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To assist educators in both primary and secondary settings, the Global Learning Centre’s 2015 professional development program offers a range of sessions which provide both a global perspectives overview as well as in-depth explorations of the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and Cross Curriculum Priorities.

The following sessions can be provided to whole staff meetings; year level or discipline specific groups or to key personnel depending on requirements and can be tailored to meet the goals and visions of your school. Alternatively educators may wish to attend one of our public sessions. 

Global Perspectives in the Australian Curriculum an introduction to the concept of global citizenship and an exploration of how the global perspectives align with the Australian Curriculum to give both educators and their students opportunities for critical and creative understandings of real-world issues.

Critical and Creative Thinking an examination of how exploring issues of a globalised and interdependent world can motivate and engage students in critical and creative ways, providing them with the knowledge, skills, motivation and confidence they will need to become effective global citizens.

Intercultural understanding - intercultural understanding deepens students’ sense of their own identity and assists them in celebrating cultural diversity. This session explores opportunities in the curriculum that enable students to identify and understand their own beliefs, value others, celebrate diversity and think critically about bias and stereotypes.

Ethical understanding - complex issues require responses that take into account ethical considerations such as rights and responsibilities. This session examines how education for, through and about social justice and human rights allows students of all ages to understand the importance of treating people equitably and the responsibilities we all have to protect the rights of others.

Personal and social capability - students with well-developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience and a sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. This session highlights activities that require students to negotiate, compromise and work together to solve problems, examining peace building and conflict resolution at an individual and global level.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures this session provides opportunities for all learners to deepen their knowledge of Australia by engaging with the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.  By comparing the impacts of colonization histories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and indigenous peoples around the world, it is possible to better understand the local context and the importance of progressing indigenous rights at the international level.

Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia - "India, China and other Asian nations are growing and their influence on the world is increasing.  Australians need to become ‘Asia literate’ by building strong relationships with Asia".  This session identifies opportunities to compare and contrast attitudes and practices throughout the Asian region and define global citizenship within the context of our relationships with our nearest neighbours.

Sustainability - sustainability education is futures-oriented, focusing on protecting environments and creating a more ecologically and socially just world through informed action. This session will help educators foster in their students a sense of optimism about sustainable futures, balancing realistic understandings of the challenges such as climate change, global food security, refugees, and clean drinking water.

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