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Leading a Culturally Responsive School

About the program

Culturally responsive schools create welcoming and supportive learning environments that respect the cultures, languages, experiences and world views of their Aboriginal students. They have a holistic approach to working with Aboriginal students.

This can be achieved through concerted and coordinated action at the school level.

Leading a Culturally Responsive School aims to provide principals with a greater awareness of Western Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and how to translate this awareness into culturally responsive actions in their schools to enhance outcomes for all students.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on approaches to Aboriginal education in their school and the implementation of the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework.

The mandated framework provides a structure for all staff to reflect on their practices and identify opportunities for improved action to build on existing knowledge and skills. The goal is to ensure Aboriginal students are confident and successful learners who complete their schooling with the knowledge and skills to access further education, training and employment.

Learning intention

By the end of this program, participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • engage in ethical decision making activities to clarify the leader’s role and understand the responsibility in improving the quality of school leadership and teaching and learning for all students and staff
  • understand the achievement of AITSL principal standards in the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, parents and the community
  • gain insights from school leaders on a whole school vision and strategic planning with reference to the Cross-Curriculum Priorities, General Capabilities, WA Curriculum Outline, Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework and English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) capabilities
  • plan for the implementation of  the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework as a clear statement of expected practice and behaviour in schools and communities to increase Aboriginal student achievement and drive improvement planning.

Target audience

School leaders

Participant expectations

Participants will develop a deeper understanding of leadership approaches in creating culturally responsive school and approaches to the implementation of the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework.

About the facilitator

Paulina Motlop, Director, Aboriginal Teaching and Learning

Professor Motlop is focused on having high expectations for Aboriginal students and the importance of teachers developing cultural competency to help Aboriginal students succeed.

Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals

  • Developing self and others
  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of a school
  • Engaging and working with community.

    One-day program

    11 April 2018
    21 June 2018
    8 August 2018
    15 October 2018



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Day Date Time
Wednesday 11 April 2018 8.30am - 4.00pm
Thursday 21 June 2018 8.30am - 4.00pm
Wednesday 8 August 2018 8.30am - 4.00pm
Monday 15 October 2018 8.30am - 4.00pm

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Institute for Professional Learning   
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street

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On the day

  • Programs start at 8.30am. Tea and coffee are available from 7.45am.
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.


The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA. We co-locate with the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).


Please note the Institute does not have on-site parking available:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F at the Institute.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to register

  • Register for Leading a Culturally Responsive School on PLIS.
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email .


Leading a Culturally Responsive School

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