How We Connect

Connect with your learning community
Engage in learning
Inspire effective family-school partnerships for sustainability

Creating positive learning environments for children to thrive – both at school and home.

Practically Learning is at the forefront of culture change in educational communities.
We strive to bridge the gap between school and home through assisting schools and parents in understanding and developing parent engagement in education to achieve genuine family-school partnerships.

Our work draws on research, both locally and internationally, using elements of the Dual Capacity Framework and the work of several renowned researchers we have met and learned from personally, including Dr. Karen Mapp, Dr Debbie Pushor, Dr Joni Samples, Maggie Farrar along with Dr Joyce Epstein, Alma Harris and Anne Henderson and the philosophy of global design thinking organisation, IDEO.

Practically Learning aims to assist schools to avoid difficult relationships with parents by providing the tools to create positive relationships and improve communication between parents, educators, and school leaders.

The greatest advantage in developing positive relationships is for children to feel supported by all those around them and to embrace a love of learning to achieve their greatest potential.

Connect Learning

Connect Through this phase we focus on the unique relationships and roles of teachers and parents in schools, how to improve communication and build an inclusive culture leading to trusted relationships and improved social capital.

Engage Learning

Engage Through this phase we focus on building capacity of both teachers and leaders to engage parents in learning activities that have an impact on student learning, engagement and wellbeing.

Inspire Learning

Inspire Through this phase we focus on our unique PARTNERS formula for developing whole school culture to achieve sustainable partnerships. This is a unique mentor program to support you in building an action team of parents, teachers and school leaders to work together to build a sustainable and strategic plan to continue to create the continuum of connecting, engaging and inspiring authentic partnerships in learning as a whole school community.

We draw on our experience in design and education using Design Thinking and proven research to facilitate fun and interactive workshops that guide and educational leaders, teachers and parents to discover new and exciting ways to connect, engage and inspire authentic partnerships. We guide you to develop a roadmap for planning and developing creative and relevant strategies for connecting with parents, engaging parents in learning as well as explore how you can develop sustainable and effective practices and achieve results for your teachers and students.

We achieve this through:

Research and strategic planning

Workshops and presentations in schools and education conferences

Coaching and mentoring teachers and leadership teams

• Parent Engagement Action Team Mentor Program

• Parent Workshops

Consulting on specific strategies and ideas for parent engagement in learning



Our work inspires people in all stages of education and parenthood to create stronger connections with each other so that they are better equipped and empowered to support children throughout their learning journey.

Here’s what some of our clients say about working with us:

“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 it’s goals. In my experience she is extremely intuitive and professional in her work.”
Phillip Smith, Primary Principal

“Rachel has the capacity to explicitly determine the goals of the client and understand the community, and then put together an exciting strategy that positions the organisation to understand and meet that community’s needs.”
Martin Prior (Cluster Engagement Leader)

“Rachel has provided our school community with excellent service in areas related to parent-school partnerships and staff professional development.
The information and deep insight into our school has enabled us to understand our vision and how to achieve it”

Chris Walsh, Primary Principal

“Rachel is very calm and methodical. Rachel provides a framework which creates an environment where participation of parents and teachers can happen.”
Gavan O’Donnell, Primary Principal

“There’s always so much to talk about at our sessions. With Rachel’s guidance we’re able to break off into groups and discuss things, then come back and share and value what we have to offer in a framework that Rachel provides.”
Melissa (Parent Engagement Action Team)

Working with Rachel has been fantastic because she is both a professional and a parent who has provided me with multiple insights on how family partnerships works and she has opened my mind to the possibilities.
Paul O’Donoghue (Teacher)