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A discussion of educational inequity and its challenges and opportunities in modern Australia. Catering provided.

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A discussion of what educational inequity looks like in modern Australia and how today and tomorrow’s leaders can create an Australia where education gives every child, regardless of background, greater choice for their future. Panelists include Teach for Australia alumni and leaders that serve Teach for Australia communities.

In Australia, recent reports show that:

Compared to other wealthy nations, Australia’s education system is one of the most unequal and inequitable.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are on average six times more likely to be below the national minimum standards for literacy and numeracy.

Students from rural or remote communities are less than half as likely to go to university – and are more likely to drop out if they do.

COVID-19 has only exacerbated these problems, with estimates showing that the achievement gap has tripled in 2020 for students who are experiencing disadvantage.

Statistics like these show that circumstances that are out of a student’s control – the postcode they’re born in, their parents’ own education level, their cultural background – often dictate the education they are able to access.

And the lower the level of education a student obtains, the further their opportunities in life diminish: it impacts their employment and earning opportunities, their health and their general wellbeing.

Without intervention, the gap in educational outcomes grows over time and is carried on to the next generation – creating a cycle of disadvantage.

Read about Teach for Australia's impact in addressing educational disadvantage in our 2020 Impact Report here.

PANELLISTS:

ADAM INDER (Cohort 2015)

Adam Inder graduated from UWA in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Engineering Science and Chemistry. He was one of thirteen people chosen to be part of the first rollout in WA for the Teach For Australia Leadership Development Program.

Adam undertook his first two years of teaching in Perth's inner northern suburbs, completing a Master of Teaching degree at the same time. He now works in Perth's outer north as a Deputy Principal. Adam is known for his 2017 TEDxUWA talk, “Drawing The Line on Educational Disadvantage”, which has received over 4000 views on YouTube.

In his role as Deputy, Adam is passionate about driving the improvement of student academic outcomes through the use of research-based practice. Adam’s work so far has been acknowledged through achieving the ACEL New Voice Scholarship for 2020, which recognises ‘new voices’ in educational leadership, acknowledging those as forward thinking, relevant and responsive to issues in education.

STEPH LUDEKENS (Cohort 2016)

Steph is an alumna of TFA (Cohort 2016) and featured in the Testing Teachers documentary aired by SBS in 2017 covering the Teach for Australia Leadership Development Program. She currently works as a Science & Geology educator in Perth.

Steph is a CoRE (Centre of Resources Excellence) educator, empowering STEAM learners through project-based learning by drawing on her previous work as a geologist in the mining industry. She has a keen interest in learning more about Indigenous education, integrating these perspectives into her classroom practice and supporting other educators to do the same. In her spare time, she enjoys undertaking ambitious DIY tasks, podcasts, going to the gym and learning to fight!

HILLEL SOLOMON (Cohort 2019)

Hillel Solomon graduated from UWA in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in physics and philosophy. Over the next two years, Hillel completed a Master of Teaching degree and taught mathematics and physics in Perth's inner northern suburbs as a Teach for Australia Associate.

So far in 2021, Hillel has completed a web development coding boot camp in Melbourne and has taken some time to explore our beautiful country. He plans to return to the classroom in the near future.

HOLLY-JAY DEAN (TFA In-School Mentor 2019-2020)

Holly-Jay Dean is a highly–skilled and innovative English teacher who is proficient at constructing effective learning opportunities for students in Years 7-12. Her career objective is to continue to make a significant and positive contribution to the education experience of students in a secondary environment. She is a strong advocate for education as she has seen first-hand its ability to empower individuals and communities.

Holly mentored three Teach for Australia Associates over 2019 and 2020 while also leading curriculum teams within her department. She has worked with Teach for Australia communities in Perth for five years.

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Educational inequity is one of the most urgent and corrosive social problems that our country faces. Teach for Australia is part of a global movement that is dedicated to breaking the cycle of disadvantage through teaching and leadership in education.

Teach For Australia attracts both graduates and professionals, who represent a range of academic disciplines and career aspirations.  These Associates teach in schools serving low socioeconomic communities for at least two years, with full salary and benefits, and receive a Master of Teaching on scholarship. 

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