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Course Description

This course is designed to assist educators in developing a greater understanding of cross-cultural competencies in and outside of the classroom.

Using the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) framework, the workshop also aims to improve practical applications when working with Pacific Islander and Māori learners.

Pacific Islander and Māouri students


All KLA teachers, specifically secondary and middle school executives, teachers, teacher aides, community engagement officers.

Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Understand how students learn

1.3.2 Proficient Level - Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

1.5.2 Proficient Level - Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

$  285 + GST - Individual Enrolment
$1250 + GST - Team Enrolment

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course! (20mins)

    • A message from the instructor

    • How to use this course

    • Before we begin...

    • Introduction: My Vantage Point

    • What lived experiences have shaped your 'vantage point' or view on differentiated learning?

  • 2

    Chapter 1 : Pacific Islander and Māori Cultural Knowledge, Expectations and Perceptions (40mins)

    • Introduction: Pacific Islander and Māori Cultural Knowledge, Expectations and Perceptions

    • Quiz: Pacific Islander and Māori Diaspora in Australia

    • Literature Review Activity: Pacific Islander and Māori Diaspora in Australia

    • Chapter One Review

  • 3

    Chapter 2 : Current Issues and Experiences (30mins)

    • Identify current issues and experiences in working with Pacific Islander or Māori students? (30 mins)

    • Challenges and Opportunities

  • 4

    Chapter 3 : Engaging Pacific Islander and Māori Learners: Australian Education Guidelines (70mins)

    • Introduction to Australian Education Guidelines: Engaging Pacific Islander and Māori Learners

    • 3.1 Create Culturally Safe and Supportive Spaces (Professional Knowledge)

    • 3.2 Acknowledge the Australian Context (Professional Practice)

    • 3.3 Use Evidence-based Practices (Professional Engagement)

    • Resource Downloads

    • Chapter Review: Engaging Pacific Islander and Māori Education Guidelines

  • 5

    Chapter 4: Case Studies (60mins)

    • Case Studies: Pacific Islander and Māori Learners (60mins)

    • TJ - Year 10

    • Mele - Year 12

    • Sione - Year 11

    • Sina - Year 4

    • Colleague A

    • Colleague B

  • 6

    Next steps

    • Congratulations! Here's what's next...

    • More resources for you

    • Final Evaluation (10mins)

    • Thank you!

    • Course Feedback

Presented by:

David Lakisa

David Lakisa

Dr David Lakisa has worked in the education sector at various secondary, tertiary and private levels for the past 17 years. His PhD focused on Pacific culture and workplace diversity management at the University Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School and has experience as an education manager across Australia and the Pacific. A former PDHPE teacher at St Peter Claver College (QLD), Eagle Vale and Granville Boys High Schools, David has also been a sessional academic at Western Sydney University in the School of Education (2008-2016). In sum, David has been heavily involved in numerous research, education, government and community-based initiatives for Pacific Islanders and Maori in Australia and across the Pacific region for the past two decades.

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