Learning Conversations with Students and Families

This course supports you to guide your colleagues to engage in learning conversations with students and families that build a sense of belonging and connectedness.

Learning Conversation for Students and Families explores how teachers can respond to changed student learning needs in a flexible and remote learning environment using learning conversations.

These conversations enable teachers to:

  • better understand their student learners and their unique contexts, experiences and what they bring to the learning
  • better understand their family partners, their context and unique needs as adults offering learning support at home
  • develop a sense of belonging and connectedness with their community of learners.

This course is designed and facilitated by EdPartnerships International and supported by staff in the Department’s Priority Programs Branch.


Designed for teacher leaders – including learning specialists and informal leaders – who have a role supporting the learning and practice of teachers.

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Over 45 minutes, you will:

  • discuss how best to use the Learning Conversations Guide
  • explore examples of how teacher leaders are using learning conversations
  • clarify how you can implement learning conversations within your own context.

When you register for the webinar you will gain access to the:

  • Learning Conversations Orientation video that provides an overview of what learning conversations are and why they are important, especially when teaching and learning is occurring remotely.
  •  Learning Conversations Guide that supports effective learning conversations with students and their families or carers, and how to plan for these conversations.

It is expected that you use these resources to prepare for the webinar. You will need approximately 30 minutes to complete the pre-work.


Learning outcomes

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • how to lead teams of teachers to adapt and engage in learning conversations with students and families that can inform learning design in a remote learning environment
  • what learners and families value and can bring to the learning community
  • mini projects that enable learners to investigate questions that matter to them, their families and communities.

Course contact

Clare Kennedy
Senior Project Officer, Targeted Support Unit
Performance Division
03 7022 0240


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Who have we partnered with?
  • Armadale Primary School
  • Arts Victoria
  • Australian Council for Educational Research
  • Bastow Institute
  • Berwick Fields Primary School
  • Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Education Office
  • Catholic Education Melbourne
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Derrimut Primary School
  • Discovery College
  • Elisabeth Murdoch College
  • Eltham High School
  • Foundation House
  • Kew High School
  • Merri Creek Primary School
  • Ocean Grove Primary School
  • Princes Hill Secondary College
  • RMIT
  • Schools Connect Australia
  • St Joseph's Crib Point
  • The Teacher Effectiveness Programme (TEEP)
  • Thomas Carr College
  • Victoria University
  • Yarram Secondary College
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