Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

  1. Dr Karen Mapp 16 December 2016

    Making the case for home-school partnership

    Parent Engagement Conference keynote speaker, Dr Karen Mapp, Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), shares her experiences and understanding of the importance of family and school partnerships in fostering students' learning.

  2. Susan Kilgour 11 November 2016

    A Day in the Life of a…School Principal

    Local Parent Engagement Champion, Susan Kilgour, Principal at Wulagi School in the Northern Territory shares her strategy is to listen for the ‘no’ and seek its wisdom…

  3. Mal Galbraith 11 November 2016

    A Day in the Life of a…Program Manager

    Local Parent Engagement Champion, Mal Galbraith, Manager of the Families and Schools Together program (FAST) in the Northern Territory shares his thoughts about the benefits of parent engagement…

  4. Associate Professor Gerry Redmond 11 November 2016

    How crucial are the middle years for child and youth development?

    Associate Professor Gerry Redmond from Flinders University writes about the importance of investment in the middle years. 

  5. Trevor Fletcher 3 November 2016

    The importance of parent engagement in the high school years

    This article examines the importance of parent engagement in both primary and secondary schools.

  6. Amanda Croker 27 October 2016

    See the Nest in Action in Queensland

    On 18 November, practitioners implementing ARACY's Outcomes Framework – The Nest – in Queensland will be showcasing how it has contributed to their capacity to measure the outcomes of their work. Learn how The Nest can assist you to achieve better outcomes for children, young people and their families. 

  7. Judi Gray 6 October 2016

    Transition to school – How can the transition process work for child

    This article examines how the transition to school process works for children and families from diverse backgrounds with limited English.

  8. Vivienne Cunningham-Smith 30 September 2016

    See The Nest in Action in Victoria

    On October 27th, practitioners implementing ARACY's Outcomes Framework - The Nest - in Victoria will be showcasing how it has contributed to their capacity to measure the outcomes of their work. Learn how The Nest can assist you to achieve better outcomes for children, young people and their families. 

  9. David Zarb 23 September 2016

    Playgroups, bug catchers and school readiness

    Does attending playgroup increase school readiness? This article examines the benefits of playgroups while focusing on preserving childhood innocence and the freedom to explore.

  10. Dr Rebecca Goodhue 19 September 2016

    A new mums view of ARACY

    This article provides an insight on what it is like working at ARACY and a personal view on ARACY's mission in promoting child health and wellbeing from a new Mum!

  11. Catherine Phillips 1 September 2016

    Parent engagement – An approach

    This article examines the challenges that face schools in developing effective parent engagement strategies. It describes The Smith Family's strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents in the Northern Territory that shows positive outcomes. 

  12. Jacynta Krakouer 25 August 2016

    Relationships are paramount: Indigenous children's transition

    This article examines the value of relationships in supporting transition to school and is based on Jacynta's “Literature Review relating to the current context and discourse surrounding Indigenous Early Childhood Education, School Readiness and Transition Programs to Primary School”.

  13. Dr Andi Salamon and Lyn Farrell 18 August 2016

    Working in integrated ways to support transitions to school

    This article outlines an integrated services perspective on transition to formal schooling. As an integrated service The Infants' Home provides transition to school programs for children and families experiencing complex support needs, as well as children and families from mainstream backgrounds. 

  14. Prof Greer Johnson 1 August 2016

    The role of NGO's in schools key to relationship building

    The findings from a recent research and development project encouraging disadvantaged, middle-school girls to persist and achieve at school, has confirmed that the presence of an NGO in a school can play a key role in building trusting relationships between school, families and communities.

  15. Donna Sirmais 29 July 2016

    A Day in the life of…a Community Partnerships Officer

    We profile one of our Local Parent Engagement Champions, Donna Sirmais. Donna is a Community Partnerships Officer at Cambridge Park Public School, in NSW.

  16. Jo Rann 29 July 2016

    Launching ‘Learning in Families Together’ (LIFT)

    For the last 10 years of my teaching career my work has revolved extensively around families. My roles as Being a Parent (BAP) Program Facilitator; Family Partnership Training Facilitator; Launching into Learning teacher; and Child and Family Centre based educator have developed my capacity to build relationships with families and support community organisations.

  17. Dr Debbie Pushor 29 July 2016

    Queensland’s Gentle Revolution in Parent Engagement

    What a privilege it was to be invited by the Federation of Parents & Friends Associations of Catholic Schools in Queensland to be keynote thought provoker at their 2016 Queensland Catholic Schools Parents Conference and then to travel throughout the State for the following two weeks to present to parents and educators in each diocese. 

  18. Dr Yasmin Harman-Smith 27 July 2016

    Transition to school

    Only six months ago, parents around the country experienced a raft of emotions associated with children starting school – some parents for the first time and others for the second, third or, courageously, forth, fifth or sixth time. I was among the hundreds of thousands of people taking a deep breath and holding it for what seemed like an eternity to hear all about the ‘first day’. 

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