Sheer elation! Our book ms. has been submitted.

Earlier this morning Samantha Disbray, Nancy and I finished editing our 300-page ms., History of bilingual education in the Northern Territory: People, programs and policies, and sent it off to Melbourne and Singapore so that Springer can  begin the next phase of the publication process. I expect it will be several months before the book sees the light of day, but at least our part is done for now. We have turned the seeds of an idea—one Nancy and I shared on a small plane when flying back from Bathurst Island—into something that is tangible and real.

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The Table of Contents below gives a  quick overview of what the book covers. In the meantime it is hard to describe the endorphin rush that completing the manuscript has given us after weeks of relentless 5 a.m–to–evening screen time, day after day, while the weather turned pleasant outside,the surf continued to roll in on the beach below, and Christmas neared. As my colleague and friend Ailsa Purdon once said, of the work we had independently undertaken as teacher-linguists many years ago, “We just did it! We didn’t know it was impossible”. In a way this is how I feel about this book project.

What has been wonderful about working on his book has been the amazing contributions of time and effort put in by so many people.

I wish everyone who reads this all the best for the coming holiday season and I hope that it will be a happy, healthy, joyous and peaceful one.



Brief table of contents

Michael Christie 
Brian Devlin 
1. Introduction 22
The editors

2. A glimmer of possibility 31
Brian Devlin
3. Reflecting on team teaching
Beth Graham
4. ‘Bilingual time at Willowra: The beginnings of a community-initiated program, 1976-1977
Petronella Vaarzon-Morel and Jim Wafer 
5. Boom and then bust: Lessons learnt from my time teaching in three bilingual schools in the Northern Territory
Mary-Anne Gale 
6. Starting out at Bamyili—factors specific to the development of the Kriol program
Dorothy Meehan
7. Lessons learned from bilingual education
Kathryn Gale
8. The policy framework for bilingual education in Australian Indigenous languages in the Northern Territory
Graham McKay

9. Consolidation, power through leadership and pedagogy, and the rise of accountability, 1980-1998
Samantha Disbray & Brian Devlin 
10. The development of successful bilingual, biliterate and bicultural pedagogy: Place for Tiwi teachers and Tiwi language in learning
Fran Murray 
11. Developing local curriculum materials—learning metaphors, insightful collaborations, community involvement
Michael Christie
12. The quest for community control at Yirrkala School. 129
Trevor Stockley and Banbapuy Ganambarr, Dhuŋgala Munuŋgurr, Multhara Munuŋgurr, Greg Wearne, W. W. Wunuŋmurra, Leon White and Yalmay Yunupiŋu
13. Language revitalisation in a bilingual program—the case of Numbulwar School
Therese Carr, Melanie Wilkinson and Philippa Stansell

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14. Threatened closure: Resistance and compromise (1998–2000)
Brian Devlin 
15. Defending our program at Wadeye
Tobias Ngardinithi Nganbe, and Members of the Wadyeye Community with Teresa Ward 
16. Sources of evidence on student achievement in Northern Territory bilingual education programs
Brian Devlin 
17. Evidence-based policy?
Brian Devlin
18. The Areyonga case: Utulu kutju nintiringanyi ‘Learning together’ 198
Neil Bell & Leonard Freeman in consultation with Tarna Andrews & Peggy Gallagher

19. Policy and Practice Now
Samantha Disbray
20. Starting out at Yuendumu school and Nyirrpi school—teaching in our own language
Tess Ross and Wendy Baarda 
21. Stories from central Australian Indigenous community schools in the Pintupi-Luritja Region
Meg Mooney 
22. Yipirinya School: That generation, this generation 236
Inge Kral 
23. The program at Wadeye, past and present
Deminhimpuk Francella Bunduck and Teresa Ward
24. We did it! A case study of bilingual/bicultural education at Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School 2
Ailsa Purdon in consulation with Imelda Palmer 
25. Forty years on: seeking a way for the future—Dhawal’yurr yuwalkku dhukarr. Reflections on bilingual education at Shepherdson College, Galiwin’ku
Noela Hall 
26. Reminscences: Working together in a bilingual classroom 278
Nancy R F Devlin and Dorothy Gapany
27. Reflections on my years at Elcho and Mäpuru (1978–2015)
John Greatorex 
28. Digital futures for digital books
Cathy Bow, Michael Christie, Brian Devlin
Jim Cummins (University of Toronto)