Growing Our Own is a joint project between CDU and Catholic Education, Northern Territory (CENT). Our vision is to graduate qualified Indigenous teachers for remote Indigenous schools whilst maintaining the intercultural aspirations of Indigenous communities in the NT.
Since its inception in 2009, Growing Our Own has offered significant research and professional development opportunities around best practices in both-ways teaching and learning.
We utilise a holistic approach to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) along with a unique blend of pastoral and academic case management and a place-based emphasis, whereby pre-service teachers study in situ in their home communities while working as assistant teachers.
Growing Our Own is a clear success story. Between 2009 - 2016 the program saw 54 students from remote Indigenous communities commence study, with 74% retention and 90% employment rates; considerably higher than national standards.