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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. 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).

Seminar 1 – how to live positively in a digital world

with Linda Cranley and Genevieve Johnson
Tuesday 28 August, 
7pm to 8.45pm
Star Room, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, or
watch a livestream at a venue near you

The benefits and drawbacks of children’s technology use and how to balance screen time with learning and development.

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

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?

Register to attend live or watch at a venue near you

Visit eventARC to either:

  • secure your free ticket for this live event at the Star Room, Adelaide Entertainment Centre

or

  • see a list of livestream locations and register to attend one of them.

Watch live on YouTube 

Watch the seminar live on YouTube.

Interact during the seminar using Sli.do

You'll be able to use your smartphone or tablet to interact with the speakers using Sli.do.

Join in by visiting www.Sli.do during the seminar and entering the code #piewkdigital

Seminar 2 – behaviours for learning and wellbeing

with Dr Justin Coulson
Wednesday 29 August, 7pm to 8.45pm
Star Room, Adelaide Entertainment Centre or
watch a  livestream at a venue near you

Understanding 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.

Register to attend live or watch at a venue near you

Visit eventArc to either:

  • secure your free ticket for this live event at the Star Room, Adelaide Entertainment Centre

or

  • see a list of livestream locations and register to attend one of them.

Watch live on YouTube 

Watch the seminar live on YouTube.

Interact using Sli.do

You'll be able to use your smartphone or tablet to interact with the speakers using Sli.do.

Join in by visiting www.Sli.do during the seminar and entering the code #piewkjustin

Seminar 3 – no more bullying

with Lesley Harrison, Brett Murray, and Andrew Fuller
Thursday 30 August, 7pm to 8.45pm
Star Room, Adelaide Entertainment Centre or watch a 
livestream at a venue near you

This panel discussion will 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.

Register to attend live or watch at a venue near you

Visit eventArc to either:

  • secure your free ticket for this live event at the Star Room, Adelaide Entertainment Centre

or

  • see a list of livestream locations and register to attend one of them.

Watch live on YouTube 

Watch the seminar live on YouTube.

Interact using Sli.do

You'll be able to use your smartphone or tablet to interact with the speakers using Sli.do.

Join in by visiting www.Sli.do during the seminar and entering the code #piewkpanel

    Watch a recording afterwards

    We’re recording every seminar, so you’ll be able to watch them on YouTube. Subscribe to the Department for Education's YouTube channel and you'll be notified when the recordings become available. The recordings will be available until November 30.

    There are also some locations showing recordings of the seminars. Visit the eventArc page for each event to view the locations and times:

    Speak to your preschool or school about hosting a recorded seminar viewing if they are not registered.

    Promote PiE Week

    We encourage you to promote this year’s Parents in Education Week by sharing information with staff and parents at your school or service. You can download promotional materials including an A3 poster and A5 flyer.  

    Host a seminar viewing

    If you work somewhere that would like to host a seminar viewing, visit the hosting a seminar page. You can register to host more than one viewing.

    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)

    Contact

    Parents in Education Week

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