Barbara Barker, Research Manager ARACY
Rachel is a key influencer in the work of the Parent Engagement Project at the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). With her expansive knowledge of parenting, learning, and connecting, as well as her experience of school systems from the inside and out, Rachel has much to offer those of us trying to build a shared understanding of family engagement, why it matters and what works to encourage it. Rachel delivered a terrific presentation at the 2017 Parent Engagement Conference and more recently presented a lunchtime webinar on her wonderful book, Staying Connected - Guiding and supporting children on their learning journey, to an audience of ARACY’s members nationwide. Rachel’s approach is professional and down to earth, and we look forward to working with her again in the future.
Gavan O'Donnell, St Joseph's Chelsea
“The Parent Engagement Action Team has enabled our parents, teachers and leaders to collaborate and share in the development of ideas for the benefit of the whole school community.”
Greg Woolford Cluster Engagement Leader, Melbourne
“Throughout the times I have worked with Rachel I have found she has both challenged and extended my thinking and others. She has consistently shown a knowledge and skillset that reflect her experience and learnings as an educator.”
Phillip Smith St. Mary’s Primary School, Whittlesea
“Rachel’s great strength is her ability to get to the heart of what the client is trying to achieve and then to have a real affinity with the organisation and its goals. In my experience she is extremely intuitive and professional in her work.”