Roger Pryor retired in November 2012 as a School Education Director (SED) with the NSW Department of Education and Communities, based in Newcastle in the Hunter Central Coast Region.
Within this role Roger had oversight of 30 schools and a range of regional portfolio responsibilities including Professional Learning and Leadership Development; and Innovative Practice.
Prior to this, Roger was a primary school Principal in 5 different schools for 16 years and was then successful in gaining a position as a deployed Principal within the NSW School Leadership Development Unit and then as the Website Manager, Secretary, and later full-time President, of the NSW Primary Principals’ Association.
Roger initially trained as a Secondary English/History teacher and has worked in a variety of roles including Teacher-in-Charge in a Juvenile Justice school, Program Director in a Sport and Recreation Centre and as Co-Ordinator, Education and the Arts, for the Department’s Hyde Park program in the 1982 Festival of Sydney.
In Newcastle, Roger has been a Board member for the Tantrum Theatre Company, website manager for the Newcastle New Institute and a founding member of the New Lunaticks, a group of social media advocates and connectors. In addition, Roger has been involved as a committee member for Hunter DiGit and as a Board Member for the Hunter Wetlands Centre. In 2016, Roger became a member of the committee for the Newcastle University of the Third Age.
In addition, Roger has worked as a solo guitar vocalist and as a member of duos and trios over many years entertaining on the club and pub circuit.
Roger has been a long time user of ICT within schools and life generally and is committed to the opportunities which can be created to engage students and to facilitate a range of other processes which are fundamental to quality educational delivery. Roger has presented to a wide variety of groups in NSW and elsewhere, including via webinar for ISTE, at the 2010 ACEC conference in Melbourne and as an invited keynote at the CEGSA conference 2010 in Adelaide. Roger has been consistent in the assertion that we need to move from ‘school planning’ to ‘planning school’ if we are to deliver education in optimum ways for our students. In late 2008, Roger created the HCCWEB2 space to provide an environment for a large number of school and other groups to collaborate online within a variety of COWs: Collaborative Online Workspaces
Roger was recognised in 2010 by the US based Capital Region Society for Technology in Education as an inaugural recipient of their Leadership and Vision Award and was an invited presenter at their Global Symposium held online in October 2010.
Randy Stall, conference chair for TIE Colorado wrote:
“Roger provided the keynote address at the 2011 TIE Colorado Conference. He was motivational, thought-inspiring, humorous and well received by our 750 attendees who commented that he was the best keynote we have had in many years. I highly recommend Roger.”
Roger has also held roles as the Hunter President, and President Elect of the NSW branch of the Australian College of Educators and was recognised as a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators in 2012.
In May 2012, Roger was a speaker at the K-12 Technology in Education National Congress at the Sydney Convention Centre and then presented at ISTE 2012 in San Diego and See, Share, Shape in Sydney, as well as co-organising ‘Splendour in the Class,’ a festival of ideas in Newcastle.
In January 2013 Roger presented at BETT2013 in London, then travelled to Canada to present at Connect 2013 before speaking at EduTECH in Brisbane. This was followed by a presentation at the inaugural DIG Festival in Newcastle in October 2013.
In 2014 and 2015 Roger held a role as a Student Advocate in the Office of the Dean of Students at the University of Newcastle before finally retiring at the end of 2015.
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