Lets Work Together
Straight from Parents Victoria's conference, Thursday October 13 the PV Executive team attended the Australian Principal's Federation (APF) dinner for a very special launch.
Professor Bill Lucas, Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning and Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester and International Adviser, Mitchell Institute,
launched the resource for Principals and Parents called Lets Work Together .
As the resource explains:
"An engaged school community is the best marketing tool any school can have."
The resource contains ideas that have worked successfully in many different school communities and have sown the seeds for friendships and positive relationships within which such explosive events might never occur.
The APF and PV have contributed to this material and welcome further ideas at any time, so that this becomes a repository for best practice into the future.
We welcome feedback and look forward to future projects with the APF going forward.
Parents Victoria Conference 2016
Parents Victoria's Annual Conference was a huge success. We had lots to celebrate and lots of news to share with our Victorian Government School parents.
Conference special edition of Parents Voice e-news coming!
A big thanks to delegates and conference presenters for your part in Parents Victoria's ......
"What's Great in the Education State"
2016 Annual Conference
October 12 & 13
Pullman - Melbourne on the Park Hotel
(192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne)
Conference Program included
It was great to have Professor Bill Lucas at Parents Victoria's conference this week.
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.
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 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).