Parramatta's Whitby wins smartest educator award

Parramatta diocesan Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby has been named by the Bulletin magazine as Australia's smartest and most innovative person working in education today.

According to Parramatta Catholic Education, Mr Whitby was selected from a shortlist of 10 finalists as the winner of the education category of the 2007 Bulletin Smart 100 list.

The winners were announced on Tuesday by Bulletin editor-in-chief, John Lehmann at a lunch in Sydney and are published in this week's edition of the magazine.

In a statement, Mr Whitby says he is extremely honoured by the win, adding that it was a tribute to all of the outstanding people he had worked with throughout his 33-year career.

"This award shines a spotlight on all the work going on in our schools today and the educators out there who are being creative, daring to be different, willing to experiment and eager to learn.

"The award is not about an individual person. It is the product of collaboration, cooperation and a shared determination to find the best ways for young people to learn today," he said.

Mr Whitby is well known for his vision and leadership in the fields of 21st century schooling and new technologies in education, according to the statement.

He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leadership.

"If our schools want to be relevant for kids, we need to enter the world they inhabit - the digital world," says Mr Whitby.

"This means we need to rethink the way our schools are built, the types of tools we use, how we go about teaching, and how we go about the whole learning process," he said.

In the statement, Mr Whitby said the key to successful 21st century schooling was engaging students in personalised learning.

Mr Whitby also said effective 21st century schooling required a nation-wide commitment to providing up-to-date technology and infrastructure, particularly a national broadband network.

"This award reaffirms that we are on the right track in our Catholic schools in the Parramatta Diocese," he concluded.

Parramatta Catholic Education Media Release, 19/6/07)
Bulletin Smart 100, Education (The Bulletin, 20/6/07)

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