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Events


Sep
2
12:00 PM12:00

APVChat: Supporting your children's learning.

Supporting your child’s learning at home can be fraught with tension when the focus is just on getting the work done. Strategies that support time management, purpose and deeper learning can benefit your child in the long run. Read our blog for more detail on strategies that work How can parents support their children’s learning?

Here are the questions that will guide our conversation:

  1. What is your child’s attitude towards homework and/or study? Do they value it? Do they see the relevance of it?

  2. What routines do you have at home to support your child’s learning? What evidence do you see of your child taking ownership and being more strategic with their own learning?

  3. How do you respond if your child refuses to do homework that ‘doesn’t count’?

  4. What causes the greatest stress in your household in relation to homework/study? How do you respond to this?

  5. How does your school support you/your child to continue their learning at home? How would you respond if your school invited you to co-plan with the teacher/s?

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APVChat: Bullying v Bad Behaviour
Aug
5
12:00 PM12:00

APVChat: Bullying v Bad Behaviour

Our August #APVChat will explore ways parents and schools can support children/young people to manage conflict and develop good relational skills.

Take a look in advance at the questions we will be asking and don’t forget to read our latest journal by guest blogger Andrew Oberthur

Q1. How does your child/young person let you know if they have experienced conflict at school?

Q2. As a parent how have you supported your child to deal with conflict at school?

Q3. How does your school communicate with you about a conflict that has occured?

Q4. How does your school support your child to deal with conflict?

Q5. How do we achieve partnership between home and school to develop your child’s skills in managing conflict?

Q6. What else would you like to see happen to support your child/young person build good relational skills?

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APVChat: Preparing for Parent-Teacher Meetings
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

APVChat: Preparing for Parent-Teacher Meetings

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Join us on Twitter #APVChat 12 noon AEST

Share your experiences and insights of what makes great Parent-Teacher Meetings. Here are the questions that will guide our conversation:

Question 1: How do parent-teacher meetings happen at your school?

Question 2: Do you prepare for parent teacher meetings? What do you do?

Question 3: What parts of the parent-teacher meetings are useful and why?

Question 4: How involved is your child in the parent teacher meeting process?

Question 5: What would make parent-teacher meetings more valuable for you?


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APVChat: Collaborative Planning
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

APVChat: Collaborative Planning

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Join us on Twitter #APVChat 12 noon AEST

Share your experiences and insights of what makes for good collaboration with your school. Here are the questions that will guide our conversation. You may also want to listen to our podcast in which a parent shares her experiences of collaboration and the insights she has learnt along the way .

Q1. What does the term ‘collaboration’ mean to you?

Q2. How confident do you feel about your rights, as a parent, to be consulted in any planning for you child?

Q3. What do you feel confident to ask for from your school and why?

Q4. What are your unsure to ask for from your school and why?

Q5. Describe a situation when you were a part of genuine collaboration with your school. What was the impact for you and your child?

Q6. Choose one piece of advice shared today and describe how you will use this to enhance collaboration with your school.

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APVChat: Transitions: Re-engaging families at crucial points in the education journey
Apr
1
12:00 PM12:00

APVChat: Transitions: Re-engaging families at crucial points in the education journey

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Here are the questions that will guide our discussion:

  1. What are some of the effective ways your child’s school has engaged you at transition points?

  2. How can schools, families and the community connect better together to provide continuous transition processes?

  3. Which transition points have you experienced positively and where do you think more attention and support is required?

  4. As a parent do you feel well informed about your child moving from middle school to higher secondary, if not what information and support do you need?

  5. What knowledge and information do parents need to support their child at the important transition point of finishing school?

  6. What are some of the benefits you have experienced from transition practices at your school?

Looking forward to catching up with you 12 noon AEST #APVChat

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APVChat: Parent Hacks to Boost Regular School Attendance
Mar
4
12:00 PM12:00

APVChat: Parent Hacks to Boost Regular School Attendance

Join us on Twitter for our next #APVChat and share your #ParentHacks on boosting school attendance.

The following questions will guide our discussion:

  1. How is the requirement and benefit of regular school attendance communicated to students and parents in your child’s school?

  2. As a parent how do you set high expectations about school and communicate them to your child?

  3. What have you noticed about your child on the days when they want to go to school and the days when they don’t?

  4. What do you think is motivating your child to go to school on the ‘good days’?

  5. How can schools and parents work together to boost attendance?

Read  more about boosting school attendance in this month’s journal .

The first APVChat will be at 12 noon AEDT and we will repeat APVChat at 8pm AEDT


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APVChat: Communication Communication  Communication.
Feb
4
12:00 PM12:00

APVChat: Communication Communication Communication.

Join us on Twitter for our next #APVChat and get the most out of a fresh start to the school year with some practical communication tips.

The following questions will guide our discussion:

  1. What are some of the successful ways you have communicated with your school? Why do you think it worked?

  2. Do you have a preference for how you like to communicate with your school? Have you been able to tell your school about this? How did they respond?

