Finding the right alignments and opportunities to embed a concept or topic into the National Curriculum is imperative to ensure that your resources are relevant to students learning in the classroom. Need help developing your story or resources and identify alignments to the National Curriculum? Contact Sally to discuss.
Sally has just launched a new landmark series for Nelson Primary, in partnership with AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) called, Our Land, Our Stories.
Our Land, Our Stories is a whole-school series exploring the concepts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and histories. The series includes rare and historically important photos, artwork and audio-visual resources with texts and all stories are written by leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors. Our Land, Our Stories includes reading cards at Lower, Middle and Upper Primary levels and is due to be launched in 2019.
In late 2017, Sally visited 26 schools throughout the state as a part of the QATSIF (Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation) Review. Her interviews and conversations with students, parents, Elders, Community Members, Indigenous Education Workers, School Staff and Leadership teams enabled Sally to provide an insight into how this State program, funded by the interest generated from the Stolen Wages, was supporting Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families through Senior Schooling.
In 2015, Sally was the lead researcher and wrote for The Boys from Barambah – The story of the Black Diggers from Barambah-Cherbourg of WW1. This multi modal resource features as a short film, book, website, newly refurbished War Memorial and Honour Roll and Exhibition at the Ration Shed Museum. The Honourable then Minister for Education in 2015, Kate Jones gave special mention to this work at her opening address at the Queensland History Teachers State Conference in 2015. Today, The Boys from Barambah continues to evolve, taking students on an engaging journey using Augmented Reality. A real must see experience for Students, Educators, Everyone. Go to www.cherbourgmemory.org and follow in the footsteps of our Black Diggers.
In 2014, Sally undertook a Curriculum review for Jodie and Gadj Maymuru’s – Sharing Culture – Teaching and Learning Program to align the program and Teaching Guides to the Australian Curriculum: Languages – Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages. This work enabled her to professionally enhance her understanding of another aspect of the National Curriculum, and strengthen knowledge of the complexity of Aboriginal Languages and Protocols. This pioneering program and on-line portal created by Jodie and Gadj Maymuru is an outstanding example of how digital technologies can support, enhance and revitalise the worlds oldest living culture. A true model for sharing culture.
In 2013, Sally project managed and co-authored a set of 5 Educational Workbooks for the Ration Shed Museum at Cherbourg’s Historical Precinct. These 5 Workbooks (Sally Lawrence, Cindy Bin Tahal and Gaynor Williams) and History book (written by Jo Beasley, Lesley Williams, Robyn Hofmeyr, Mark Newman) recently won the 2014 Museums Australia – MAGNA awards for Indigenous Project or Keeping Place. The MAGNA’S recognise excellent work nationally and is a part of Museums Australia annual awards program.
All profits from the sale of these workbooks go to the Ration Shed Museum, enabling them to continue to develop educational resources, programs and exhibits that share the story of the people and history of Cherbourg. Visit www.rationshed.com.au for sales and information.