Selecting and teaching Indigenous literature in the English classroom
Cara Shipp is a Wiradjuri/Welsh woman (descending from the Lamb and Shipp families in Central Western NSW) and currently leads Years 9-12 at Silkwood School, Mount Nathan, in the Gold Coast Hinterland. She has previously lived and worked in Canberra and has run alternative educational programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; held Head Teacher English/HASS/Languages positions; and served as President, Vice President and Editor with the ACT Association for the Teaching of English (ACTATE).
Cara has completed a Master of Education focusing on Aboriginal literacy and regularly presents cultural competence training at local and national conferences, particularly within the context of incorporating Indigenous perspectives into the English curriculum. In 2013, Cara was part of the ACARA working party on incorporating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority into the Civics and Citizenship curriculum. Cara trained with the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program (leading change in Aboriginal education) and is a trained Stronger Smarter facilitator.