Multicultural Education Aide Support Program
Multicultural Education Aides and other Bicultural workers in schools play a critical role supporting the engagement and wellbeing of students and families from refugee backgrounds. The Multicultural Education Aide Support Program (MEASP) supports school staff in bicultural roles via regional Networks, online Professional Learning workshops and practical resources.
MEASP is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training to support MEAs and other Bicultural Staff who work with students and families from refugee backgrounds. MEASP is available free of charge to staff from Government, Catholic and Independent schools across Victoria.
MEASP provides opportunities for MEAs and other Bicultural staff to:
- Participate in a regional network with other workers in schools (networks meet once a term)
- Participate in online Professional Learning events addressing practice themes
- Access online resources to support them in their roles
MEASP also provides online briefings and resources for school leaders around supporting their MEAs and other Bicultural staff.
Foundation House provides online professional learning events for MEAs and other Bicultural workers from schools across Victoria. These build the capacity of participating staff to strengthen engagement between schools and families from refugee backgrounds and support student learning.
Topics covered include: classroom strategies, engaging families, incidental counselling, self-care, supporting transitions, and establishing yourself in the role.
These Professional Learning events are funded by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and are free of charge for all participating school staff.
These networks meet once a term to provide staff with peer support, opportunities to share good practice and resources, professional learning and other additional support as identified by the network.
The networks also document key issues and good practices which are disseminated across the sector and contribute to better supports to address the needs of students and families from refugee backgrounds.
Networks are being established/underway in the following regions:
- Southeast metro: Greater Dandenong/Casey/Cardinia
- Northern metro: Hume/Whittlesea/Moreland
- Statewide Regional Victoria (wider online network including Shepparton/Wodonga/Mildura)
- Join the Victorian Multicultural Education Aides Network Facebook Group
- VIDEO: Building on MEA Experience
- Balancing your involvement as an MEA [PDF]
- Settling into your new role as a MEA or Bicultural Worker [PDF]
- Guidelines for school staff working with Multicultural Education Aides (MEAs) [PDF]
- Key Roles of Bicultural Workers in Schools [PDF]
- Checklist to develop guidelines for your school staff working with Multicultural Education Aides (MEAs) [PDF]
- VIDEO: Online Forum for Afghan Multicultural Education Aides in Victorian Schools – Recorded 31 August 2021
- Self-care, wellbeing and communication strategies [PDF]
- VIDEO: Supporting MEAs in maintaining boundaries – Briefing for school leaders
- VIDEO: Sustaining MEA links forged with families during remote learning
- VIDEO: Foundation House Recovery Goal 1 – Safety and Control
- VIDEO: Foundation House Recovery Goal 2 – Connection and Belonging
- VIDEO: Foundation House Recovery Goal 3 – Meaning and Identity
- VIDEO: Foundation House Recovery Goal 4 – Dignity and Value