Professional learning and resources
A range of anti-racism and multicultural education professional learning programs are available for school staff, students and community.
Department anti-racism education resources for use in schools include:
- Anti-racism education – advice for schools outlines racism in Australia, breaking the cycle of racism, effects of racism in schools and indicators of racism.
- Racism. No way! is an innovative anti-racism education website targeting all members of Australian school communities. It includes a comprehensive set of resources to assist schools, teachers and students to understand and counter racism in schools.
- NSW Cultural Exchange promotes intercultural understanding in schools. It provides an opportunity for schools to develop exchanges with other schools to break down barriers and promote community harmony.
- anti-racism resources and kits are available from the Henry Parkes Equity Resource Centre
- Racism hurts (PDF 242KB) promotional posters – a set of 5 posters (racism hurts me, racism hurts you, racism hurts everyone, reject racism and speak out against racism). You can request sets of these posters in A2 size from the Equity Resource Library. Alternatively you may print the posters in A3 size.
- Posters for ARCOs – promotional posters including a space to insert the ARCO’s name, photograph and contact details .
Teachers can use the icebreaker quizzes and discussion starter videos below. Use the suggested structured outlines or devise outlines that are better suited to your local concerns.
|Understanding racism||Activity type||Outcome||Time frame|
|Cultural diversity in Australia (PDF 130KB)||Icebreaker quiz||Participants recognise that cultural and linguistic diversity has been a feature of society in Australia since ancient times.||15 minutes|
|Challenging racism (PDF 130KB)||Icebreaker quiz||Participants recognise that racism has many forms and that no form of racism is permitted in learning and working environments of the Department of Education.||15 minutes|
|Discussion starter||Healing the Wounds of the Heart uses the voices of respected and highly successful Aboriginal Australians who discuss the impact of racism on their life.||60 minutes|
|Reflections on being Australian (PDF 129KB)||Discussion starter||This trigger stimulates discussion about the ideas and experiences of young people to get participants talking about cultural and linguistic diversity and what "being Australian" means.||40 minutes|
|Finding a place (PDF 118KB)||Discussion starter||This trigger stimulates discussion about how school communities can adapt to the changing characteristics of the student enrolment.||55 minutes|
|Identifying racism||Activity type||Outcome||Time frame|
|Playing the game (PDF 116KB)||Discussion starter||Stimulates discussion about whether specific behaviours or incidents are indicators of racism. The discussion helps to answer the often asked question in school communities, ‘What is racism?||40 minutes|
|The whistle blower (PDF 122KB)||Discussion starter||Focuses on institutional racism and stimulates discussion about the impact and consequences of racist behaviours on individuals and institutions.||40 minutes|
|To be or not to be (PDF 107KB)||Discussion starter||Stimulates discussion about the benefits to school communities of implementing anti-racism education and tackling possible influences rather than ignoring them.||40 minutes|
|No yakking (PDF 98KB)||Discussion starter||Stimulates discussion about the myths and realities of students using their first language to support their learning in class and their learning of English.||40 minutes|
|Just listen (PDF 115KB)||Discussion starter||Stimulates discussion about ways for staff to effectively interact with students and community members from language backgrounds other than English.||40 minutes|