  3. How do you use parent portals and social media to communicate with your school?

  4. What does parent leadership look like in your school and how can you benefit and contribute to that?

  5. How do you feel when you ask your school for information or action to be taken? How does your school react to those requests?

  6. How are you going to communicate with your school/teacher this year?

Read more about how you can communicate successfully with your school in this month’s blog.

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Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

APVChat: Preparing for launch: adventures in parenting post-school

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Join us for the next #APVChat on Twitter.

The following questions will guide our discussion:

  1. How are you preparing for your post-school future as a parent? What sort of support and advice has been offered through your child’s school?

  2. What sort of conversations have you been having about post-school planning? With whom?

  3. Who or what has been the most helpful in getting information to plan for post-school options? How?

  4. As a parent, what have you noticed about the way you are changing your thinking preparing for post school?

  5. How do you manage your hopes and dreams and still allow your child to explore and live theirs?


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Authentic Parent Voice Twitter Chat #APVChat: Successful Parent - Teacher- School-Staff Encounters
Nov
5
12:00 PM12:00

Authentic Parent Voice Twitter Chat #APVChat: Successful Parent - Teacher- School-Staff Encounters

Join us for our next #APVChat this Monday 12 noon AEDT.

The following questions will guide our discussion:

  1. As a parent, what are the issues you have raised in your formal or informal parent-teacher-school staff conversations?

  2. What are some of the ways you have approached your child’s school when issues have come up?

  3. Which approach was more impactful: formal or informal? How so?

  4. How have your formal and informal conversations been successful or otherwise?

  5. What would you do differently the next time?

#APVChat looking forward to catching up with you all!

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Certificate IV – Parent Family & Community Engagement (new enrolment intake)
Oct
8
4:30 PM16:30

Certificate IV – Parent Family & Community Engagement (new enrolment intake)

The Australian Parents Council and Lee Hecht Harrison are pleased to announce the launch of the first ever formal training qualification in parent, family and community engagement in Australia.

The new nationally recognised 10500NAT Certificate IV in Parent, Family and Community Engagement develops theoretical and practical expertise in parent engagement in schooling and learning, and enhanced skills in building positive relationships that encourage the best educational experience for children.

The qualification has been developed by the Australian Parents Council and training specialist Lee Hecht Harrison (RTO 21530), the only training organisation offering the qualification, and is accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority.

It fills a clear gap in training provision. Parents, family and community engagement is well recognised as helping children achieve their potential in education, but often receives minor attention in initial teacher education, and until now there has been no specific training in this challenging area.

The Certificate IV in Parent, Family and Community Engagement will be commencing on the 16th April and is suitable for people who are working or volunteering in school, early childhood, community and other settings to support children’s education and wellbeing. It generally takes 12 months to complete and is offered fully online or as blended online and face-to-face delivery.

For more information contact: David Williams, Business Manager
Email: admin@austparents.edu.au or Phone: 03 6334 8886.

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NSW Curriculum Review
Sep
3
to Nov 30

NSW Curriculum Review

Parents you are welcome to attend and participate. As a critical stakeholder in the education of your children there are a number of ways you can be involved!

The NSW Government wants to ensure our education system is preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

We want to hear from you on what you think the key issues are that the NSW Curriculum Review should address. Your feedback will be collated with other responses to identify themes which will inform draft recommendations for the review.

Consultation runs from 3 September to 30 November 2018.

Here are some questions that might be helpful to get you started. We want to keep the conversation as broad as possible so don’t be limited by these suggestions.

  • What should the purpose of schooling be in the 21st century?

  • What knowledge, skills and attributes should every student develop at school?

  • How could the curriculum better support every student’s learning?

  • What else needs to change?

View the Terms of Reference (PDF 30KB) for more information.

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Aug
23
10:00 AM10:00

VPC Parent, School and Community Engagement in Student Learning Workshop-Seminar

This is your invitation to an exclusive opportunity to meet and work with international parent engagement expert Debbie Pushor in a personal workshop setting, with strictly limited places (max. 30 attendees).

Debbie will be joined by some of our Australian parent engagement practitioners and additional speakers and panellists: Jacqui Van de Velde (Education Consultant), Caz Bosch (Chair, Parents Australia Inc.), Catherine Meynell-James (Stakeholder Manager, Department of Education & Training), Aynur Simsirel (Principal Advisor, Independent Schools Victoria) and Rachel Saliba (Executive Officer, Catholic School Parents Victoria).

This “one-day parent community engagement experience” is an opportunity not to be missed.

We invite teachers, parents with children of all ages, early learning educators, school liaison officers, community engagement officers and anyone interested and or working in the parent, school, community engagement space to this rich day of information and interaction.

A certificate of attendance is available on request for professional development and other purposes.

Please see try-booking for more information and contact me for any inquiry. https://www.trybooking.com/XFXA

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