Connect Learning

Professional Learning for school leaders, teachers and parents

Achieving effective, sustainable partnerships in education through improving capacity for relationships, communication and engagement in learning.

Practically Learning has developed three unique learning packages to assist schools to develop authentic partnerships with parents. Connect, Engage and Inspire Learning has been designed to provide guidance for a consistent, strategic, whole school approach to developing relationships with families, to engage parents in learning and to inspire authentic partnerships that have a positive impact on student learning.

Our three phase process takes you through the journey towards a sustainable approach to family-school partnerships which we link with your Annual Action and Improvement Plan and the AITSL standards. The training provided for teachers is able to be applied to registration requirements as it includes a certificate of attendance and opportunities for reflection on learning during the sessions.

As you journey towards building sustainable and authentic partnerships, Connect Learning provides school leaders, teachers and families the opportunity to build trusted relationships and improve communication. Positive relationships in schools assist in the development of a community of educators who are ready and capable of engaging parents in the learning journey alongside their children. Positive parent-teacher relationships impact student learning and the ability for parents to provide further support for learning at home.

Connect Learning Workshops - Leaders

Shifting culture to embrace family-school connections

Building authentic partnerships in education through communication, engagement and cultural change.

This workshop has been specifically designed to assist you to develop more effective relationships with parents to enable engagement in learning and authentic partnerships to thrive. During this workshop you will:

• Build understanding of why stronger connections with parents in schools contributes to improved learning and wellbeing for children: related to AITSL standards, Annual Action Plans, academic research findings, investigating data and exploring current practices in your school to identify opportunities for improvement.

• Learn new strategies to connect with parents to enable engagement and change the way we see each other in our roles in guiding and supporting children on their learning journey.

• Develop awareness of strategies to build stronger connections with families, improved communication and opportunities to build positive relationships with parents to benefit student learning and wellbeing.

• Create an achievable plan to guide your school community to build stronger connections with families to enable engagement.

The workshops include group discussion, workbooks, planning tools and interactive activities to build capacity of your staff to engage effectively and improve relationships and learning for children at your school.

Workshops can run over 3 x 2 hour sessions or as a full day professional learning workshop.

We recommend you complete our parent-school connection checklist first to learn more about where you are placed on the parent-school partnerships journey.

Connect Learning Workshops - Teachers

Strengthening parent-teacher connection; Practical tools for teachers to walk alongside parents

• Build understanding of why stronger connections with parents in schools contributes to improved learning outcomes for children: delivering academic research findings, investigating data and current practices, and feedback from whole school workshop to identify areas for improvement. Related to AITSL standards, Annual Action or Improvement Plans

• Develop awareness of strategies to build stronger connections with families and improved communication

• Develop an achievable plan for guiding teachers to build connection with families, to explore parent knowledge and how to integrate into teaching practice in getting to know students.

The workshops include group discussion, workbooks, planning tools and interactive activities to build capacity of your staff to engage effectively and improve relationships and learning for children at your school.

Workshops can run over 3 x 3 hour sessions or as a full day professional learning workshop.

We recommend you complete our parent-school connection checklist first to learn more about where you are placed on the parent-school partnerships journey.

Connect Learning Workshops - Teachers and Parents

Community Conversation exploring the relationships between teachers, parents and their children

This 90 minute community conversation style workshop focuses on building initial awareness of the unique role teachers and parents have in guiding and supporting children on their learning journey. This session explores the unique knowledge that we can each share and provides opportunity for teachers to get to know parents and their expectations for their child's education journey.

We explore the importance of involvement and engagement and how we can work towards an authentic partnership approach to children's learning.

A unique opportunity for parents and teachers to get to know each other and learn together in class groups. Community conversations provide opportunity for teachers to engage in dialogue and conversation with parents to build trust and understand each perspective in building awareness of their shared responsibility in guiding and supporting children.

We recommend you complete our parent-school connection checklist first to learn more about where you are placed on the parent-school partnerships journey.