Stronger Smarter Approach – Position Paper

Stronger Smarter Approach – position paper

The Stronger Smarter Approach articulates the practical elements of Professor Chris Sarra’s philosophical framework of the Stronger Smarter Philosophy.

In this paper, we have provided a Stronger Smarter Approach Framework to guide school reform to improve outcomes for Indigenous students.  The Framework incorporates both the Stronger Smarter Meta-strategies and the elements of the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program around taking responsibility for change.

Four key elements

Four key elements, interconnected with the Stronger Smarter Meta-strategies, underlie the Stronger Smarter Approach:

  • Responsibility for change (professional accountability)
  • Taking a strengths-based approach
  • Embracing a positive Indigenous student identity (Strong and Smart)
  • Building High-Expectations Relationships.

Three spheres of influence

In a school, we look at the spheres of ‘personal’, ‘school’, and ‘community.

  • The Personal Sphere is about transforming ourselves into agents of change.
  • The School Sphere is about strength-based approaches, High Expectations Relationships, and using the Stronger Smarter Approach as an underpinning, common language.
  • The Community Sphere is about Community Partnerships built on cohesion and collaboration.

Join us on a Stronger Smarter Journey

Use this document to gain insight into how the Stronger Smarter Approach can transform your Personal, School and Community spheres of learning.