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Parents in Education Week – free parenting seminars

The Parents in Education (PiE) Week speaker program is a series of free parenting seminars presented by education experts. Each seminar is different, but they all focus on the importance of getting involved in your child’s learning from birth through school and provide practical advice about how to support your child’s education.

The speakers and panellists offer information and strategies relevant to parents, caregivers, and educators of children of all ages (0 to 18 years).

Watch the recordings

Parents in Education Week live seminars were held from 28 to 30 August 2018 with the focus theme 'Behaviours for learning: wellbeing for life'.

From the 10 September until 30 November 2018, recordings of these live seminars will be available to view on the department's YouTube channel

There are 2 ways to watch the recordings. You can watch the recordings on your personal device, or at some preschools, schools and community locations across the state who are showing group viewings of the seminars. 

Visit the eventArc page to see if there is a suitable venue and time for you by following the links below: 

If your preschool, school or community group would like to host a seminar viewing, and invite local parents and the community, visit the hosting a seminar page. You can register to host more than one viewing. There are support materials available to help you manage a local event.

More about the seminars

Seminar 1 – how to live positively in a digital world

Watch the video presentation on YouTube.

Download the transcript (DOC 230KB)

Linda Cranley and Genevieve Johnson provide loads of information, tips and ideas about the benefits and drawbacks of children’s technology use and how to balance screen time with learning and development.

Key themes

  • The benefits of digital learning versus how much is too much in a world where children’s technology use is increasing.
  • How increasing technology use affects young children’s social and emotional development, and health.
  • How parents can work with educators and professionals to help their child develop positive behaviours around digital media.
  • How to balance children’s use of technology with live interactions and activities.
  • What do positive relationships look like in a digital world?

Seminar 2 – behaviours for learning and wellbeing

Watch the video presentation on YouTube.

Download the transcript (DOC 235KB)

Dr Justin Coulson engages with us as he talks about the different types of behaviours that can support your child’s learning and wellbeing and how you can help them develop these.

Key themes

  • The fact that all behaviours have a purpose –  they are a way that children communicate.
  • Understanding what your child’s behaviour is trying to tell you.
  • How external influences affect children’s behaviour.
  • How to help children develop behaviours that will help them learn and have a positive sense of wellbeing. These could include:
    • confidence and resilience
    • self awareness, self management and social awareness
    • the ability to work through problems, deal with stress and form healthy relationships
    • skills in managing their emotions.

Seminar 3 – no more bullying

Watch the video presentation on YouTube.

Download the transcipt (DOC 230KB)

Lesley Harrison, Brett Murray, and Andrew Fuller include us in the conversation as they lift the curtain on bullying behaviour and help parents learn to detect and prevent bullying in their children’s lives.

Key themes

  • Understanding what bullying is and the forms it can take including cyber- bullying.
  • How to identify behaviours that may indicate that your child is being bullied or is being a bully to others.
  • Understanding how to help your  child change bullying behaviour. 
  • How to help your child to develop behaviours and skills that will prevent and defuse bullying. These include self-esteem, resilience and positive relationships.

About the speakers

Linda Cranley, University of Notre Dame

Linda Cranley, one of the speakers at parents in education week.

Since 2003, Linda Cranley has been lecturing at the University of Notre Dame Australia and is currently Primary Degree coordinator, Course Coordinator for HASS, and a Senior Lecturer across several pedagogical units. Linda has presented Parent Information Workshops since 1993 and continues to deliver quality programs for parents across a wide range of topics. She has presented at several international, national and state-wide conferences and is an engaging presenter whose trademark is to ensure a ‘hands-on’ focus with real life application and strategies.

Genevieve Johnson, La Trobe University

Genevieve Johnson, one of the speakers at parents in education week.

Genevieve Johnson began teaching at the tertiary level in 2003 at The University of Melbourne Education Faculty and is currently a lecturer in Education at La Trobe University, Victoria where she co-ordinates and delivers primary and early childhood subjects. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year several times by parents and over her career has hosted numerous parent information workshops; the focus of which is to deliver real life take away strategies.

Dr Justin Coulson

Justin Coulson, one of the speakers at parents in education week.

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s leading parenting experts. Justin and his wife, Kylie are parents to 6 daughters. He is the author of 2 bestselling parenting books and earned his PhD in psychology. He appears regularly on television and radio and writes a weekly parenting column for NewsCorp.

You can find out more about Justin on justincoulson.com and the happy families website.

Lesley Harrison

Lesley Harrison, one of the speakers at parents in education week.

Lesley has worked nationally with children, young people and adults including teachers, university lecturers, parents, carers, law enforcement, medical teams and community support networks. She has an abundance of information about the behaviour and relationships of children, young people and adults, particularly about their use and abuse of technology.

More information is available from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Brett Murray

Brett Murray, one of the speakers at parents in education week.

Five times Australian of the year nominee, Brett Murray, is one of the nation’s most sought after Anti-bullying campaigners, and has been a leader in his field for over a decade. Brett is a powerful and engaging presenter who leaves audiences empowered, encouraged, educated and inspired.

You can find out more on the make bullying history website.

Andrew Fuller

Dr Andrew Fuller, one of the speakers at parents in education week.

As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many organisations, schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of people, teams and families. Andrew has helped to increase resilience in over 600 communities and 190,000 young people in Australia as well as in Bhutan and the UK. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne.

You can find out more on Andrew's website.

Jodie Benveniste (host)

Jodie is a psychologist, Director of Intuitive Parenting, parenting speaker and author of 4 parenting books. She helps parents to connect more deeply to themselves and their children to create a family life based on love and understanding.

You can find out more on Jodie's website.

Parents in Education week steering group members

Parents in Education Week is led by a steering group with the following members representing all 3 sectors of education, parents and staff across South Australia:

  • Association of Independent Schools of SA (AISSA)
  • The Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities
  • Pre-School Directors Association
  • South Australian Primary Principals’ Association (SAPPA)
  • South Australian Secondary Principals’ Association (SASPA)
  • South Australian Association of School Parents Clubs (SAASPC)


Parents in Education Week

Phone: 8226 3156
Email: education.ParentEngagement [at] sa.gov.au