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Partnering with Families: Happy, Healthy and Resilient Kids

  • Audience
    Principal class
    Teacher leader
  • Next Intake
  • Location
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • Mode
  • Fees
    DET Fully Subsidised

Strengthening family engagement in learning can support your school to achieve its annual implementation plan (AIP) 'Happy, healthy and resilient kids' goal.

You will explore strategies for better understanding your school community, and build your knowledge of effective advocacy and what this looks like from both a family and school perspective

Partnering with Families is a collection of 3 online workshops that explore how effective partnering improves wellbeing and academic outcomes for children and young people.

Other workshops include Learning Catch-up and Extension and Connected Schools.

Partnering with Families supports the ‘Community engagement in learning’ priority area of the Department of Education and Training’s Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO).


Designed for principal class members and teacher leaders with responsibility or a desire to strengthen connections with their school community.  


Designed and facilitated by Sharon Butler from Silent Partners.

Sharon has more than 15 years’ experience working with schools to build and/or enhance their partnering practices with families

You are expected to engage with and contribute to:

  • pre-workshop activities (15 minutes)
  • an online workshop (90 minutes).

Pre-workshop activities

When you register you will receive a link to a video that relates to the content of the course.

You are also encouraged to review your AIP and bring it with you to the facilitated online session.

You will need approximately 15 minutes to complete the pre-work.

Online workshop

Over 90 minutes, you will:

  • reflect on current beliefs regarding your school community
  • discuss strategies for building relational trust
  • share and discuss how your practices and learnings from remote and flexible learning might be leveraged in 2021
  • review your AIP ‘Connected schools’ goal to see how this may be strengthened using specific partnering practices.

The online workshop will include content and small-group discussion.

A list of relevant resources and Department contacts will be provided to help you access further support and contextualise the learning.

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the potential impact of current belief systems on family-school partnering
  • effective advocacy strategies that can be used by families
  • the importance of building relational trust.

You’ll develop the skills to:

  • map your school community from a strengths-based perspective
  • enhance the relational trust within your school community. 

Michelle Brown
Course Coordinator 

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