Programs delivered by QuEST are recognised as legitimate professional development by the Department of Education and Queensland College of Teachers. As such, it is appropriate to apply for funding through your normal school professional development processes.
A wholistic framework and tool kit for engendering change in respectful relationships education.
This hands-on and practice-focused day aims to engender the wisdom and courage needed for students, educators and all members of school communities to become leaders and agents of change in respectful relationships education. The program will motivate and resource educators to develop students' social, emotional and positive relationship skills and reduce antisocial behaviours.
Participants will engage in a variety of activities that support reflective, critical and innovative thinking, and gain foundational understandings about key research, frameworks and curricula in respectful relationships education. The program topics include:
- Working with the whole school community model: school culture and environment, leadership and commitment, professional learning strategy, teaching and learning, community partnerships, support for staff and students.
- Pedagogy for change- developing a critical yet compassionate, creative, trauma-informed and healing centred approach, working with boys and young men.
- Where does RRE fit and what does it look like in the classroom? Using your critical social lens for curriculum design and adaptation.
- Reflective practice and supporting each other - local action research, planning and
- Evaluation, the value of a 'critical friend', working with community organisations, and building communities for change.
Take-aways for teachers include practical strategies and tools for engendering respectful and equitable relationships. Participants will receive a list of key P-12 resources for professional learning and curriculum that are freely available online, and a road map for getting started (or going further).
Supporting community workers, teachers, parents and carers is Maria's greatest joy and privilege. Maria has a primary school teaching background, a BA in Women's Studies and Study of Religion, and is currently working on her PhD thesis that explores social change agency in education policy settings.
For more than 30 years Maria have been involved in diverse advocacy, research, resource development, professional learning, community of practice, and project management roles in school, university, government and social service settings. This work has been in the areas of social inclusion and cohesion, health and wellbeing, sexuality and respectful relationships education, engaging men and boys, and the primary prevention of violence against women.
Maria's significant experience has included working on the Bullying. No Way! website, research on the facilitation of programs for men and boys, and the design and facilitation of respectful relationships professional learning for the Queensland and Victorian Departments of Education.