Melbourne Pullman Hotel - June 6 - 8 , 2017
The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and The Smith Family are proud to present the Parent Engagement Conference Australia, to be held on 6-8 June 2017 in Albert Park, Melbourne..
Supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, the conference will bring research, policy and practice together to advance discussion about the importance of parent engagement to maximise every child’s learning potential. A key focus will be on ways to increase the effectiveness of parent engagement strategies through relationships, and through capacity building.
What is Parent Engagement?
Parent engagement involves all people in the life of a child or young person working together to create a stimulating and supportive environment for their learning and development.
For parents and families this means taking opportunities in the everyday interactions they have with their children to promote and support learning, and to connect learning at school, in the home and in the community. For schools it includes looking at ways to work in partnership with families, helping to build their capacity for effective parent engagement.
Why does it matter?
A large body of research supports the value of parent engagement from birth and throughout the school years. Parent engagement affects what children achieve, how they experience school, and assists in the transition to school and into post-secondary education.
Parent engagement has also been shown to reduce the impact of socio-economic disadvantage on educational outcomes. This means that families have an important role to play in helping their children to become confident and motivated learners, regardless of their occupation, education, or income.