Educating for a Cohesive Society Webinar Series

  • 17 Oct 2016
  • 17 Nov 2016
  • 4 sessions
  • 17 Oct 2016, 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
  • 17 Oct 2016, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
  • 17 Oct 2016, 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
  • 17 Nov 2016, 3:15 PM 4:15 PM
  • Access to computer and internet required


This webinar series is provided free of charge through the generous support of the Siganto Foundation.
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Educating For A Cohesive Society – Webinar Series

An outstanding Professional Development Program

DET employees follow the OneChannel registration link 

Non-DET employees register via this page.

How has the program come about? In the context of intensifying global concerns about extremist ideologies, the GLC has identified a lack of confidence amongst educators to address problematic cultural issues in their classrooms. Educating for a Cohesive Society program supports schools to strengthen the conditions required to address conflicting values and beliefs with a focus on transformative intercultural understanding.

Join GLC education consultant Alisa Cleary in a four-part webinar series featuring highlights of Educating for a Cohesive Society in action at Woodridge State School.


What is involved? The series is designed to support educators during a 6-week action learning process. Three webinars will take place on Monday October 17, 9am – 2pm.  School leaders and teachers will explore Australian curriculum connections and strategies to support the development of social cohesion across P-12.

After the initial workshops, participants will apply strategies in their school over a five-week period. During this time they will receive mentoring and support online. At the end of the five weeks, participants will share their experiences and activities in a webinar finale.

Online Sessions Monday October 17

Session 1 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Who do I think I am? How can I strengthen my frames of reference to teach for social cohesion? 

An introduction to the webinar series, this session begins with a discussion of the results of a short self–reflection survey completed in advance by participants. The discussion will reflect upon on the multifaceted nature of our sense of identity and how our values, attitudes and beliefs influence our practice. This discussion will lead into a familiarisation with key understandings about:

  • Bank’s theory of transformative intercultural understanding 
  • Harvard University’s Visible Thinking Approach for strengthening critical and creative thinking
  • ACARA’s continuums for the General Capabilities - Intercultural Understanding and Critical Creative Thinking

Session 2 – 11:00am – 12:00pm

How do I plan to teach for social cohesion in a crowded curriculum? How will I know I’ve made an impact on my students’ learning?

Alisa will share how Educating for a Cohesive Society has been adopted as a school- wide approach at Woodridge State School. She will demonstrate how to plan a compelling learning experience connected to ACARA’s Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum. Focusing on European and Indigenous relations in colonial Tasmania, the activities will make explicit the principles of transformative intercultural understanding using a selection of visible thinking routines.  The session will also demonstrate the power of Harvard University’s LAST protocol as a tool for reviewing the impact of key strategies on student learning.

Session 3 – 1:00pm - 2:00pm

What can I do when controversy arises?

Expert practitioners and beneficiaries of Educating for a Cohesive Society program from Woodridge State School will join Alisa. Together they will share their observations of the transformative power of the program to inspire and empower teachers and students. Alisa will also guide participants through an approach to support teachers who may be hesitant about tackling controversial cultural issues.  This approach is particularly relevant in classrooms where children may have been exposed to trauma and violence.

Online Session Thursday November 17

Session 4 – 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Have we made a difference?

Our final session will be a culminating webinar finale for sharing ideas, experiences and resources. Alisa will facilitate the discussion using Harvard University’s LAST protocol, which includes an examination of implications for future practice.

Cost: The four-part webinar series including online support is freely available to 20 participants only. Don’t miss out on this one and only complimentary offer as the GLC trials its ground breaking work in the online environment.

To Register: DET employees follow the OneChannel registration link 

Non-DET employees register via this page.

Presenter: Alisa Cleary is the Coordinator Professional Learning Program for the Global Learning Centre and the Global Citizenship Mentor at Woodridge State School.


This program has been developed through the generous support of the Siganto Foundation.


This webinar is aligned to the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

  • 3.3. Using teaching strategies,
  • 4.1 Support student participation,
  • 6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice,
  • 6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice
  • 6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning
  • 7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities. 

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