Wednesday 7 June (pm)
Wednesday Afternoon Plenary
The Afternoon Plenary Session of the 2017 Parent Engagement Conference on Wednesday 7 June, was opened by Dr Lisa O'Brien from the Smith Family. There were popular keynote addresses from Dr Karen Mapp, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA, and Jenni Brasington, Scholastic Education, USA, followed by inspiring concurrent sessions and energetic Q&A discussions.
Dr Karen Mapp, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
Dr Karen L. Mapp, EdD, is a Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Faculty Director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program. Over the past twenty years, Dr. Mapp’s research and practice focus has been on the cultivation of partnerships among families, community members and educators that support student achievement and school improvement.
Karen Mapp Bio | Download PDF (1MB)
Jenni Brasington, Scholastic Education, USA
Jenni Brasington is a Senior Director of Consultative Services for Scholastic Education and a founding partner of the Center for Active Family Engagement (Café). She has more than 25 years of experience working with PK-12 schools as an administrator, early childhood coordinator and school counsellor to improve student achievement and build effective family-school partnerships that support student learning.
Jenni Brasington Bio | Download PDF (808KB)
Wednesday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Pathways to Access & Inclusion: Social capital & collaboration
Chair: Anne Hampshire | Stream Session
Dr Rebecca Goodhue, Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth
Dr Jen Skattebol & A/Prof Christine Woodrow, Western Sydney University/University of New South Wales
Rachel Elphick, AFL Cape York House
More than just a welcome mat.
Rachel Elphick Bio | Presentation Withheld
Lisa Occhietti, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School & Dandenong West Primary School
Understanding & enacting engagement
Chair: Barbara Barker | Stream Session
Warren Cann, Parenting Research Centre
Jennifer Azordegan, Queensland University of Technology
School-Family Relationships in Diverse Australia: Connecting educators and Afghan refugee parents.
Jennifer Azordegan Bio | Presentation Withheld
Danielle McAllister & Michael Zeuschner, Queensland Department of Education and Training
Catherine O’Byrne & Gillian Considine, The Smith Family
Collaboration in practice
Chair: Carmel Nash | Stream Session
Dr Lina Di Paolo, Catholic Education Melbourne
Rachel Saliba, Victoria Catholic Schools Parent Body
Ann Bliss & Jeff Sochacki, Nazareth Catholic Community
Dr Tanya Vaughan, Social Ventures Australia
Engaging Across Cultures: Enhancing learning opportunities for all
Chair: Prof Greer Johnson | Stream Session
Esme Bamblett, Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated
Prof Greer Johnson & A/Prof Bev Fluckiger, Griffith University
Kath Cooney, Foundation House
Christine Johnson, The Smith Family