Koori Curriculum Yarning Circles 2025

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Are you an educator passionate about reconciliation and social justice? Do you seek to deepen your understanding and implementation of Aboriginal perspectives in your educational practice? The Koori Curriculums Virtual Yarning Circles are for you.

Over six transformative months, join like-minded educators in a virtual gathering led by Jessica Staines, Director of Koori Curriculum. Engage in rich, pedagogical discussions, inspired by a series of guest speakers who are experts in their fields and areas of interests.

What to Expect:


  • Monthly Online Sessions: Meet once a month from March to August for immersive and interactive sessions.

  • Expert Facilitators: Learn from Jessica Staines and esteemed guest speakers who will cover essential topics such as:

         - EYLF and MTOP principle  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives

         - Cultural safety in educational environments

         - Aboriginal pedagogy

         - Reconciliation Action Plans

         - Anti-bias approaches

  • Continuous Engagement: Continue discussions and share insights between sessions in an exclusive Facebook group, fostering a supportive community of practice.


Why Join?


  • Advance Your Practice: Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools to implement meaningful Aboriginal programs at your service.

  • Inspire Change: Be part of a movement that promotes reconciliation and social justice through education.

  • Network: Connect with educators who share your passion and commitment to making a difference.


Transform Your Educational Journey


Past participants have found the Virtual Yarning Circles to be a catalyst for significant professional and personal growth. They have returned to their services with renewed inspiration and practical strategies to foster inclusive, respectful, and enriching learning environments.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a pioneering group of educators dedicated to advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in early childhood education.

Secure your spot in the Koori Curriculums Virtual Yarning Circles today. Together, we can create a future where reconciliation and social justice are at the heart of education.

Join us and be a catalyst for change.


Guest speakers for 2025 yarning circles to be announced in February 2025. 

  • Facilitated by Jessica Staines, Director of Koori Curriculum
  • Yarns guided by Aboriginal thought leaders in education
  • Six interactive sessions over six months
  • Providing insight on different challenges and topics
  • Curated cultural content for educators wanting to delve deeper into Aboriginal Education.


Previous Yarning Circle Sessions:


March 2024 - Session Outline: Our yarning circle will begin by connecting with one another and learning about each others journeys so far. We will be exploring place based pedagogies and discussing programming and planning tools that educators can use to foreground their curriculum in culture.

April 2024 - Session Outline: In this session we will be joined by Belinda Huntriss who will lead a discussion regarding culturally safe practices. Educators will be guided to critically reflect on their curriculum, policies, practices and procedures to determine what they do well and where there are opportunities for improvement.

May 2024 - Session Outline: Educators will be invited to explore Reconciliation in the Education. Jessica will highlight several mandatory actions that are part of Narragunnawalis Reconciliation Action Plan and provide insight and ideas on what works, what doesn't and how educators can delve deeper and move from "safe to brave".

June 2024 - Session Outline: Yarning Circle participants will be joined by guest speaker Michelle King who will lead a discussion about the Early Years Learning Framework and My Time Our Place Principle "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives".

July 2024 - Session Outline: Educators will be joined by guest speaker Aunty Nerida Blair who will lead a discussion about Aboriginal pedagogy.

August 2024 - Session Outline: In our final Yarning Circle educators will be encouraged to reflect on our collective learning experience and develop a plan for what will come next.


About Our Yarning Circles:


Our Yarning Circles are interactive and we therefore ask that educators have their own device equipped with a working camera and microphone. If you prefer not to interact with others we suggest not choosing this offering and instead consider one of our pre recorded webinars.

In order to create a culturally safe space for educators to share the decision has been made not to record the sessions. We encourage you to take note of the days and times the sessions will be taking place and consider your availability to participate before registering.

Upon enrolling you will receive a confirmation email within ten minutes from jessica.staines@kooricurriculum.com. Please add this email address to your contacts to ensure all communications are delivered to your inbox and not marked as spam.

If you do not receive an email from us within ten minutes of enrolling please reach out to us at info@kooricurriculum.com for assistance.


