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How do we embrace & value learners to feel a sense of BELONGING in the classroom? Practical strategies to build RELATIONSHIP and CONNECTEDNESS as an imperative to academic achievement.

Workshop 1 | Professor Melitta Hogarth | Friday 2 August, 1:15pm | Roma Room 


The superdiversity of the students in our classrooms has often been overlooked in the planning of teaching and learning.  As educators, our role is to provide a culturally safe and welcoming environment for all students.  Central to our work is the responsibility of enacting culturally responsive and relationally strong approaches to build relationships and connectedness with all students.  In this Masterclass, drawing on the learnings and work of Ngarrngga, a nation building program of work supporting educators to showcase Indigenous Knowledge in teaching and learning, we will explore strategies that embrace and value learners building a sense of belonging the classroom; creating a space where all students thrive.

Professor Melitta Hogarth

Professor of Indigenous Education, Associate Dean (Indigenous) and Director, Ngarrngga

Professor Melitta Hogarth is a Kamilaroi woman and is the Director of Ngarrngga, as well as the Associate Dean (Indigenous) and Principal Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education, The University of Melbourne. Melitta’s research interests revolve around the intersection of education, equity, and social justice for Indigenous peoples, which draws on her years of experience as a teacher and a researcher. Prior to entering academia, Professor Hogarth taught for almost 20 years in Queensland, particularly in secondary schools.

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