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Parents in Education Week

Parents in Education week 2017

Parents in Education week promotes and highlights the importance of parents being engaged in their child’s learning and education from birth through school, and to provide practical advice for parents on how to support their child’s learning. 

In 2017 Parents in Education week will be held from Monday 18 to Friday 22 September.


This year a 3-day speakers program will be delivered each evening from Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 September. The Minister for Education and Child Development will chair a panel, and keynote speakers will present at the Star Room, Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

An evening with Minister Susan Close and guests discussing the 21st Century child19 September 2017
7.00pm to 8.45pm

Dr Kristin Alford
Niki Buchan
Jodie Benveniste

Unlocking your child’s potential and learning through strength-based parenting".

20 September 2017
7.00pm to 8.45pm
Professor Lea Waters

9 Ways to a Resilient Child.

21 September 2017
7.00pm to 8.45pm

Dr Justin Coulson

Each evening the speakers and panel guests will provide information and strategies relevant to parents and caregivers and educators of children from 0 to18 years.

All events are free.

How to participate

The panel and keynote speakers will be presenting at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

If you can’t come to this location you can:

  • come to a location near you that has registered to host a webcast of one or more sessions.
  • view a recorded session on the DECD YouTube page that will be available until the end of 2017.

Local venues may include government, Catholic or independent preschools and schools or a community venue. 

More information will be coming soon, including the full program of locations registered to host a webcast event and how to view a recorded session on YouTube.

Register to attend

You will be able to register online to attend a live session at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre or a webcast event at a local venue.  Webcast events may be livestreamed or a viewing of a recorded session.

More information will be coming soon about registering.

Host a webcast event

Government, Catholic and independent preschools and schools are encouraged to register to host a webcast event. A webcast event can either be livestreamed or viewing of a recorded session of the 2017 speakers program.

Hosting a webcast event can be incorporated into a preschool or school’s planned calendar of parent engagement events for the year.

Live audiences and people watching the livestream will have an opportunity to present questions to the panel and keynote speakers.

Sites that register to host a webcast event will be provided with information to help with the planning and promotion of the event. Webcast events can be delivered in collaboration with other local preschools, schools, or community organisations and can be hosted at your preschool, school, or other local venue.

Register to host a webcast event

Visit surveymoz to register to host a webcast.

Live interaction

You will be able to interact with the panel and keynote speakers during the live presentations.

You can do this by:

  • attending a session at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre
  • attending a locally hosted livestreamed event
  • submitting questions to the keynote speaker or panel members during the live sessions.

More information will be coming soon about how to participate through live interaction.

Technical considerations

YouTube will be used for the live and recorded webcast events.

Requirements your site will need for watching a YouTube live event on a computer, tablet or phone include:

  • the most recent version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari
  • Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.7+, Ubuntu 10+, or Linux OS 11+ (64-bit)
  • an internet connection with 1+ Mbps download speed.

About the speakers

Professor Lea Waters

Professor Lea Waters, PhD, is a registered psychologist, researcher, speaker and author who specializes in positive psychology. Lea has worked with families, schools and workplaces across the globe and is the proud mother of 2 children.

In 2015, she was listed as one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence by the Financial Review and Westpac. Professor Waters featured in the ABC TV documentary Revolution School, and is regularly featured in the press and on radio.

Dr Justin Coulson

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s leading parenting experts. Justin and his wife Kylie are parents to 6 daughters. He is the author of 2 bestselling parenting books and earned his PhD in psychology. He appears regularly on television and radio and writes a weekly parenting column for News Corp.

Dr Kristin Alford

Dr Kristin Alford is a futurist and the director of MOD. at the University of South Australia. MOD. is an immersive museum of discovery, a place to be and be inspired. Kristin leads a team dedicated to creating dynamic, changing exhibitions showcasing the edge of knowledge and emerging technologies. MOD. opens in 2018 and aims to surprise and delight young adults, opening new possibilities and pathways so that we can all live prosperously and sustainably. 

Niki Buchan

With a science background, Niki has been calling Australia home since 2011. She works internationally as a conference keynote speaker, nature pedagogue and author as well as delivering a large range of professional learning opportunities on all aspects of Early Childhood Education and Care including Nature, STEM and The Arts.

Jodie Benveniste

Jodie is a psychologist, director of Intuitive Parenting, parenting speaker and author of 4 parenting books. She helps parents to connect more deeply to themselves and their children to create a family life based on love and understanding.


Your feedback is important to us. We use this information to help us:

  • choose topics that parents want to know more about
  • choose speakers that are experts in their field
  • make the event accessible to as many parents as possible in ways that suit you
  • provide relevant information about what parents can do to support children’s learning and education
  • improve the event.

Your feedback can be emailed to decd.csw@sa.gov.au.

Steering group members

Parents in Education week is led by a steering group with the following members representing all 3 sectors of education, parents and staff across South Australia:

  • Association of Independent Schools of SA (AISSA)
  • The  Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities
  • Pre-School Directors Association
  • South Australian Primary Principals’ Association (SAPPA)
  • South Australian Secondary Principals’ Association (SASPA)
  • South Australian Association of School Parents Clubs (SAASPC)
  • Parenting  SA.


Parents in Education Week

Phone: 8226 3734
Email: DECD.ParentEngagement [at] sa.gov.au