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In the Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives webinar, Director of the Koori Curriculum Jessica Staines builds educators cultural confidence and capacity by identifying ways Aboriginal perspectives can be meaningfully embedded throughout the curriculum.

Embedding Aboriginal perspectives is a multifaceted approach. This webinar will demonstrate ways that educators can both meaningfully include cultural perspectives in context to children’s interests and create inclusive play environments.

In this course you will learn how to embed an Aboriginal perspective in multiple play areas:

Play Space 1: Sandpit:

• How to use digging sticks in the sandpit for play
• Read stories and draw out symbols (Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal) from that story to illustrate it in the sandpit

Play Space 2: Playdough:

• Why using black playdough, as well as brown and tan, is important
• Use native plants to die your playdough (have your children collect them is even better!)
• How to use stamps with Aboriginal symbols
• The use native plants, such as Banksias, to roll out playdough

Play Space 3: Symbols & Literacy:

• The importance of symbols in Aboriginal culture and how to incorporate them
• The ways Aboriginal people used symbols
• What to check before using symbols
• Where you can use symbols in your centre

Play Space 4: Birds:

• How to bring in children’s interests through an Aboriginal perspective
• The importance of the Emu to Aboriginal people
• How Aboriginal people used to collect eggs from country
• Using books, such as Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, is a great way to bring understanding to more complex topics to Children

Play Space 5: Bush Tucker:

• Introducing agriculture and biodiversity into the classroom
• Having a Bush Tucker Garden as a way to embed Aboriginal perspectives in the classroom
• How talking to children about the signs and signals that nature leaves us
• Ways to be mindful of the messages nature gives us
• What to check before introducing Bush Tucker meals to your Children

Play Space 6: Construction:

• The ways Aboriginal people used the Kangaroo
• Why it’s important to breakdown stereotypes and represent Aboriginal people and culture well
• Talk about buildings from an historical and modern context
• Explore artworks like murals and light installations

Play Space 7: Music & Movement:

• The importance of demonstrating traditional and modern Aboriginal music
• Combining construction and music by teaching how Aboriginal people made their own instruments
• How to embed an Aboriginal perspective through dance and movement
• The ways to identify different Aboriginal languages using the Aboriginal lands map

Play Space 8: Dramatic Play & Home Corner:

• Incorporating textiles, such as tablecloths and coasters in the centre that feature Aboriginal artwork
• The importance of using black dolls in the classroom
• Using Aboriginal tools, like Coolamons in home play
• Books you can use for cooking as well as artworks to teach about Aboriginal perspectives

Play Space 9: Birth to 2’s:

• Leverage the way younger children play to bring in an Aboriginal perspective
• Why it’s important to show young children books that include diversity
• Using Aboriginal artwork in toys to bring in an Aboriginal perspective
• How to be clever and think out of the box for your younger Children

Play Space 10: Books:

• The importance in having books within your centre that are diverse
• Books that show Aboriginal people without needing to specify they are Aboriginal people
• What books can help you discuss sensitive topics with your Children
• ‘The resources that are available to give your Children, and you, a unique and insightful Aboriginal perspective

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    So far there have been over 1,800 educators partake in this webinar and here is what some have had to say:


    "I’m halfway through this webinar now and already have so so many ideas Thanks Jess this by far for me has been a very useful webinar." - Linda Tandy

    "Such an awesome webinar! So many ideas and hints" - Carolina Pavez Jule

    "Such a valuable resource!!!!! I cannot wait to unpack this and imbed into practice!!💗 (Ps we love everything you do!)" - Anna Smith-Cassells

    "I highly recommend watching this Webinar, we have taken so many wonderful ideas and have begun incorporating them into our everyday programmes." - Shanya Sanat

     "I've completed this workshop with Jessica and I highly recommend it! I feel so much more confident now to guide my fellow educators in the right direction and have successfully created a Reconciliation Action Program since completing the course. If you can do it.... do it!!!" - Nikkie Maree

    "Embedding Indigenous practices into our program is extremely important to us.
    We have taken on board the advice of Jess from The Koori Curriculum and we will be incorporating a sprinkling of Aboriginal resources intentionally in our program, always not just on special days or as a display piece." - G1 Early Education, Narre Warren

