Parent Public Lecture Series

The UNSW Matraville Education Partnership will offer a Public Lecture Series for parents on a wide range of topics throughout 2017.

All events are free and open to the public, no matter where your children attend school. All lectures will be of interest to parents of both primary and secondary students, unless otherwise noted.

Lectures will be on weekday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the UNSW building at Matraville Sports High School (see map). Download the print flyer here (PDF) and RSVP below.

Prof Chris Davison

Assessment A-Z: What does it all mean?

presented by Professor Chris Davison

Date: Monday, 8 May, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Do your child's assessments, reports and NAPLAN results make your head spin? Professor Davison will discuss how and why schools assess student learning and how you can use the results to support your child's further development.

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A/Prof Terry Cumming

Surviving Your Child's Adolescence

presented by Associate Professor Terry Cumming

Date: Thursday, 8 June, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Not recognising your child or yourself now that adolescence has hit? Dr Cumming will discuss dealing with challenging behaviours and how to support your child through their adolescent years keeping both of you sane.

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Scientia Prof Andrew Martin

How to Boost Boys' Motivation at School

presented by Scientia Professor Andrew Martin

Date: Wednesday, 23 August, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Looking for ways to keep your child focused and supporting them to succeed at school? Professor Martin will discuss the Motivation and Engagement Wheel, with a particular focus on research into boys' motivation and engagement.

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Dr Jennifer L Jolly

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Identifying and Using Online Resources to Support Gifted Learners and Families (Part II)

presented by Dr Jennifer Jolly

Date: Wednesday, 25 October, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Overwhelmed by what is -- or isn't -- out there online to help you support your gifted child? Dr Jolly will discuss recommended resources and ways to connect with existing groups and organisations. New local and Australian-based resources have been added since her previous talk in 2015.

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Past lectures and recordings

Dr Paul Evans

Motivation, Engagement and Success at School

presented by Dr Paul Evans

Dr. Evans discussed ways to support your child to stay motivated and engaged in their learning to achieve better schooling outcomes. Autonomy support in parenting and teaching ways to help your child self-regulate their learning was outlined.


Dr Susen Smith

Parenting a Gifted Child: What Supports or Hinders Talent Development?

presented by Dr Susen Smith

How can you find out the areas of your child's gifts and talents? And how can you support them to develop those areas fully? Dr Smith discussed ways parents can support their gifted children to reach their full potential.

Click here to listen to the lecture