These short films highlight key strategies adopted by Community Prophets to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in their learning. The film clips explore a number of factors identified as being fundamental for student engagement and attendance. These include (i) community ownership and involvement in learning, (ii) connection to country, (iii) identity and belonging and (iv) the use of creative arts.
The Teacher Guide supplements the film clips and provides additional information on the approach adopted by Community Prophets, strategies to consider and activities to implement to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Introduction to TECP
This film clip provides a brief overview of the TECP projects delivered by Community Prophets to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from the Ballarat, Echuca and Healesville regions of Victoria during 2012 and 2014.
01. SETTING THE FOUNDATION
This film clip focuses on the importance of building a strong collaborative partnership with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. It highlights how by actively engaging the community in the development and implementation of a culturally appropriate program teachers will deliver a more successful program.
02. KIDS ON COUNTRY
This film clip showcases the importance of getting students onto the country of their region.
03. THE POWER OF STORY
This film clip illustrates the benefits of using the creative arts, in particular music, to build confidence in students and inspire them to support each other to use their voices in the learning environment.
04. WHAT'S IN THE BACKPACK?
This film clip demonstrates the need to be aware of the history of education for Indigenous people in your region and the different learning styles of students.
05. IDENTITY AND BELONGING
This film clip explores the critical themes of identity and belonging through the personal journey of a student researching her own family history.
06. DISCUSSING OUR HISTORY
This film clip demonstrates the importance of making history engaging and why it is important for students to learn about our Indigenous history which spans more than 60,000 years.
07. A MESSAGE TO OUR ELDERS
In this film clip Aboriginal students in Echuca send a message to their Elders that underscores the importance of that relationship to their education.