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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.

As well as the live program at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre there are over 55 venues across the state registered to host a live or recorded viewing of one or more of the program sessions. These venues include government, Independent or Catholic preschool and schools and community locations.

View the map of event locations and partnerships.


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.

How to register

You can register to participate by clicking on the session topics of your choice in the program below. All events are free, with sessions available until the end of term 4.

Program session Date Speakers
An evening with Minister Susan Close and guests discussing the 21st Century child 19 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

Yorketown event

20 September 2017


Wallaroo event

22 September 2017  
Golden Way Partnership 22 September 2017  

How to participate

Attend one or more of the live sessions at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

If you can’t attend the sessions at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre you can:

  • register to attend one of the live regional sessions
  • register to attend one of over 55 venues across the state that are hosting a livestreamed or recorded viewing of one or more of the 3 sessions
  • view a livestreamed or recorded session on demand via the DECD YouTube page available until  31 December 2017.

Live interaction

During each program session held on 19, 20 and 21 September you will be able to interact with the panel and keynote speakers by using  a smart device (iPad, smart phone). 

You will be able to join the conversation by logging on during the live session through http://www.sli.do and join the conversation with the event code. Sli.do is a web-based tool for real-time audience interaction. The event code will be provided to you when you register for your session of choice.

You can join the conversation if you are:

  • attending a session at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre
  • attending a locally hosted livestreamed viewing
  • livestreaming independently.

Once logged in you can start sending questions and participate in polls. You will be able to see and can up vote your favourite questions.

On the day of the livestream please login from 6.45pm each night. Once logged in you will see a holding image and hear background music. As long as you can hear the music, and you are not receiving any errors, then you can successfully view the webcast. You may need to use headphones if your computer speakers aren’t loud enough.

The links below will take you to the DECD YouTube channel.

Tuesday 19 Sept Wednesday 20 Sept Thursday 21 Sept
An evening with Minister Susan Close  and guests discussing the 21st Century child Unlocking your child’s potential and learning through strength-based parenting 9 Ways to a Resilient Child
Event code: #piewkpanel Event code: #piewklea Event code: #piewkjustin

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 [at] 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