Difference Differently offers three free online professional learning modules aimed at increasing diversity competence in education professionals and their students. Using research, best practice examples, video reflections, and interactive activities, the modules provide teachers with an understanding of diversity education and practical strategies for implementing it in schools.
Teachers and other education professionals are welcome to register for the professional learning modules. Participants can elect to complete one or more of the modules, which are complementary but can be used individually. Each module takes between 1-2 hours to complete and participants are provided with a certificate when all aspects of a module are finished. Each module not only provides rich content, but also incorporates a number of learning and reflection tasks for participants to complete, including contributing to online forums.
The three modules are:
Introducing Diversity Education
This module is suitable for all school staff, including non-teaching staff.
This professional learning module explores participants' understandings of and attitudes toward diversity. It examines the rationale for diversity education in Australian schools.(Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: Proficient 4.1 and 6.2)
Diversity Education in the Classroom
This module is suitable for all teaching staff.
Using current research and practical examples, this module explores teaching and learning strategies that can be used in the classroom to build students' intercultural understanding.(Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: Proficient 4.1 and 1.3)
Whole School Approaches to Diversity Education
This module is suitable for school leaders and teaching staff.
This module examines ways to manage and/or celebrate diversity through whole-school engagement and strategies.(Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: Highly Accomplished 1.3)
These modules are offered by Together For Humanity, a NESA endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence level (modules 1 & 2) and at the Highly Accomplished Teacher/Professional Accomplishment level (for "Whole School Approaches to Diversity" module). These have also been registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching, allowing many teachers to count the learning towards their professional learning hours.
Using the professional learning material
Professional Learning Events
Together For Humanity runs professional learning workshops to support the use of Difference Differently in schools. To request a professional learning workshop at your school please contact us.
Would you like to run a workshop for other teachers about developing intercultural understanding and using Difference Differently? Click below to use the train-the-trainer materials.