Category Archives: Schools

A school excursion to an Apple Store! Is that OK?

  Hmm, that’s an evil plan! Year 5 at our daughter’s primary school is about to have an excursion to an Apple Store to learn how to use an app.  This is not the type of excursion we would choose for … Continue reading

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6 keys to community engagement in schools

When I read the definition of community engagement in Community & family engagement: Principals share what works (Berg, Melaville, & Blank, 2006), I was confident it would be an interesting report. Community engagement is a two-way street where the school, … Continue reading

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Community engagement in NSW schools

There is clearly an increasing emphasis on community engagement in NSW public schools. In December 2008, State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers of Education signed the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. In the Declaration they recognised that: Parents, … Continue reading

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A World Cafe in a school – a step-by-step description

World Café’s are interactive, inclusive group processes that encourage conversation-like discussion of things that matter. (It might help to read an overview of World Cafés available HERE.)  I recently facilitated a couple of sessions at my daughter’s school to help … Continue reading

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Parent engagement @ school

We had 19 parents at the P&C (Parents and Citizens Association) of my daughter’s primary school last week. We regularly get strong attendance (there are a few things I used to do when I was President to try to encourage … Continue reading

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Engaging families and the local community – notes

On Friday I facilitated a workshop on engaging families and the local community for teachers as part of a Teachers’ Visit Day at Newcastle Uni. (Here’s the PowerPoint I used which includes some useful resources). There were only 12 of … Continue reading

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Schools engaging families and the local community

Today I’m facilitating a workshop on engaging families and the local community for teachers at a Teacher Visit Day run by The University of Newcastle. Here’s the PowerPoint I’m using. I’ll share what comes out of it early next week. … Continue reading

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10 Ways to build school-community partnerships

Here is a video by the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems with 10 ways to build school-community partnerships. Their 10 suggestions are: Give young people a voice Plan for effective collaboration Develop a shared vision Establish clear roles and responsibilities … Continue reading

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Building relationship between caravan park (trailer park) residents and school

An article originally published in the Boys in School Bulletin (2009). This article is about engaging students (boy and girls) and their families from a marginalised section of the community.  Caravan parks are similar to Trailer Parks in North America. … Continue reading

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Making parents feel welcome in schools

12 things that would make me feel parents are welcome at a primary school (some of which have happened at my daughters’ school and some at other schools I’ve seen): Consistent messages in the newsletter that the school values the … Continue reading

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