Tag Archives: Family-school partnerships

Parent engagement – not just about schools

I’m preparing to submit an abstract to the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth’s conference on Parent Engagement. When I did a Google search for the term “parent engagement” I am surprised by what I found: All but 4 … Continue reading

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What works in connecting families, communities and schools?

What works in strengthening connections between families, communities and schools? This is the subject of a report by the J R McKenzie Trust, “Connecting Education and Communities.” The J R McKenzie Trust, a New Zealand charitable trust, currently focuses on … Continue reading

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A few reflections after 10 years of primary school

Yesterday Alexa finished Year 6, marking the end of our 10 years at the primary school since Jasmine started in 2006. Both girls received a top class education, and have grown as individuals through their time at the school. We … Continue reading

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Reflections on the 150th anniversary of Lambton Public School

Lambton Public School just celebrated its 150th anniversary (which makes it a fairly old school for Australia) with a range of community events. On Friday there was a parade down the main street and it was wonderful seeing all the … Continue reading

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Learning vs school education

Engaging children in their school is not the same as engaging children in learning. I’m a huge fan of families being engaged with schools but we also need to recognise that families can engage their children in learning in many … Continue reading

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Teachers phoning parents

Imagine the difference to school-family relationships if teachers made a phone call to all families at least once a year, not when there were problems, but just to help build connections. I first heard this idea a number of years … Continue reading

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Community engagement in turning around schools

Earlier this year, the Grattan Institute released a report “Turning around schools: it can be done” (Jensen & Sonnemann, 2014). It explored how schools can transform from being a “low-performing’ school into a “high-performing” school. I suspected that engaging parents … Continue reading

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

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 our 10-year old daughter. The … 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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