Wednesday 7 June (am)
Wednesday saw the conference open its first full day of plenary and concurrent sessions,
with ministerial addresses, emotional keynotes, and valuable Q&A discussions.
Wednesday Morning Plenary
The opening Plenary Session of the 2017 Parent Engagement Conference on Wednesday 7 June, featuring Senator for SA and Minister for Education and Training, the Honourable Simon Birmingham and keynotes from Dr Debbie Pushor and Steve Moneghetti AM.
Senator The Honourable Simon Birmingham
Minister Birmingham stressed that parental and family factors are not just some add-on to student success, but are at the core and centre of it. Watch his address as part of the Wednesday morning plenary above and download a transcript of his speech. Simon Birmingham Bio | Download PDF (49KB)
Dr Debbie Pushor
Debbie is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. In her program of research, Debbie has engaged in narrative inquiries into parent knowledge and into parent engagement and leadership. On Wednesday morning, Dr Pushor's keynote addressed "The Critical Use of Parent Knowledge in the Engagement of Parents", shifting the emphasis in schooling from parent involvement to parent engagement.
Debbie Pushor Bio | Download PDF (5MB) | Download PDF with video (396MB)
Stephen James "Steve" Moneghetti is a renowned long-distance runner and physical health consultant. He has a degree in civil engineering, a graduate diploma in education, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Ballarat. Towards the end of the conference's Wednesday morning plenary session, Steve spoke on "Sport’s contribution to child development: Why parent engagement is crucial", which you can see in the video above from 1hr 13m.
Steve Moneghetti Bio
Wednesday Morning Concurrent Sessions
First Steps (sponsored by Starting Blocks)
Chair: Dr Charlene Smith | Stream Session
Dr Wendy Goff, Swinburne University
Chris Hawkes & Cynthia Dann, Playgroup Western Australia
Lucy Jones & Bron Lawson, Bluebird Foundation
Penny Markham, Goodstart Early Learning
Powerful Potential: Experiences & lessons from parents practising engagement
Chair: Belinda Wall | Stream Session
Dr Gina-Maree Satore, Parenting Research Centre
Alice Campbell, University of Queensland
Teresa Hutchins, World Vision Australia
Marcel Kerrison, University of Tasmania
What works for home-school partnerships
Chair: Annette Michaux | Stream Session
Amalia Fawcett, Centre for Multicultural Youth
Caroline Heysen & Craig Reid, Principals Australia Institute
Barbara Barker & Will Mollison, Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth/Families ACT
Maria Fong & Catherine Wade, Centre for Community Child Health/Parenting Research Centre
Classroom, Community & Country: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander parent engagement
Chair: Esme Bamblett | Stream Session
Jo Spek & Brittany Pass, Diocese of Broken Bay/Australian Catholic University
Regina Thompson, NT Dept of Education
Building parent capacity in the remote Northern Territory: Families as first teachers.
Regina Thompson Bio | Presentation Withheld
Cecily Strange & Kim Wedge, Ngala
Dominique Smith, Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Womens Resource Centre
Community led approach to empowering families to be their child’s first educators
Dominique Smith Bio | No Presentation