    "Thank you so much for explaining and inspiring me to spinkle some Aboriginal perspectives throughout the childrens interests and play spaces!" - Kate Burling

    "Thank you for all your ideas, Jess! You have such a wealth of knowledge and you delivered this webinar with so much detail. I am inspired to start incorporating Aboriginal perspectives in my classroom!" - Haley Stafford

    "Thank you so much for this. I have thoroughly enjoyed this webinar. I have enjoyed the play spaces and ideas you have shared. Really inspiring:)" - Gillian Jones

    "Love the symbol in the classroom idea especially with everyday routine things like drink bottles and washing hands !" - Kirsten Sweeney

    "Thank you for showing that we can sprinkle the Aboriginal cultural through a planning in many different areas. So good" - Trina Dinsdale

    "Inspiring and informative - thought provoking. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Teach through culture and not about culture statement has really resonated with me." - Linda McConville


    Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives FAQ’s


    Q: How do I access the webinar after I purchase it?

    A: After you purchase your webinar you will be sent a series of emails:

    1. An order confirmation email with receipt of purchase
    2. An email with your login details to the webinar platform

    These emails can take up to 2 business hours after your purchase to arrive (please check your junk mail).

    Q: How long is the webinar sessions?

    A: The webinar is approximately 1 hour long.

    Q: Is there a payment plan?

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

    Q: Is there a group rate?

    A: Yes, for groups of up to 5 people, the rate is $300. For groups of more than 5 people, please purchase a combination of individual and group access, or multiple group access.

    Q: I have just purchased group access to the webinar, how do I add the additional users?

    A: Please contact us at info@kooricurriculum.com with the first name, last name and email address of each user and a member and one of our team will add them within 1 business day. 

    Q: Can I share my individual access with other people?

    A: No. We do have the additional option of purchasing group access to the webinar (for up to 5 users).

    Q: How long is my access valid for once I purchase?

    A: Access to the Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives webinar is for 3 months

    Q: Do you offer refunds on webinars?

    A: We are confident that once you view the webinar, you'll be sure you made the right decision. Due to the digital nature of the webinar, we do not offer refunds. If you have accidentally purchased the webinar twice (it happens) please contact us at info@kooricurriculum.com

    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: Is the webinar live and do I need to attend at a certain day or time, or will recordings be available?

    A: Webinar sessions are pre-recorded, all webinar sessions once purchased are available for you to view in your own time. 

    Q: Are copies of the books mentioned in the webinar part of the price?

    A: No. The books mentioned in the webinar 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: I am a member of the Koori Curriculum Club, should I purchase the Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives webinar?

    A: No. The Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives webinar is included in your Koori Curriculum Club membership, along with our other great webinars.

    Q: What happens if I have technical issues with the webinar after I purchase?

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

    Q: Can I download the webinar?

    A: No. We do not allow downloading of our webinars, once you have access you are able to watch the webinar however many times you like.

    Q: Are the webinars NESA accredited?

    As of 5th February 2021, NESA deregistered all early childhood providers and any courses they had accredited, this included any offered by the Koori Curriculum.

    Information about the new processes for accreditation of PD courses, including course content criteria, is expected to be available on the NESA website around mid-July 2021 and applications will open shortly after that time. We aim to applying for accreditation during this time.

    Early Learning Educators are able to log completed hours under Elective PD course hours as they will count equally for teachers who are completing their Maintenance of Accreditation in 2021 and 2022:  https://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/teacher-accreditation/meeting-requirements/maintaining-accreditation/maintenance-transition-arrangements

    Should you have any further queries on this, please reach out to the Department of Education directly on +61 2 9367 8291 or email on PD@nesa.nsw.edu.au

    Q: I have previously purchased a webinar from Koori Curriculum, how do I access a newly purchased webinar?

    A: Thank you for purchasing an additional learning experience from Koori Curriculum. If you already have access to our learning platform, any additional webinars you purchase will be automatically added to your profile for access after purchase.