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 stage process takes you through the journey towards a sustainable approach to family-school partnerships which we link with your Annual Action and School 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.

Connect Learning

Relationships are critical for whole school improvement!

Did you know perceptions can be the main cause preventing us from connecting?
We are hearing so many stories of relationship breakdown between parents and schools. Much of this is caused by misperceptions and not truly understanding our roles as partners in guiding and supporting children and their learning.

During our Connect Learning training workshops, we unpack relationships and communication to build your understanding of how to improve relationships in your school to avoid conflict. It is when we are able to break down perceptions and truly relate that we are able to achieve what each of us is aiming for – to support children’s learning and wellbeing.

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

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1. Enabling Connections

Shifting culture to enable and embrace family-school connections

This workshop has been specifically designed for leaders to build the capacity fo teachers 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 enabling teachers to connect with parents in schools contributes to improved learning and wellbeing for children
• Learn practical strategies to lead teachers in connecting with parents to enable engagement and change their perceptions of the parent role 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 a vision to guide your staff to build stronger connections with families to enable engagement.

This full day professional learning workshop provides opportunity to explore the various challenges you face as leaders in building the capacity of teachers to connect with parents.

Workshops include group discussion, workbooks, planning tools and interactive activities to build capacity of your leadership staff to lead teachers to engage effectively and improve relationships with families.

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

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Connect Learning Workshops – Teachers

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2. Strengthening Connections

Strengthening parent-teacher connection; Practical tools for teachers to walk alongside parents as partners in their child’s learning.

• We explore our unique PRECEDENT Formula to build understanding of why stronger connections with parents in schools contributes to improved learning outcomes for children. Related to AITSL standards, Annual Action or Improvement Plans.

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

• Develop an achievable plan based on our unique formula for guiding teachers to build connection with families, to explore parent knowledge and how to integrate family-school partnerships into teaching practice in getting to know students and how they learn.

The workshops include group discussion, workbooks, planning tools and interactive activities to develop the 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 family-school connection checklist first to learn more about where you are placed on the parent-school partnerships journey.

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Workshops – Teachers and Parents

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3. Building Connections

Planning for implementation and taking action

We understand that schools are very busy and teachers are time poor.
This is why it’s important to develop a plan for building connections that suits your school context.

During this workshop we provide opportunity conditions for a collaborative planning session to build the capacity of teachers and parents to strengthen relationships. 

We explore with you how you are currently connecting with families and where we can maximise time, effort and opportunities to build connections that are purposeful and meaningful to develop relationships that assist you to move to the next stage of engaging parents in learning.

• Exploring current practices, ideas and strategies to be included in Action Plans. Building an understanding of implementation process, observation and evaluation of progress.

• Implementation and evaluation of actions.

Who is this workshop for?

Ideal for school leaders, teachers and parents to understand the “how”
of parent engagement in learning.

This is the first step to connect with families, engage them in learning and inspire an authentic partnership approach to supporting children together through their education journey.

Workshop details

Duration: 2.5 hours

Dates are filling fast for our Connect Professional Learning!

Book early for a complimentary session to learn more about our 3 step process to connect parents and teachers and build authentic relationships, communication and trust in 2020 by clicking here.

Early bird booking before the end of Term 2 in 2020 receive a signed copy of Staying Connected by Rachel Saliba for your school’s parent library.

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

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