Parents as Partners


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​At Brisbane State High School, we are deeply committed to our goal of personal excellence for all students and acknowledge the critical role parents and guardians play in contributing to their child's education and success.  We are pleased to design opportunities for our community to engage with leading educational and parenting experts. One of the great strengths of our school is the partnerships we develop.  We trust you enjoy the resources below which have been purposefully and specifically designed to support you and your child's learning.


​We are excited to share the Parents as Partners initiative was awarded the 2022 Metropolitan Regional Winner and 2022 State Finalist of the Queensland Government's Showcase Awards for Excellence in the category, Parent and Community Engagement. 

For further information, please contact Deanne Clark, Professional Learning Institute Manager,


Partnership Presentations

Dr Andrew Martin, Educational Psychologist, Australia

Dr Andrew Martin is a leading educational psychologist specialising in student motivation, engagement and achievement, as well as gifted and talented, disengagement, educational buoyancy and adaptability, pedagogy, parenting, and teacher-student relationships.

'In Conversation' Series with Dr Martin

The 'In Conversation' interview series with Dr Martin, is a wonderful resource for parents and guardians covering a range of insights to help support your child's learning.

Twilight Presentation with Dr Martin (2022, 2019, 2018)

The Motivation, Engagement and Learning presentations provide parents and guardians with tips and techniques to motivate and engage their child's learning progress and excellence.

Further reading: Lifelong Achievement Group website.

Ms Lisa Newland, Director, Sentis Education 

parents-as-partners-lisa-newland.jpgWith over 20 years of education experience in a variety of leadership roles, Lisa Newland has a strong passion for developing organisational learning cultures.  

Twilight Presentation with Ms Newland (2022) 

The resources from Ms Newland's presentation explore engagement in learning and apply psychological concepts and neuroscience to areas such as wellbeing, resilience and grit.   ​

Dr Megan Sumeracki & Dr Cynt​hia Nebel, The Learning Scientists, USA

Dr Megan Sumeracki is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rhode Island College, USA. Megan is co-founder of The Learning Scientists, where she aims to increase the use of effective study and learning strategies backed by research.


Dr Cynthia Nebel is a Lecturer in the Leadership & Learning in Organizations Program at Vanderbilt University, USA. Cynthia has broad interests in human learning and memory and applying cognitive concepts to improve education. 

Video Presentation with Dr Sumeracki and Dr Nebel (2021)

The video presentation from The Learning Scientists provide concrete tips and techniques for parents and guardians on how to help facilitate effective learning and study at home.


Twilight Presentation with Dr Sumeracki (2020)

The presentation provided knowledge for parents and guardians on how to best support their children's learning at home.

Further reading:  The Learning Scientists website and Understanding How We Learn – A Visual Guide (via The Learning Scientists website).

​​Dr Pooja Agarwal, Cognitive Scientist, Author, USA

Dr Pooja Agarwal is a cognitive scientist and Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She is also the Founder of, a hub of research, resources, and teaching strategies based on the science of learning. 

Video Presentation wi​​th Dr Agarwal (2021)

The video presentation from Dr Agarwal provides valuable strategies for parents and guardians on how to help facilitate effective learning and study at home. 

Ms Linda Pitt, Development Executive K–12, Apple Australia

Linda Pitt is the Development Executive for Apple Education in Queensland and focuses on the effective use of iPad and Mac in learning environments. In previous roles, she was the Transformational Learning Manager for the Queensland Department of Education and Training and was charged with steering schools across the state towards transformational and contemporary learning practices.

​​​Twilight Presentation with Ms Pitt (2019)

Ms Linda Pitt, together with Mr Antonios Apergis and Mr Paul Kennard, State High Pedagogy Coaches, presented on new ways to think and learn with an iPad. Session resources ​can be accessed via the Apple support links below.

Last reviewed 30 January 2023
Last updated 30 January 2023