The 2010 APTA Awards were presented at the ACEL Conference Awards Ceremony on Thursday 30 September 2010 at the Sydney Convention Centre. The Awards were presented by Ms Dorothy Hoddinott.APTA would like to congratulate Dr Paul Brock AM:
Dr Paul Brock AM with Susan Gazis (left) and Dorothy Hoddinott (right).
Dr Paul Brock AMDr Brock has contributed to the teaching profession through significant, exemplary involvement in professional teaching associations at state, national and international levels. His strong and influential advocacy on behalf of Australian teachers and students has promoted teaching as a profession and has significantly shaped the work of teachers.
Dr Brock currently holds the position of 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. Honorary Research Fellow, University of New England; Honorary Associate in The Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Sydney; member of the Arts, English and Literacy Education (AELE) Research Network, and Vice Patron, Motor Neurone Disease Association NSW.
Dr Brock has led the profession as a teacher, an academic and a policy adviser to state and Federal governments for over forty years. From his time as Senior Lecturer in English at the University of New England, Dr Brock has researched and published extensively in the fields of English and teacher quality in education. 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. Dr Brock has a particular interest in the history of the secondary school English curriculum which was the subject of his PhD thesis. His most recent books include: Imagination, Innovation, Creativity: Revisioning English in Education (Phoenix Education, 2009), co-edited with Jacqueline Manuel, Don Carter and Wayne Sawyer; Reform and Resistance in NSW Public Education: Six Attempts at Major Reform 1905-1995 (Darlington Press, 2008) co-authored with John Hughes; and A Passion for Life (ABC Books, 2004).
Dr Brock has been heavily involved in the development of English curricula at both state and national levels. He continues to present at conferences where he is generally asked to deliver the keynote address as he did for the NSW English Teachers Association in 2006 and the Australian Association for the Teaching of English in 2007.
Dr Brock held office in the ETA in its earliest days and as a Life member he retains close contact with the association. He is also an elected Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, a recipient in 2002 of that College’s Wyndham Medal, a Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders and a Life Member of e:lit, (formerly the Primary English Teachers’ Association of Australia).
In 2006 the NSW 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”.