Stronger Smarter Institute’s founder & Chair Chris Sarra named 2016 National NAIDOC Person of the Year

by on Jul, Wed, 2016 in News, Stronger Smarter News | 1 comment

Media Release

10 July 2016




The Stronger Smarter Institute is celebrating the recognition of the work of our founder and chairperson, Professor Chris Sarra, in Indigenous education by the National NAIDOC Awards Committee in Darwin on Friday night.


Congratulations and thank you Chris, for leading the way for us to continue to share your passion to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous children through the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program. 


We share your success with the more than 2000 educators (principals, teachers and local Indigenous community leaders) in nearly 600 schools who believe in the Stronger Smarter philosophy and who have worked hard in their communities to bring about educational success for Indigenous students.






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About Professor Sarra – NAIDOC 2016 Person of the Year

Professor Chris Sarra, a Gurang Gurang and Tarilbilang Bunda man from Bundaberg, has championed the improvement of Aboriginal educational outcomes throughout Australia for over 20 years. The youngest of ten children, Chris faced many of the challenges commonly experienced by Indigenous kids at school, motivating him to make a difference. 6 His Stronger Smarter Institute began in 2006 to improve the way Indigenous education is delivered, without compromising cultural identity. As Principal of Cherbourg State School in Queensland, Chris’ teaching methods increased enthusiasm for student learning and dramatically improved student engagement, school outcomes and the Aboriginal community’s involvement in their children’s education. In 2004, Chris was Queenslander of the Year, and in 2010 he was Queensland’s Australian of the Year. He has written two books and has completed a psychology PhD and Masters of Education. He recently accepted a role as Professor of Education at the University of Canberra. As a leader, scholar, teacher and principal, Professor Sarra advocates that a strong and positive sense of culture and identity should go hand in hand with achieving a good education.


About the Stronger Smarter Institute

The Stronger Smarter Institute was founded 10 years ago by Dr Chris Sarra who developed the Stronger Smarter philosophy through his groundbreaking work at Cherbourg State School. This year we celebrate 10 years of running our signature Stronger Smarter Leadership Program developed to bring about better and more positive educational outcomes for Indigenous Australian children.

One Comment

  1. The work of the institute is reflective of the most empowering impact on my professionalism as Principal and also in life. I applaud the team!

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