Grassroots advocacy continues.
Here is an invitation to parents, educators and policymakers – to attend one of two mid-August forums in Sydney and in Melbourne – to Explore Real Change in Schools/Education.
Q: Can a parents’ movement transform our schools?
This question is being asked by the Centre for Civil Society, a not-for-profit non-party-political think tank, in support of the National Federation of Parents, Families and Carers.
They have successfully negotiated with a state school to introduce a stream of education running parallel to the conventional stream. There is a high level of parental involvement in the classroom around a negotiated curriculum and educational philosophy. The Community Class at Winters Flat Primary now has 75 kids in 3 classes. Next year, the parent group will undertake the same process as their kids move on to secondary school.
SPEAKERS – PARENTS AS PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
Andrew Kohane, Parent, Winters Flat Primary School
Lena Bailey, Parent, Students with Disabilities
SPEAKERS – THE REFORM AGENDA
David Hetherington, Executive Director per capita
Julie Novak, Research Fellow, Institute of Public Affairs
Panels of parents and educators on:
A Charter for a Real Education Revolution will be explored and discussed as a tool for opening up debate about school reform and developing a broad parent-driven movement for real change in education. A draft outline of the Charter is available here. Input into this process is invited.
Places are limited, please register early.
Sydney – Monday 17 August 10am – 2pm
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, CBD
Melbourne – Tuesday 18 August 10am – 2pm
Angliss Conference Centre, 555 La Trobe St, CBD
No Cost for Parents – Lunch Provided
Schools – $99
NGOs and Foundations – $132
Professional and Advocacy Organisations – $176
Academics and Researchers – $176
Government Officers – $242
CLICK HERE to register.
CLICK HERE to read the draft Charter.
CLICK HERE for further information.
CLICK HERE for further information about the National Federation of Parents, Families and Carers. There is no cost to join this organisation.
Enquiries: Vern Hughes 0425 722 890 or email@example.com