In the Media
Check out some recent media coverage highlighting our parent research and resources.
My Turn: Daniel J. McKee: Close the parent information gap
Learning Heroes was featured in an Op-Ed for the Providence Journal by Daniel J. McKee. The op-ed discusses the need for parents to receive school performance report cards to help get a more accurate picture of their child's success.
Bibb Hubbard featured in National PTA: Notes from the Backpack Podcast
Learning Heroes co-founder and president Bibb Hubbard sat down with National PTA to explore what families and kids think about student academic achievement, how schools and districts can improve the way they share information with families, and what families can do to gauge if their child is on track and advocate for a more accurate picture of their progress.
How to Engage Families with Research-Based Engagement Resources and Tools
Check out our guest blog with Edmodo to share family engagement resources for teachers to use as part of their existing outreach.
Univision: Summer Learning Tips and Resources (in Spanish)
Our VP of Content and Partnerships, Windy Lopez-Aflitto, appeared on Despierta América to share
summer learning tips and our bilingual resources for families to help their children this summer.
Williams: Together, Student Report Cards and School Report Cards Can Show Parents How Their Kids Are Really Doing in School. 5 States That Get It Right
When parents think their school is good and their child is fine academically, they focus their time and energy on other pressing issues. But in most places, there is a Grand Canyon-size gap between what parents are told about their children’s learning and what the school knows to be true.
Univision: Grades aren't the only way to know how your child is progressing
Teacher feedback, the results from the annual state test, and your own observations can help give you a more accurate picture of your child's progress.
UNIVISION: Tips and advice to support learning at home (In Spanish)
Windy Lopez-Aflitto, our VP of Content and Partnerships shares tips and resources to help parents get an accurate picture of their child's progress so they can best support learning at home.
This New Report Shows How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together (Education Post)
In this essay, Student Achievement Partners Founding Partner Jason Zimba reflects on Learning Heroes’ Parents 2018: Going Beyond Good Grades report and calls for more meaningful and objective discussions between parents and teachers.
How can you help your child Spring Ahead? Get an accurate picture of their progress.
In addition to our children’s grades, the results of the upcoming state test and our school’s report card are important pieces of the bigger picture, helping us understand where our children are doing well, and where additional support is needed. Check out our blog on WNET Education.
Mixed Signals from Report Cards: Learning Heroes Report Highlights
A recent report from Learning Heroes provides a dramatic illustration of the need for schools to transition to more transparent grading practices, such as those in a competency-based education system.
EWA: What’s in a Grade?
First, results from a new survey of parents and teachers by Learning Heroes, a nonprofit that works to promote family engagement, points to a basic misunderstanding between parents and teachers about what report cards measure.
THE 74 MILLION: What’s in a Report Card? Depends on Who You Ask. New Report Shows That Parents and Teachers Have Very Different Understandings of Grades & Tests
Ask a parent and a teacher, and you’ll likely hear very different answers. But that disconnect is just the beginning when it comes to how these two groups understand the education system and all the grades, jargon, and communication within it, according to a new report from the nonprofit Learning Heroes.
MEDIUM: Going Beyond Good Grades: What if Parents Knew What Teachers Know?
What if parents knew what teachers know about their child’s academic performance? What if report cards were a true lever for parent-teacher communications? How can we incent conversations about a child’s academic progress, especially if that child isn’t performing at grade level?
MEDIUM: Parents: Is Your Child on Track at School?
Jason Zimba: "My choice for the best parent resource of the year is the recently released Readiness Check, an interactive digital tool from Learning Heroes."
EDUCATION WEEK: 3 Tips for Talking to Parents about Social and Emotional Learning
Words like "attitude" and "emotion" often make parents uncomfortable, especially if they believe educators are making judgments about their children. Social and emotional learning raises questions about the boundaries between the role of parents and that of educators. This is all backed up by research - like the great work done by Learning Heroes - on the kinds of messages that resonate with parents and those that turn parents off entirely.
METROFOCUS: Success at School
The Readiness Check helps parents get a gut check on how their child has learned foundational skills needed for this year and connect them to resources to practice specific skills at home.
WNET EDUCATION: Parenting Minutes: Readiness Check
Watch this video to learn one way you can help your child prepare for the new school year.
THE 74 MILLION: Closing the ‘Perception Gap’: With 3 in 5 Teachers Saying Students Are Not at Grade Level on First Day of School, New Digital Tool Offers Parents a ‘Readiness Check’
To help teachers and parents assess a child’s academic achievement level, the nonprofit education research group Learning Heroes this week launched a new “readiness check” interactive digital tool to close that perception gap. “We have been really focused on trying to bridge what we call this perception gap because our research also found that parents hold themselves responsible. They want to be involved,” said Windy Lopez-Aflitto, Learning Heroes’ vice president of content. “We believe that by having a more accurate picture, parents can more effectively support specific skills and best partner with their child’s teacher from the beginning of the school year.”
GROUND CONTROL PARENTING: Parents, Check Out These Great Back-to-School Resources!
You know what grades your kids got last year, but how much of the material do they confidently understand? Does a C in math for the semester mean that your child understands enough of the material to build on it in the next school year? How are we supposed to know this? The good folks at learningheroes.org are here to help us figure it out. They have recently launched Readiness Check, a free interactive tool for you and your kids to use together.
