the IMPACT Pedagogical Model  

· Understanding the importance of integrating culture into daily student learning
Providing Indigenous children with learning based on cultural teaching and story telling 
Creating a balance between traditional and non-traditional ways of education for children to have equal opportunities in life 

Glen Watt, Director, IMPACTS Centre, Department of Education QLD 

*Virtual presentation 

11:40 AM 

Panel Discussion: Developing ways to encourage school education to improve student learning outcomes 

· Nurturing strong relationships with parents and carers to create engagement in their child’s education
Developing solid educational foundations to support future education, employment opportunities and social outcomes for Indigenous students 
Creating an encouraging and empowering environment for Indigenous families 

Tanya Neal, Director, Research and Engagement Aboriginal Outcomes and Partnerships, Department of Education NSW 

Catherine Liddle, Chief Executive Officer, SNAICC 

Greg Franks, Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia

12:20 PM 

Networking Lunch

Implementing models to improve learning outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students 

1:20 PM 

How to improve cultural competency amongst school staff and build strategies to lead and support Indigenous students  

· Cultivating culturally appropriate methods to support non-Indigenous workforces in engaging with the Indigenous community
Developing ways to upskill your workforce and provide on-going training  
Providing staff with tools to help them become the leaders for Indigenous children’s education 

Marilyn Morgan, Director, Clontarf Foundation 

*Virtual presentation  

2:00 PM 

How to effectively increase student attendance and engagement to drive academic outcomes  

· Collaborating with students, parents, Elders, community and staff in schools to increase student engagement, attendance, participation and achievements
Developing strategies to ensure students have appropriate support in schools 
Listening to student and community voices and reflecting this in changed practices 

Karen Jones, Executive Director, Aboriginal Outcomes and Partnerships, Department of Education NSW 

2:40 PM 

Afternoon Refreshments

3:10 PM 

Case Study: Supporting and engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying away from community 

· Developing strategies to collaboratively integrate students from diverse First Nations into a boarding environment that encourages stronger academic and non-academic performances · Discussing how to ensure boarding students retain strong family and community connections while away from home
Responding to the negative influences impacting a boarding student’s participation, retention and engagement  

Dr Michael Barton, Executive Principal, Djarragun College 

Troydan Ross, Year 9 Student, Djarragun College 

3:50 PM 

Yarning circle: A Yarning circle is an interactive session that creates a safe space for learning and exploring issues relevant to Indigenous education.  This session will engage all delegates to share their thoughts on the various subjects that influence and impact the sector.  

1. Developing a holistic partnership framework to provide young people with pathways into employment

· Steffen Faurby, Managing Director, TAFE NSW

2. Embedding Indigenous perspectives, knowledges and pedagogies in curriculum  

· Nathan Agius MACE, Educator, Palmerston College 

3. Supporting Indigenous cultural competency in the Australian teaching workforce to improve the cultural safety and learning outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students 

4. Developing ways to support Indigenous children with behavioural issues 

· Stacey Brown,Chief Executive Officer, Yappera Children’s Service Cooperative

4:50 PM 

Closing remarks by Chair and end of day one

8:00 AM 

Registration Opens

8:50 AM 

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Greg Franks, Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia

9:00 AM 

Understanding the importance of implementing cultural responsiveness into the education system 

· Encouraging teaching to help bridge the gaps by engaging students from underrepresented cultures and communities
Supporting and working within local cultural protocols and kinship structures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities 
Discussing responsive teaching strategies and comparing them against traditional models and implementing it into your own method 

Karen Weston, Chief Executive, NT Department of Education 

9:40 AM 

Case Study: Fostering an environment of belonging within schools to enhance Indigenous student wellbeing  

· Providing students with cultural connections to themselves, others and the community 
Developing support programs to create inclusive school communities 
Celebrating Indigenous culture and instilling a sense of pride amongst students and families to drive educational engagement 

Peter Foster, Principal, Hymba Yumba Independent School  

Jody Schostakowski, Educator, Hymba Yumba Independent School 

10:20 AM 

Morning refreshments

10:50 AM 

Case Study: How to develop and implement a community–driven curriculum that celebrates Indigenous cultures 

· Understanding the importance of the inclusion of Indigenous history and culture in the curriculum
Collaborating with community to develop a community-driven curriculum 
Exploring and implementing traditional teaching methods to drive culture amongst Indigenous students 

Arapera Card, Pouhere Kaupapa Māori | Senior Advisor Māori, Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand 

