• Title: Good Morning, Mr Sarra: My life working for a stronger, smarter future for our children
  • Author: Chris Sarra
  • ISBN: 9780702238888
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • Good Morning Mr Sarra My life working for a stronger smarter future for our children Chris Sarra is best known nationally as the school principal who turned around the toxic culture and poor attendance rates at Cherbourg State School in Queensland Slowly Sarra s Strong and Smart visi
    Chris Sarra is best known nationally as the school principal who turned around the toxic culture and poor attendance rates at Cherbourg State School in Queensland Slowly, Sarra s Strong and Smart vision lifted community expectations and transformed Cherbourg into a school with below average rates of truancy, growth in student numbers and low levels of vandalism Under CChris Sarra is best known nationally as the school principal who turned around the toxic culture and poor attendance rates at Cherbourg State School in Queensland Slowly, Sarra s Strong and Smart vision lifted community expectations and transformed Cherbourg into a school with below average rates of truancy, growth in student numbers and low levels of vandalism Under Chris leadership the school became nationally acclaimed for its pursuit of the Strong and Smart philosophy and Chris work there was featured on ABC s Australian Story 2004 In November 2009 he was named Queensland s Australian of the Year.Good Morning, Mr Sarra is the story of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, life behind this vision From his childhood as one of ten children in a country town, to the galvanising of his educational philosophy at university, to its support at a national level Now with his Stronger Smarter Institute, Chris Sarra is pursuing and achieving improved outcomes in literary, numeracy and attendance for Indigenous children across the country By providing leadership and education to a new generation of Aboriginal students,he is offering them the means to determine their own futures.

    One Reply to “Good Morning, Mr Sarra: My life working for a stronger, smarter future for our children”

    1. In Good Morning, Mr Sarra, Dr Chris Sarra is refreshingly honest in his reflections of his life and work, including the controversies that have dogged him over the years. His unwavering optimism and his unfaltering passion and enthusiasm for Indigenous education, overcoming negative perceptions of Indigenous students, and the need for high expectations in schools (oh, and rugby league) is undeniable and contagious. Where others see only problems, he sees solutions.

    2. I'd only vaguely heard of Chris Sarra- which is quite shameful given I live in Queensland the same state in which he has really made a name for himself - and so it was with curiousity that I began reading his autobiography/memoir Good Morning, Mr Sarra: My life working for a stronger, smarter future for our children. Chris takes his readers on a journey through his life as an indigenous boy growing up in Bundaberg as the youngest of ten children. He primarily writes of his educational and profes [...]

    3. Good Morning Mr Sarra is the memoir of Dr Chris Sarra, the man behind the Stronger Smarter Institute (among many other things). I am a huge fan of Sarra's work, and of his strengths-based approach to education which sets the bar of high expectations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. For anyone interested in education, this is a great book. But for people who love non-fiction it's also a great story. Sarra has a wonderful, easygoing style of writing, almost like he's in the room [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this. It gave me insight into how the Stronger Smarter Institute evolved and the battles that those who choose to make a difference might necessarily fight. Not everyone thinks the same way about how educational reform can be achieved, but if an educator can get kids to come to school, involve the wider community in the school, and help kids feel better about themselves each morning, they must be doing something right. Loved all the background about growing up with two cultures [...]

    5. Whilst prima facie an autobiography and a book about improving outcomes in indigenous education, this is also a book about leadership and innovation. A applaud Dr Chris Sarra for his commitment, passion, resilience and altruism to improve the outcomes for society as a whole and particularly indigenous students.

    6. Sarra sweeps you up in this fascinating yarn of his life and achievements - the orderly wildness of his childhood in Bundaberg, the subtle low expectations for him as a bright school student, the way he turned the tide for himself - and then his amazing work in Cherbourg. What a brilliant guy - and he can write, too!

    7. Inspiring, thought-provoking - a good challenge for all educators of all kinds of kids. Sarra has a natural & easy-to-read style, but some very important things to say about the way our expectations of students, particularly Indigenous kids, has the potential to make or break patterns that affect their future.

    8. I thought this was a great read. It is written in a very conversational style about an indigenous school teacher/academic who dares to dream that indigenous students can have the same educational outcomes as other Australians. I found it insightful and inspiring.

    9. This is about an insprirational teacher who turned a bad school around In Queensland, Australia. He taught the native children to get a good education and be the new leaders of the country.

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