About the Kate Mullin Association
The Kate Mullin Association (KMA) is a registered charity with the object of improving the literacy levels of Aboriginal children. Our vision is that ‘through improved literacy Aboriginal students will enjoy the same opportunities and choices as the wider community’.
Kate Mullin was a passionate and visionary ESL literacy consultant who made significant and far reaching contributions to Aboriginal literacy in Western Australia. Kate worked with the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) and the Aboriginal Independent Community Schools (AICS) introducing Scaffolding Literacy to young Aboriginal readers in WA with excellent results. Tragically Kate was killed in a car accident in 2008. The Kate Mullin Association Inc. was established in 2011 by her many friends and colleagues to:
- Be a tangible way to remember Kate’s passion, dedication and commitment to improve literacy outcomes of Aboriginal students; and
- Continue the legacy of inquiry and research that empowered Kate to keep pushing boundaries.
We are a network of teachers, literacy co-ordinators and researchers, and committed friends of Kate. An important aim is to grow Kate’s legacy in Aboriginal literacy. The patron of the KMA is the Hon. Ken Wyatt MHR who knew Kate Mullin and appreciated her work.
Current activities of the KMA:
- An annual Kate Mullin Teacher’s Award, which has been operating for 7 years, and which has attracted applicants from teachers in the Pilbara, the Kimberley, northern Goldfields and the metro area.
- The establishment of The KMA Scholarship Fund to raise funds and administer The KMA Scholarship Program which assists Aboriginal people from remote communities (e.g. Aboriginal Education Workers) to study to become teachers, and then return to work in schools in their communities. Donations to the Fund are tax-deductible. To date we have had 2 of our Awardees graduate and become teachers, and there are currently 2 recipients of the Award.
- Occasional workshops for teachers and researchers in Aboriginal literacy to exchange ideas, foster professional development and identify project opportunities.