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Parents in Education Week

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. You’ll also get some practical advice about how to support your child’s education.

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


Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 August, 7pm to 8.45pm

The Honourable John Gardner, Minister for Education will open the program on Tuesday evening at 7.00pm.

About the seminars

How to live positively in a digital world, with Linda Cranley and Genevieve Johnson

Tuesday 28 August 2018, 7pm to 8.45pm

What parents need to know to balance children's learning, development and their use of technology.

Behaviours for learning and wellbeing, with Dr Justin Coulson

Wednesday 29 August 2018, 7pm to 8.45pm

Which behaviours and skills can support children's learning and wellbeing for life and what can parents do to help children develop these?

No more bullying, with Lesley Harrison, Brett Murray, and Andrew Fuller

Thursday 30 August 2018, 7pm to 8.45pm

In this panel discussion, you’ll learn about how to support your child to develop behaviours and skills to stop them being bullied or becoming a bully.


Star Room, Entertainment Centre

All three seminars will be held in the Star Room of the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Visit the Entertainment Centre website for information about the room and how to get there.

Watch at a venue near you

If you can’t make it to the Entertainment Centre, each seminar will also be shown via webcast at locations across the state. Check back soon for a list of webcast locations.

Visit the hosting a webcast page if you’d like to host a webcast at your school or site.

Watch online afterwards

We’re recording every seminar, so you’ll be able to watch them on YouTube. The recordings will be available until November 30.

Register to host a webcast

To host a seminar or a webcast at your school or site, you’ll need to register. Visit the hosting a webcast page if you'd like to host a webcast.

Interacting with the speakers

You will be able to interact with the panel and keynote speakers during the live seminars.

You can do this by:

  • attending a session at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre
  • attending a locally hosted livestreamed event
  • submitting questions to the keynote speaker or panel members during the live sessions.

More information will be coming soon about how to participate.

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 (emcee)

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.

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