Changing the tide of low expectationsfor Aboriginal and Torres StraitIslander studentsMATSITI 2012 National ConferenceDr C...
Rhetoric versus Reality
What is the rhetoric ?We are committed to providing quality education outcomes forall children!
What is the reality ?We are committed to providing quality education outcomes forall children!        … unless they’re bla...
The Stronger Smarter Philosophy  The Stronger Smarter philosophy honours a positive  sense of cultural identity, acknowled...
The Stronger Smarter Meta Strategies•    Acknowledging, embracing and developing a positive     sense of identity in schoo...
Acknowledging, embracing and developing apositive sense of identity in schools;How well do we as teachers, school leaders,...
Perceptions of Aboriginal peopleAlcoholics, Drunks, Heavy DrinkersBoongs, Coons, Niggers, Black bastards, Gins, DarkiesGot...
Perceptions of Aboriginal studentsLazy              Underachievers         Shy         Dirty                              ...
Strong and Smart Student IdentityCome to school every dayWork hard in the classroomBe nice to the teacherBe nice to other ...
Acknowledging and embracing Indigenousleadership in schools and school communitiesUnderstanding what type of Indigenous Le...
High expectations’ leadership to ensure ‘highexpectations’ classrooms, with ‘highexpectations’ teacher/student relationshi...
You get to ask yourself 4 questions...Do I ensure my rhetoric as an educator matches my reality?As a teacher do I collude ...
www.strongersmarter.qut.edu.auwww.twitter.com/chrissarrawww.wordpress.com/chrissarrawww.facebook.com/strongersmarter
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Changing the tide of low expectations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Dr Chris Sarra, Stronger Smarter Institute

Presentation at Yamaiyamarna Paitya | Teachers are deadly! 2012 national MATSITI conference, July 9-11, Tarndanya (Adelaide), 9-11 July.
More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative.

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  1. 1. Changing the tide of low expectationsfor Aboriginal and Torres StraitIslander studentsMATSITI 2012 National ConferenceDr Chris Sarra www.strongersmarter.qut.edu.au www.twitter.com/chrissarra www.wordpress.com/chrissarra
  2. 2. Rhetoric versus Reality
  3. 3. What is the rhetoric ?We are committed to providing quality education outcomes forall children!
  4. 4. What is the reality ?We are committed to providing quality education outcomes forall children! … unless they’re black!What does this mean for you as an Aboriginal or Torres StraitIslander teacher?
  5. 5. The Stronger Smarter Philosophy The Stronger Smarter philosophy honours a positive sense of cultural identity, acknowledges and embraces positive community leadership, enabling innovative and dynamic approaches and processes that are anchored by high expectations relationships. High expectations relationships honour the humanity of others, and in so doing, acknowledge one’s strengths, capacity and human right to emancipatory opportunity.
  6. 6. The Stronger Smarter Meta Strategies• Acknowledging, embracing and developing a positive sense of identity in schools;• Acknowledging and embracing Indigenous leadership in schools and school communities;• Innovative and dynamic school models in complex social and cultural contexts;• Innovative and dynamic school staffing models in complex social and cultural contexts;• ‘High expectations’ leadership to ensure ‘high expectations’ classrooms, with ‘high expectations’ teacher/student relationships.
  7. 7. Acknowledging, embracing and developing apositive sense of identity in schools;How well do we as teachers, school leaders, policy makers understandIndigenous Identity?Which Indigenous Student Identity do our Schools collude with?What does this mean for you as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanderteacher?
  8. 8. Perceptions of Aboriginal peopleAlcoholics, Drunks, Heavy DrinkersBoongs, Coons, Niggers, Black bastards, Gins, DarkiesGot it good, privileged, well kept by GovernmentLazy, Wont workWelfare Dependant, Dole Bludgers, Handout syndromeAggressive, Violent, Troublemakers, Disrespectful
  9. 9. Perceptions of Aboriginal studentsLazy Underachievers Shy Dirty DisobedientAggressive High Absenteeism Cheeky Defiant ArtisticSporty Family Oriented Poor Health
  10. 10. Strong and Smart Student IdentityCome to school every dayWork hard in the classroomBe nice to the teacherBe nice to other childrenWork togetherBe proud to be AboriginalStand up for yourself
  11. 11. Acknowledging and embracing Indigenousleadership in schools and school communitiesUnderstanding what type of Indigenous Leadership to embrace• Being the Victim• Booting the Victim• Beyond the VictimExponential returns in classrooms/schools/communitiesWhat does this mean for you as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanderteacher?
  12. 12. High expectations’ leadership to ensure ‘highexpectations’ classrooms, with ‘highexpectations’ teacher/student relationshipsRelationship Accountabilities - Supporting - Developing - Monitoring - Challenging - Intervening
  13. 13. You get to ask yourself 4 questions...Do I ensure my rhetoric as an educator matches my reality?As a teacher do I collude with a negative stereotype or a Stronger Smarter student identity?Do I truly believe I can make a difference?Do I make this personal?Well.... Do ya?
  14. 14. www.strongersmarter.qut.edu.auwww.twitter.com/chrissarrawww.wordpress.com/chrissarrawww.facebook.com/strongersmarter

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