*Virtual presentation

11:30 AM 

Case Study: Supporting language revitalisation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by including traditional languages in the classroom 

· Collaboratively planning to support students to reclaim their Traditional Language
Strategies for effectively engaging students in learning and using their Traditional Language 
Developing and implementing multilingual teaching methods in the classroom 

Sophia Mung, Gija Language Teacher, Purnululu School 

Libby Lee-Hammond, Principal, Purnululu School 

12:10 PM 

Networking Lunch

1:10 PM 

Case Study: Supporting Indigenous children to excel in literacy and numeracy 

· Understanding why students from remote areas have lower performance in literacy and numeracy  
· How to close literacy and numeracy learning gap in learning between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students through equal learning opportunities 
How to provide an appropriate learning environment that influences students’ learning capabilities 

Donna Wright, Principal, Bandiana Primary School 

1:50 PM 

Case Study: How MIT’s prioritised student engagement and learning by adapting a new operating model during COVID-19  

· Examining how MIT successfully moved the whole school from VIC to the NT to provide ongoing physical learning 
· Creating an environment that drives academic and learning outcomes amongst students amidst the chaos and disruption  
Implementing strategies to include community, families and Elders in the decision-making process 

Edward Tudor, Executive Director, Melbourne Indigenous Transition School 

Sammi Rioli, Pathways Manager, NT, Melbourne Indigenous Transition School 

Empowering and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into higher education and employment  

2:30 PM 

Establishing pathways for remote students into higher education and employment  

· Developing a strategic action plan for remote students to provide better outcomes post education 
· Exploring partnerships opportunities with organisations to provide experience, confidence and a pathway to employment options 
Providing Indigenous students with a mentor to guide and gain support for the transition into employment 

Gerry Georgatos, National Coordinator, National Suicide Prevention & Trauma Recovery Project 

3:10 PM 

Afternoon Refreshments

3:50 PM 

Driving entrepreneurship amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people 

· Providing pathways for Indigenous children to become leaders and entrepreneurs 
· Implementing leadership and entrepreneurship into the curriculum during higher education  
Proving ongoing support to Indigenous youth and giving them the competitive advantage to excel as entrepreneurs 

Jeremy Donovan, Program Co-ordinator, MG Corporation  

4:20 PM 

Case Study: Empowering Aboriginal girls and women through the Shooting Stars Program  

· Creating culturally safe spaces in schools for Indigenous girls 
· Implementing strategies to grow local role models 
Discussing place-based programming from activities through to outcomes 

Dr Rose Whitau, Research Manager, Shooting Stars, Glass Jar Australia Ltd

4:50 PM 

Closing remarks by Chair and end of day two

8:00 AM 

Registration Opens

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 


Embedding Indigenous cultures into the classroom to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students  

Student engagement is a big issue in many classrooms around Australia. Having a culturally appropriate classroom is vital to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to thrive in their learning. Attendees of this practical workshop will learn how they can bring their community’s culture into the classroom in a way that positively stimulates and nurtures students to improve academic outcomes. 

Attend this practical workshop and learn how to: 

· Identify cultural content which can be included in the classroom 
· Create innovative classroom settings and environments which resonate with Indigenous cultures 
Introduce non-Indigenous students to their peers’ cultures 
Create experiential on-country learning opportunities 
Drive community engagement amongst Elders, parents and the school 


Phillip Heath AM, Head of Barker, Barker College 

1:00 – 4:00 PM


Developing practical strategies to increase school attendance among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students 

Attendance and engagement rates remain low among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This practical workshop will explore how schools can support their students in getting to school and make learning a fun experience to increase attendance rates and learning. 

Attend this practical workshop and learn how to: 

· Collaborate with parents and Elders to build support and interest for the children’s education 
· Develop strategies to ensure all children have the required resources available for them to thrive 
Make learning and education part of the community and standard 
Focus on making schools a fun and engaging environment 
Build programs that stimulate the senses and offer incentives to make students perform 


Kellie McGinlay, Principal, St Francis Xavier Catholic School 

Cynthia Page, Educator, St Francis Xavier Catholic School 

Gallery from Past Summits

Who Should Attend

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Mayor/ Deputy Mayor
  • Aboriginal Education Officer
  • Director – Aboriginal/ Indigenous Affairs
  • Policy Advisor
  • Public & Private Schools
  • Higher Education
  • Federal Government
  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • NGOs in the Education Sector


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