Engaging Parents in Learning

This module explores how teachers can effectively partner with parents to enhance student learning outcomes. The lessons in this module include:

  • Historical perspectives of the role of parents in education.
  • The research and theoretical models underpinning current policy and practice.
  • Contemporary parent engagement policies and frameworks.
  • Opportunities for, and barriers to, increasing parent engagement.
  • The latest research in parent engagement and future directions for policy and practice.
  • Effective and efficient strategies for engaging parents in their children’s learning.
Course Mode

This course is self-paced with no fixed start or end dates, allowing you to fit in study around your schedule.

 

Course Details

Lesson One: Introduction to Parent Engagement
This introductory lesson provides a broad overview, looking at the variety of roles parents play in their children’s learning.

Lesson Two: Historical Perspectives on the Role of Parents in Education
 This lesson looks very briefly at the history of formal education, in order to shed light on how parents’ and schools’ perceptions of the role of parents in learning have changed over time.

Lesson Three: Research Underpinning Contemporary Perspectives
Lesson Three looks at the body of research that underpins contemporary approaches to engaging parents in their children’s learning.

 Lesson Four: Barriers and Opportunities
This lesson explores some of the most commonly cited barriers to effectively engaging parents in their children’s education; including access to resources, cultural and linguistic diversity, parent education, work and childcare responsibilities and parent and child health.

Lesson Five: Parent Engagement Policies and Frameworks
Lesson Five examines the main documents and resources currently informing most schools’ parent engagement strategies, including the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, The Family-School Partnerships Framework, The Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau and Partners4Learning.

 Lesson Six: Future Directions for Policy and Practice
 The purpose of Lesson Six is to look at current research in the field of parent engagement, with a particular focus on what the latest research says about impacts on students’ academic outcomes.

Lesson Seven: Strategies to Effectively Engage Parents
This lesson explores effective strategies teachers can use to engage parents in home learning and in school based learning.

Course Outcomes

On completion of this course, you will:

  • Understand both the research and cultural beliefs that underpin current family-school partnerships.
  • Develop a deep understanding of current policies and frameworks that guide family-school partnerships across all school sectors.
  • Be able to evaluate and refine current processes and procedures for engaging parents in students’ learning, at both a whole school and classroom level.
  • Be able to identify relationships between parenting style, teaching styles, and student learning style.
  • Be able to identify ways in which the quality of parent engagement might be enhanced in circumstances where the quantity of parent engagement might be limited.
  • Implement specific instructional approaches that motivate, engage and support all students and parents to reach their full potential.
  • Increased capacity to contribute to collegial discussions on approaches to building stronger partnerships with students,
  • Implement specific instructional approaches that motivate, engage and support all students and parents to reach their full potential.
  • Increased capacity to contribute to collegial discussions on approaches to building stronger partnerships with students, their families and the school community.
Course Certification

Once you have completed this course, you will have immediate access to certification which you can provide to your relevant State or Territory teacher registration body to satisfy requirements for continuing registration.

This course is recognised by VIT, QCOT, TRBSA, TRBWA, TRBNT, and TRBT as contributing 6 hours of professional learning addressing APST: 3.5, 3.7, 5.5, 7.3

This course is recognised by BOSTES/NESA as contributing 6 hours of professional learning addressing APST: 3.5.2, 3.7.2, 7.2.2, 7.3.2

Course Cost

Casual Teacher: $59
Classroom Teacher: $149

We also offer discounted rates for whole school PD
Whole School (<50 teachers): $1799
Whole School (>50 teachers): $2399

Our normal rate is the Classroom Teacher rate. We do offer a significantly reduced rate for casual teachers because we realise that without a significant discount most casual teachers aren’t able to access quality professional learning.

Use the Casual rate if you are:

  • A teacher working casually through an agency or not currently on a contract
  • On family leave
  • A pre-service teacher
  • A teacher not currently working, wanting to maintain your accreditation
  • A teacher working overseas, wanting to maintain your accreditation in Australia

Use the Classroom Teacher rate if you are:

  • Employed full time by a school as a classroom teacher or education support staff
  • Employed part time by a school as a classroom teacher or education support staff
  • Employed by a school on a contract >1 term

Teacher Reviews

(The course) has made me enthused about this topic area, and as I will be starting at a new school in the new year, I will be implementing some of these strategies.

Teacher Reviews

This course was clearly set out and it made all of the content easy to follow and understand.

Teacher Reviews

It was a relevant and engaging module, which I will definitely use as a guide in future.

Teacher Reviews

Self paced, participant led, Australian content.

(K.S. 10/7/16)

Teacher Reviews

(I liked)…The balance between practical ideas, self-reflection and evidence based research.

Teacher Reviews

(I liked that I…) could go back and look at something again with new knowledge later in the course. Lots of evidence based strategies. I really enjoyed this course, it was very thought provoking both from a teacher and parents point of view.

(E.C. 26/2/2017)

Teacher Reviews

This course was very informative and provided a lot of strategies and research in relation to parent engagement within schools.

(K.G. 4/4/2017)

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