Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

  1. 23 March 2017

    Parents need to get involved to improve a child's educational outcomes

    Dr Lisa O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family, shares her experiences on why parents need to get involved to improve a child's educational outcomes.

  2. 15 February 2017

    How to Assess Family Engagement Using Data, Not Intuition

    Ms. Jenni Brasington, one of our international keynote speakers at the upcoming Parent Engagement Conference shares her expertise in how to assess family engagement.

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  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. 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. 

  7. 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!

  8. 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. 

  9. 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. 

  10. 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.

  11. 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. 

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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