Intercultural understanding grants program 2016 – 2018
The Good Practice program aims to develop, document and share examples of good practice. It is intended that such practices will develop students’ acceptance of, and empathy with others, and encourage tolerance for beliefs and practices that are different to their own. Where relevant, it is envisioned that these grants will contribute to building student resilience in the face of discrimination and injustice, and prevent feelings of alienation and grievance.
Approaches adopted could include:
● engendering comfort with, and respect for, diversity
● promoting values of inclusion, citizenship, and democracy
● exploring personal identity, behaviours and resilience
● developing critical and creative thinking skills as they relate to diversity.
In addressing these aims, teachers may wish to significantly enhance an existing program at their school or develop a new activity. Recipients will be responsible for documenting their process. Examples of good practice will be shared nationally through an online teacher professional learning course on the Difference Differently website.
Conditions and criteria
In assessing applications, Together for Humanity will consider: the school situation; the likely impact; whether the proposed activity is holistic in its approach (by which we mean that it is integrated within school life and learning, and is not a stand alone activity); longevity and outcomes of proposed activity; any community involvement; and the value of sharing the activity with other schools.
Successful applicants will need to document their initiatives in a form that can be easily shared, for example vlogs, video or lesson plans, and some reporting to TFH is required.
Teachers are encouraged to propose projects that they will develop with at least one colleague from their school. Activities involving more than one school will be considered. At least 80% of the grant must be spent on teacher release, and the support, and some measure of active involvement of the school’s Principal is required.
How will Together For Humanity use the project case studies?
We are seeking to gather and publish examples of good practice via the Difference
Differently website. www.differencedifferently.edu.au
The examples will be contextualised in an online professional learning course and supported
with video material which we will organise in conjunction with participating schools.
A program evaluator will also seek to speak with teachers funded by the grant.