Independent Panel for School Dispute Resolution
"Parents Victoria is pleased that, after 11 years of working towards an independent complaints mechanism, Victorian government school parents now have such a service available to them," said Gail McHardy, Parents Victoria Executive Officer.
Parents Victoria Conference 2016
"What's Great in the Education State"
Parents Victoria Conference
October 12 & 13
Pullman - Melbourne on the Park Hotel
(192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne)
Add this to your calendar .... Annual Conference and 90th Birthday celebration
Your school should fund your attendance ... but if not ... contact the Parents Victoria Office
Conference Program includes
Capable parents, capable teachers, capable children: rethinking the relationship between teachers and parents and the role of schools today
Bill Lucas, Keynote Speaker
Professor Bill Lucas is an international adviser to the Mitchell Institute. Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning (CRL) at the University of Winchester, Bill is internationally regarded for his expertise and research in rethinking the purposes of schooling, parental engagement and pedagogy.
Most recently Bill's research into the assessment of creativity in schools has led to the development of an acclaimed five-dimensional model and field trials of it in schools in England which was published by OECD as an influential Working Paper. This work is now being used as the basis of an international scaling up prototype in eight countries including China, USA, England and Finland.
Bill has authored and co-authored over 40 books, and is known internationally as a speaker. In addition to his work with CRL, Bill is the co-creator of one of the biggest teacher researcher groups in the world: the Expansive Education Network.
While CEO of the UK's Campaign for Learning, he created a number of initiatives to develop family learning and has subsequently brought together the research into parental engagement in "Engaging parents: why and how". His recent book, written with Guy Claxton, "Educating Ruby: what our children really need to learn", asks challenging questions about the kinds of capabilities schools should be cultivating, suggesting new ways of working for teachers and parents.
'Parents as Partners' interactive seminar No. 1
Twilight Seminar series
Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, presented at Seminar Number 1 - "Parents as Partners"
School Council Training
For an overview of the School Council Training in Governance, President Induction, Strategic Planning, Finance read more in the School Council Training Brochure .
Synergistiq is running the Governance and President training for school councillors and principals around Victoria. The training is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of councillor roles and to improve the smooth running of council meetings. Synergistiq inform that participants have told them the training has benefitted their councils enormously. To book yourself and/or fellow councillors in for training at a range of locations around Victoria visit the Synergistiq councillor training website information.
Synergistiq is planning more events during Term 4 2015 and Term 1 2016, especially for President training. Participants have apparently commented training sessions that involve multiple schools tend to offer a greater depth of conversation and experience. Synergistiq are keen to hear from presidents or principals in the following areas who would like to host a President and/or Governance event at their schools:
Thornbury, Greensborough, Kew, Oakleigh, Boronia, Williamstown, St Albans, Melton, Laverton, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Hamilton, Noble Park, Moorabbin, Narre Warren, Leongatha, Morwell, Sale, Bairnsdale.
For sessions on Strategic Planning, Finance please contact National Curriculum Services (NCS).