Stronger Smarter Approach – Position Paper

Stronger Smarter Approach – position paper

The Stronger Smarter Approach articulates the practical elements of Dr 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 Metastrategies 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 Metastrategies, underlie the Stronger Smarter Approach:

  • Responsibility for change (professional accountability)
  • Taking a strength-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.