Networking Event #2: Key Speaker Bardi Educator, Edie Wright

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Edie Wright is Bardi, the Aboriginal language group from Ardiyooloon Community on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome in Western Australia. She has had an extensive and varied teaching career having taught in large town schools before taking up the role of principal of a remote community school in 1999. Her teaching career started in 1983 with experience in two education sectors in a range of context and roles.

Of particular interest is her involvement in international research with the George Institute and local Aboriginal organisations in Fitzroy Valley WA. It involved a population-based study on the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in remote Aboriginal communities, the first ever in Australia.

In 2003 Edie took up the position of Manager Aboriginal Education in the Kimberley Regional Education Office. From her location in Broome, she provided advice and support in Indigenous education to the regional office, school community including parents and community and service providers.

In 2007 she became a director on the board of Magabala Books, Australia’s only independent Indigenous publishing house and is currently the Chairperson. Since 2009 Edie and her regional office team lead and influenced the Stronger Smarter journey in twenty-three public schools in the Kimberley over a period of nine years.

Her vision was to use a team approach to support schools transform school culture to be responsive to the needs and background of the students. Edie is also a writer having published her first autobiography Full Circle, through Fremantle Arts Centre press in 2001. In January 2018 she retired from the Department of Education WA, giving her time to reignite her passion to write. At the beginning of 2018 Edie and her family relocated to Lara, Victoria and when not writing, supports schools in the area with their Reconciliation Action Plan.

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