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Challenges of Leadership for Public Educators
by
Dr Paul Brock AM

Dr Paul Brock is the Director of Learning and Development Research in the Office of the Director-General, NSW Department of Education and Training and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. Dr Brock is also an Honorary Research Fellow, University of New England; Honorary Associate, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney. Dr Brock is a Vice Patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, NSW.

An educator for four decades, he was a secondary school English / History classroom teacher for 14 years; an academic for 11 years; an Adviser to the Hawke and Keating Governments in Canberra for 6 years; and he has been a Senior Executive in the Department of Education and Training since 1996.

Dr Paul Brock AM

Dr Paul Brock AM

Dr Brock’s more than 120 publications include books, monographs, chapters in books, refereed journal articles, and poetry. He has also delivered over 130 academic and professional papers to international and Australian conferences and forums. In September 2004 ABC Books published his autobiography, A Passion for Life.

In 2006 the Minister for Education and Training awarded him the Meritorious Service Award and Medal for service to public education in NSW. In the same year he was presented with the Professional Teachers’ Council of NSW Exceptional Service Award. In 2006 Dr Brock was also inducted as a General Member into the Order of Australia “for service to public education, particularly as an adviser and author in the areas of strategic policy development, to maintaining high standards of teaching and professionalism, and to people with Motor Neurone Disease”.

Email:

paul.brock@det.nsw.edu.au

Website:

www.det.nsw.edu.au/proflearn

Challenges of Leadership for Public Educators

This Address explores a number of challenges facing public educators at all levels of leadership as we strive to develop the knowledge, skills, talents, and values of every single student and, as public educators, strive to make our contribution to the flourishing of our democratic Australian society. It argues that educational leadership goes beyond the mere basics, the mere necessities, to the truly fundamental values we espouse as public educators. The Address provides some examples of exemplary school leaders. It concludes by telling the story of a remarkable 19th century NSW school Principal whose life so powerfully enacted the values we still profess today, and who serves as a model to all public educators in 2008, 119 years after her appointment to the Silverdale Primary school (which opened in 1872 and closed in 1968).

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