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Case Study 1: Building education pathways with, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Spotlight on Sharon Davis, Director, Education

There is no opportunity like this in Australia; we are on the cusp of something very important and I am really excited to be part of it.

My name is Sharon Davis and I am from both Bardi and Kija peoples of the Kimberley. I moved to AIATSIS from Western Australia in July 2020, to take up a position as the inaugural Director of Education.

I am a trained primary school teacher and have a Master of Science in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford in the UK. I have an invested interest in improving teachers’ understanding of Aboriginal English, the implementation of a racially competent pedagogy, and the authentic representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures embedded throughout the curriculum.

The most exciting part of my role here at AIATSIS is the role that my team and I will have in the development of teaching resources from an Indigenous viewpoint, to support teaching about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and to provide teachers with professional learning to educate in a more equitable way.

AIATSIS is the custodian of more than a million Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural items and we have the unique opportunity to share appropriate Indigenous knowledges with the next generation of Australian children, as told by and through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.