Full course description
Date and time
Tuesday 21 May 2024, 4.15 pm to 6.15 pm
Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event
Principal, Head of Campus, Director of Teaching & Learning, Directors of Wellbeing, Curriculum and Wellbeing Leader, Teacher
What does a culturally competent teaching workforce look like for schools? What does a teacher or school leader need to be culturally competent? What does cultural safety look like in schools? What are some of the challenges or barriers we face in developing a culturally competent teaching workforce? How do we start the reconciliation process? These questions will be explored in a culturally safe way.
AJ Williams-Tchen, is an award-winning Social Worker, Nurse and Cultural Mentor. He has delivered over 700 cultural appreciation workshops since 2004, training non-Indigenous people about culture and working with individuals, families and communities. He provides cultural mentoring programs across a number of Independent schools in Victoria.
- understanding what cultural safety looks like in schools
- exploration of the challenges and barriers faced by educators
- recognition of issues faced by First Nations families engaging with schools
- things to consider when commencing a Reconciliation Action Plan
- connections with like-minded educators beyond the school.
AJ Williams-Tchen (Wiradjuri / Wotjobaluk) is an award-winning Social Worker, Youth Worker and Nurse. He has delivered over 700 cultural appreciation workshops across Australia, training non-Indigenous people around culture and working with individuals, families and communities.
AJ facilitates cultural mentoring programs in a number of Independent schools for Indigenous students and works with schools to develop culturally safe environments for all students and staff. AJ has supported several schools, organisations and associations with the development of their Reconciliation Action Plan. AJ was awarded the AASW Aboriginal Social Worker of the Year 2021, the 2023 Allied Health Awards Social Worker of the Year, and was a nominee for Victorian Australian of the Year 2024.