National Symposium

Engaging Parents And Families In Learning And School

The Family-School & Community Partnership Bureau hosted the Engaging Parents and Families in Learning and School National Symposium on 11 – 12 May 2012 in Canberra.

The Symposium brought together educators, parents and researchers from Australia and the world to explore and progress parent/family engagement theory and practice.

The Symposium highlighted significant research findings and directions, together with evolving and innovative practice, and allowed centrally important and diverse stakeholders to interact with and learn from each other.

The symposium discussions will contribute to the evidence base to support future government policy development and identify new areas for action and collaboration.

Ms Hélène Grégoire from the Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada, was the keynote speaker and spoke on: “Engaging Parents, Families and Communities in Children’s Learning: A Perspective from Ontario.” Ms Grégoire provided examples, from Canada’s largest province, of policies and programs that support a range of family-school-community partnerships and shared some perspectives about their development and implementation. This input will help our two national peak parent bodies and other key stakeholders to shape policy ideas as the Australian Government takes its next steps in the education reform agenda.

The Family-School & Community Partnership Bureau was established in 2008 by the Australian Council of State School Organisations and the Australian Parents Council and is funded by the Australian Government. Its purpose is to share promising practice, conduct research and provide practical support and advice to parents, principals, teachers and other education stakeholders in the area of family engagement.

Feedback from Symposium participants was very positive. Where available, links to copies of presentation supporting material (PowerPoint or PDF) and videos of selected presentations are available on the Symposium program page.