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 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.

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

Workshops - Teachers and Parents

Are you struggling to engage some parents in your school?
The best time to support parents in understanding their role in their child’s education is during transition to prep or foundation.

We know through 5 decades of research, when parents are more engaged in their child’s learning, children’s behaviour, sense of wellbeing and belonging in their community as well as their attitudes and motivation for learning are all impacted.

During this fun, interactive workshop together we explore:

• the difference between involvement and engagement for parents and schools and the benefits of both.

• where learning happens and how parents contribute to the growth and development of children and their learning.

• how parents can work in partnership with teachers in supporting children at home.

• simple and practical tips for parents and teachers in providing opportunity conditions for enhanced learning at home.

At the completion of the workshop participants will leave with practical ideas and a clear understanding of what their role
is in supporting children and families to engage
in learning.

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: 90 minutes

Value: $770.00 for single school (delivered at school venue).

Cluster school bookings are available on request. Travel fees apply if booking outside of metropolitan Melbourne

Dates are filling fast! Book early for 2020 by clicking here. Early bird booking before the end of January 2020 receive a signed copy of Staying Connected by Rachel Saliba for your school's parent library.

Click here to download the flyer for further information.

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