Communities First

Great schools build pathways for Indigenous community engagement

Working in partnership with communities is crucial for improving the school outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. To be successful, a school’s engagement strategy need to involve the whole-school community and draw on culture and local strengths. 
Principals Australia Institute (PAI) is committed to help improve the educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Our Communities First Workshop has been designed to build whole-school capacity in engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to improve student outcomes. 
Designed for school leaders, teachers, staff and other members of the whole-school community, this half-day workshop will help you plan for developing partnerships effectively in your local school setting.
What will the workshop involve?
PAI’s Communities First Workshop will present specific strategies in developing partnerships that embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander involvement and culture. This face-to-face workshop will include discussion, planning, and group and individual activities. It will present:
  • Practical tools for getting to know and connecting with your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities 
  • How to develop and implement a whole-school framework for effective school-community partnerships
  • Case studies from other schools, systems, states, and sectors
The Communities First Workshop will be integral to understanding the importance of Aboriginal culture, engaging with leaders, families, and the dynamics that bind these.