UNIVISION: 5 consejos y una herramienta para empezar el año escolar con fuerza
El verano llega a su fin y para los niños los nervios son inevitables. Pero como padre no tienes que temer el comienzo de un nuevo año escolar. Hay pasos concretos que puedes dar para evaluar dónde se encuentra tu hijo en su desarrollo académico y cómo se puede preparar mejor para los meses de aprendizaje, retos y diversión que vienen.
WALLACE FOUNDATION: Talking to Parents about Social and Emotional Learning
Whenever we publish a blog post or report in our Knowledge Center on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), our digital channels buzz with interest. Much of the insights and information we’ve gathered has centered around in- and out-of-school programs that help children build the skills they need to succeed academically and in life. Now, an organization called Learning Heroes is bringing parents into the equation.
OUR CHILDREN MAGAZINE: Get Your Child Ready for the Next Grade Level This Summer
Summertime means longer days and warmer weather, making it the perfect time for learning fun! It’s also a great time to make a plan that gets your child ready for the next grade level. Here are 5 simple tips and resources to help your child stride forward this summer.
DESPIERTA AMÉRICA: Educación: ¿Cómo evitar el retroceso de verano?
Durante la etapa vacacional, los niños pueden perder entre dos y tres meses de progreso en lectura. Windy Lopez Aflitto, directora de contenido de Learning Heroes, explica qué deben hacer los padres para evitar el llamado retroceso de verano.
BADCREDIT.ORG: Learning Heroes Resources and Tools Empower Parents to Promote Academic Excellence
In a Nutshell: Research shows many parents don’t fully understand how well their children are performing in school. Even for those who know their kids need to improve in the classroom, many are unprepared to provide the type of support their children need.
INSIDE PHILANTHROPY: Support by Education Funders for Family Engagement Is Growing. Why Is That?
Family engagement is an old idea gaining renewed interest from education funders as some pivot away from an era of top-down reform. The concept has been around for quite awhile. Kids do better at school when their families and communities are involved in their education, but reforms often leave students’ support systems behind. Early signs show that practice is starting to change.
GROUND CONTROL PARENTING: Beat Summer Slide with Summer Stride!
You may have heard about “ summer slide”, where over the summer students can lose two to three months of progress in math and reading and fall behind when they return to school in the fall. But did you know that by the time a student gets to the 5th grade, the summer learning loss can add up to a 2-3 year education gap?
THOMAS B. FORDHAM INSTITUTE: Most parents still live in Lake Wobegon
On this week's podcast, Bibb Hubbard, founder and president of Learning Heroes, joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to discuss better ways to communicate students’ academic progress (or lack thereof) to parents. On the Research Minute, David Griffith examines the recent AEI study that questioned the relationship between test scores and long-term outcomes.
THE 74 MILLION: 90% of Parents Think Their Kids Are on Track in Math & Reading. The Real Number? Just 1 in 3, Survey Shows
“The education community continues to use a language that parents don’t speak,” said Bibb Hubbard, Learning Heroes founder and president.
THE 74 MILLION: 4 Steps Toward Helping Your Child Get Ready for the Big State Test
Spring is here — meaning it’s that time of year when children across the country are asked to show what they know by taking their state’s annual tests in math and English language arts.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Want an education revolution? Empower parents.
Education policy geeks are perpetually trying to figure out how to move the needle on academic achievement, yet they rarely include parents in the complex calculus of getting children to succeed in school.
Our founder, Bibb Hubbard shares five action steps for effective parent-teacher partnerships.
Good Morning America, ABC
Learning Heroes Founder, Bibb Hubbard shares advice for parents as well as insight from our research as part of Good Morning America's Back-to-School segment.
Learning Heroes Director of Content, Windy Lopez-Aflitto shares our Super 5: Back-to-School Power Moves and her experience as a mom and former teacher.
Allan Golston, President, U.S. Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shares helpful information on the importance of setting goals and how parents can help set their children up for success.
Roland Martin News One Now
Dr. Michael Lomax, President and CEO of UNCF joins Roland Martin to discuss college prep for African American families.
Roland Martin News One Now
90% of black parents believe their child is proficient in reading and math. The reality is only about 18% of 4th Graders are. Learning Heroes Founder, Bibb Hubbard joins Roland Martin to discuss this and more.
Atlanta Journal Constitution
How can we cure the summertime blues and dive into quality summer learning? Learn more from Maureen Downey, host and producer of the radio program Bloomberg EDU.
Our research reveals that 90 percent of Hispanic parents want their children to go to college – a higher percentage than any ethnic group measured. But only 42 percent of Hispanic students are making it to college graduation. Learn more about what we can do to ensure Latino students succeed in school.
How can we close the gap between African-American perceptions and student achievement? Dr. Michael Lomax, President and CEO of UNCF shares his insight in this blog article.
How can we help students of color excel in the classroom? Learn more from this informative Q & A article.
"9 out of 10 parents think their kids are on grade level. Unfortunately, they’re probably wrong." Our research findings are included in this nprEd article.
Read about the disconnect between how well parents think their children are performing academically in school and how students score on tests nationally as our "Parents 2016: Hearts and Minds of Public School Parents in an Uncertain World," research findings are highlighted in this Edweek blog.
Good Morning America, ABC
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