Educators Feedback:


"Phenomenal resources and support for Early Childhood Educators. Cannot recommend them highly enough!" - Kelly Gatward

"Every experience I have had with Koori Curriculum has been supportive, knowledgeable, and highly respectful and professional. I highly recommend to Koori Curriculum no matter if it’s buying resources, learning resources, or gaining knowledge. The whole team are wonderful." - Pamela West

"A dynamic business that is always providing ethical, true information, resources and suggestions of pathways of enquiry! Jess and the team are always supportive.  Professional development packages and resources are jam packed filled with useful information and ideas to implement straight away- both resourcing the children’s experiences for learning and supporting educators to think upon and include Indigenous perspectives. I consider Koori Curriculum a valuable network resource!" - Marnie Omeragic

"A wonderful place to continue to learn about and connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, with respect and genuine inclusive discussion and shared ideas. Has impacted the way I do my work in education and care. An absolute game changer in the education space." - Prudence Featherbe


Yarning Circles FAQ:


Q: How long is each Yarning Circle session?

A: Each Yarning Circle is a 1.5-hour session held virtually.

Q: Is there a payment plan?

A: Yes, via AfterPay. Choose AfterPay at checkout for more details.

Q: Who are the previous speakers for the Yarning Circles?

A: We have sourced some amazing speakers to attend the Yarning Circles in previous years:

  • Belinda Huntriss
  • Michelle King
  • Dr Nerida Blair
  • Jessica Staines

Q: When will the 2025 Yarning Circle speakers be announced?

A: Guest speakers for our 2025 Yarning Circles to be announced in February 2025

Q: Why do you need my mobile phone number when purchasing the Yarning Circles?

A: This is to ensure that we can contact you about all the information you will need to attend the Yarning Circles. We will not be using your mobile phone number for marketing, only for important information.

Q: Is there a group rate?

A: No there is no group rate for the Yarning Circles.

Q: Do you offer refunds on the Yarning Circle sessions?

A: Tickets are sold on a strictly no-refund basis. But in the event that the Yarning Circle sessions are cancelled, you will be refunded the face value of the ticket. If the event is postponed due to unforeseen circumstances we will give you the option to have a ticket for the next event. The right is reserved to vary advertised schedules to add, withdraw or substitute speakers and sessions where necessary.

Q: Are the Yarning Circle sessions live and do I need to attend on a certain day or time, or will recordings be available?

A: Yes, the Yarning Circle sessions are live. Due to the interactive nature of the Yarning Circles and to protect the privacy of attendees’ recordings will not be made available. You will need to attend on each of the dates outlined in your email confirmation.

Q: I am a member of the Koori Curriculum Club, should I purchase access to the Yarning Circles?

A: Yes. The Yarning Circles are not part of the Koori Curriculum Club membership. There are no discounts offered for the Yarning Circles for Koori Curriculum Club members.

Q: I have purchased access to the Yarning Circle sessions on behalf of someone on my team, how do I update their email address for communications?

A: Please contact us at info@kooricurriculum.com including the email address used for the purchase and the new email address.

Q: I have purchased multiple individual seats for the Yarning Circle sessions for my team, how do I ensure they are sent their link to join?

A: Please contact us at info@kooricurriculum.com including your order number and the email addresses to be included in communications.

Q: I can no longer attend the Yarning Circle sessions, can I reschedule?

A: We understand that availability can change, unfortunately we are unable to reschedule you into missed sessions.

Q: Who do I contact for any queries?

A: You can reach us at info@kooricurriculum.com and one of our team will respond within 1 business day.

Q: Are copies of the books mentioned in the Yarning Circle sessions part of the price?

A: No. The books mentioned in the Yarning Circle sessions are not included, some of the books are able to be purchased in the Koori Curriculum store, and others can be purchased through book retailers such as Amazon or through the author's website directly.

Q: What happens if I am running late on the date and time it is scheduled?

A: Please contact us at info@kooricurriculum.com and one of our team will respond as quickly as they can to support you during the event.

Q: Can I record the Yarning Circle sessions?

A: No. We do not allow recording of our Yarning Circle sessions. We encourage you to take notes during each session and you will be provided with workbooks.