Since 2016, we’ve worked to give parents an accurate picture of their children’s development and achievement, yet we see through the trends in our data that gains have been modest and place-based. To truly serve all students, and underserved students in particular, it is time to strengthen and create systemic communications that knit families and schools together, centered around delivering an accurate and holistic view of student progress.
We believe the trends in this report point to an urgency for collective action to help ensure parents have access to what they deserve – an opportunity to most effectively support their children’s education.
Building on previous Learning Heroes research, we delved into why nine in ten K-8 parents believe their child is on grade level, despite the fact that teachers report less than a third of their students show up prepared for grade level work. Parents deserve to know if their child is performing at grade level, so they can best advocate for their child’s success in school. This report includes a deep segmentation of parents nationally with children in grades 3-8 to be more responsive to various parenting styles. It also includes our first-ever nationally representative survey of grades 3-8 public school teachers. We found that providing parents a little information about their child’s and school’s achievement goes a long way in giving parents a more accurate picture of their child’s progress. Contact us for more information about the research and/or the Puzzle to Plan Family Worksheet pilot tool.
Informado por el estudio Developing Life Skills in Children: A Road Map for Communicating with Parents (Desarrollo de habilidades de vida en niños: guía para comunicarse con los padres), Learning Heroes se asoció con la Comisión Nacional sobre Desarrollo Social, Emocional y Académico para proporcionar recursos para usar con familias. El objetivo de estas herramientas de comunicación, incluidos videos, recursos de redes sociales y guías de talleres, es ayudar a motivar a las familias, cuidadores y educadores a apoyar y crear las condiciones en las que todos los estudiantes aprenden mejor. How Learning Happens ofrece una oportunidad para los individuos y organizaciones que trabajan para integrar las dimensiones sociales, emocionales y cognitivas del aprendizaje en nuestras escuelas y comunidades. Todos los recursos que se incluyen aquí, incluyendo la Guía para el facilitador del taller de desarrollo de habilidades de vida, tienen el propósito de apoyar tu trabajo en el contexto de tu comunidad. Considera estas herramientas tuyas para adaptar y modificar.
Research shows that children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development are deeply intertwined, like the strands of a rope, and come together to create successful adults. To help educators and community leaders understand how parents feel and talk about the development of these skills in their children, and the role they see for schools and after-school settings, Learning Heroes conducted a series of 10 focus groups and a nationwide survey of more than 2,000 parents who have children in K-8 public schools and used parents’ insights to create resources that educators can use to explore this topic further. The Developing Life Skills in Children: Roadmap for Communicating with Parents focuses on the parents of elementary and middle school students because this is when parents are first likely to be introduced to these concepts by schools. Developing Life Skills has been published in the Journal for Higher Education Theory and Practice, a publication of North American Business Press.
Building on the insights learned through the Developing Life Skills in Children study, Learning Heroes partnered with the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development to provide resources for the How Learning Happens Communications Playbook. The goal of these communication tools including videos, social media assets and workshop guides, is to help motivate families, caregivers, and educators to support and create the conditions in which all students learn best. How Learning Happens offers a meta-frame that can be used by all individuals and organizations working to integrate the social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of learning in our schools and communities. It aims to align families and educators in a way of viewing and understanding the integrated nature of how learning happens and to motivate them to pull these practices into their own communities, schools, and classrooms. All of the resources here including the Developing Life Skills: Parent Perspectives Workshop Facilitator’s Guide are meant to support your work in the context of your community. Consider these tools yours to adapt and modify as needed.