Inspiring Students to Take Action

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Many thanks to Aquarius Productions and Intrinsic Story for their support in the creation of this online course. We would also like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² Australia, Shark Island Institute, and Documentary Australia Foundation.



This course will show you how to plan and implement social action in the classroom. In this course you will use a social action lesson from the Dying to Live curriculum package as an example of how you can guide students to create change in their community.

You’ll learn:

    • What social action is in a classroom context.
    • Why social action is important to teaching and learning.
    • What the benefits of social action are to students.
    • Where social action fits within the Australian Curriculum.
    • Steps to implementing social action in the classroom, including:
      • Identifying a problem to address through your social action;
      • Developing an action question to guide your social action planning;
      • Planning and implementing your social action; and
      • Reflecting and celebrating your social action achievements.


This course will take 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks.


This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish. You will have ongoing access.


  • Social Action: Primary and Secondary.
  • General capabilities: Personal and Social Capabilities, Critical and Creative Thinking.


This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
2.1 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
2.2 Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs.
3.2 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.
3.3 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.

Highly Accomplished Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
2.1 Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
2.2 Exhibit innovative practice in the selection and organisation of content and delivery of learning and teaching programs.
3.3 Support colleagues to select and apply effective teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and Critical and Creative Thinking.

    This course is accredited by TQI for 2 hours professional development for teachers in the ACT.

NSW Government Waratah Logo Completing Inspiring Students to Take Action will contribute 2 hours and 0 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Krista Nisi is your course teacher and is the Head Writer at Cool Australia, bringing over 15 years of experience working in education, tertiary and local government. She holds a Masters in Environment (Environmental Education) from the University of Melbourne. Krista looks for innovative ways to involve young people in early learning and school education by helping them explore, think about and engage with the world around them.




Gabrielle Munro has worked in the education sector for over 12 years as a classroom teacher and tertiary educator of pre-service teachers. She loves working with teachers to develop practical teaching skills while challenging them to think creatively about how best to teach their students.

As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.

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