Alumni Stories

13/11/2023

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When challenged, how do you respond?

‘In a society where social inequity exists, educators can decide whether they continue to support the status quo, or deliberately choose to challenge these inequities.’   Stronger Smarter Institute, 2017, p.4  A key principle of the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program (SSLP) is the belief that every educator can challenge the status quo and take a personal ‘Responsibility for Change.’  The Stronger … Read More

10/07/2023

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What organisations need is leadership – not leaders. 

The principles of Stronger Smarter create great leaders regardless of context.  Principal, WA (alumni survey 2022)  In the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program (SSLP) we use the provocation from Meg Wheatley that ‘What organisations needs is leadership – not leaders.’  Instead of an organisation based on roles and chains of command, Wheatley creates a different lens to view organisations as a … Read More

28/02/2023

Alumni Stories

Celebrating our Teachers of STEM graduates

Stronger Smarter Institute is proud to celebrate the achievements of our graduates of the Teachers of STEM Initiative (ToSI), knowing the direct impact that they will have in the classroom. Through hard work and perseverance six motivated Indigenous women have graduated from their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related teaching degrees and are all now employed in Education.  Elise … Read More

21/07/2022

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The power of a cup of tea

When we asked our Leadership Program alumni about building better relationships with their local communities, they told us not to underestimate the power of a cup of tea. While there is no set formula or process, our alumni tell us that what is important is taking the time to question, listen and learn. Starting the conversation Building relationships is as … Read More

11/07/2022

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High-expectations relationships at Morisset Public School

Rodney Groves is the Assistant Principal at Morisset Public School across the road from where he attended High School. His background is Kamilaroi. However, his family have lived on Awabakal land for five generations, and he has close ties in the local Hunter area. Rodney has been on the executive committee of the local Itji-Marru AECG in various roles for … Read More

26/05/2022

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Indigenous Knowledges in Mathematics Project

The Indigenous Knowledges (IK) in Mathematics project is a collaboration between Indigenous communities, the Stronger Smarter Institute and Education Services Australia. This project aims to create resources to guide teachers and other school staff in their understanding of how they can incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Histories and Cultures into the core curriculum of mathematics. Resources being developed … Read More

26/05/2022

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Aboriginal Studies at Inverell

Cath Jeffery is a Head Teacher at Inverell State High School, and also works for one day a week with the Stronger Smarter Institute. We talked to her about the very successful Aboriginal Studies class that she started in 2006 with just 6 students. The class has now grown to be one of the most popular at Inverell, with 24 … Read More

04/12/2020

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Are my students ‘hungry to learn’?

Four school leaders in northern NSW describe how they have used strategies from the Stronger Smarter Specialists Program to deepen their understandings and skills to work with staff to build a culture of high expectations across their schools. Stronger Smarter facilitator Damian Bisogni has been talking to some of his colleagues in Ballina about how they are using the Stronger … Read More

26/11/2019

Alumni Stories

A strength-based approach in the Kimberley

Sam Saunders Teacher School of Special Educational Needs ‘Most of the schools up here are Stronger Smarter schools so we all come from a common place and we all endorse those practices and high expectation leadership.’ Sam Saunders, Teacher Engagement Sam Saunders is a consultant teacher for the School of Special Educational Needs: Behaviour and Engagement based in Broome and works with schools across the Kimberley region.  Sam … Read More

26/11/2019

Alumni Stories

A collaborative teaching approach at St Augustines

Renee Matheson Principal St Augustine’s Parish Primary School ‘Stronger Smarter – it’s really about common language. It affirmed a lot of my feelings about teaching and education and it’s really about our students. If you’ve always got the students in your forefront, then nothing can go wrong for those kids’ Renee Matheson Renee Matheson has been the Principal of St Augustine’s … Read More