Our Work in Action
We help state/local education agencies and community organizations strengthen family engagement strategies grounded in trust and focused on learning by sharing research-based communication insights, resources, and proven practices.
Supporting Schools and Districts
Leadership Training Institute
A cohort-based community of practice for school/district leaders. Through a problem of practice and 1-on-1 coaching, participants learn to design and execute a more effective family engagement strategy. Get more information here »
Professional Learning for Educators
A customized 4-part series with real-world video exemplars on how to team up with families–focused on trust building and a shared understanding of student progress and development to advance learning. Get more information here »
We build and customize research based parent- and educator-facing communications. See examples here »
Research with Parents and Educators
Modeled after our national research, we conduct focus groups and surveys at the local level to gain insights on attitudes, behaviors, beliefs, and actions. We also provide communications support to ensure the findings are actionable. See all our research here »
- Leadership Training Institute
Facilitator Guides and Workshops
Developing Life Skills and How Learning Happens
Facilitator’s guide, videos, and more to unpack the connection between social, emotional, and academic learning with families. Get more information here »
Summer REcharge Workshop for Parent Coordinators
An end of year or summer workshop to engage with families about supporting social, emotional, and academic skills. Get more information here »
- Developing Life Skills and How Learning Happens
Parent Teacher Planning Tool and Teacher Guide (TEA Version)
Customized to support STAAR data sharing as part of co-created learning plans with families related to Texas HB4545 legislation focused on learning acceleration for students who need more support to meet grade level.
A Principal’s Guide to Leading in the Time of the Pandemic
Customized for The Leadership Academy, this school leader’s guide provides effective and equitable family engagement strategies and resources.
School Report Card Template
Based on parent research, we created an ESSA-compliant school report card template.
We’ve partnered with South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, and Massachusetts to
incorporate our findings into their state’s school report cards.
Log In and Learn More Campaign
We partnered with Texas Education Agency to create a robust family engagement campaign and resources to help parents access and use the STAAR state test score results in support of their child’s grade level progress.
Starting Smarter Website
We worked with Smarter Balanced and the California State Department of Education to create an interactive bilingual website that helps parents understand their child’s state test score report and how to use it to better support learning at home.
New Mexico Parent Guide
We helped the New Mexico State Department of Education create an online, research-based bilingual parent guide with national and local resources to help parents support classroom learning and build a stronger partnership with their school.
We worked with NWEA to create a parent friendly MAP Growth Family Report as well as a customized Parent-Teacher Planning Tool.
NJPTA and We Raise New Jersey
We partnered with the NJPTA and We Raise New Jersey to conduct research with parents across NJ that informed the coalition and PTA’s efforts and state level communication with parents about supporting learning and engaging with schools during COVID-19. We also customized the Parent-Teacher Planning Tool for them.
We partnered with The Learning Accelerator’s Parabola Project to conduct research with MA parents that informed a statewide COVID-19 communications toolkit. We also supported the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create a parent communications toolkit shared with district leaders across the state and “Good Question!” featuring experts answering parents’ most frequently asked questions about reopening.
New York City Department of Education: Family and Community Engagement Office
We worked with NYC DOE FACE to create a Summer Recharge Workshop for Parent Coordinators to engage with parents and families at the end of the school year and throughout the summer.
Education Initiative Design Sprint: Helping Districts Power Family-School Partnerships
In partnership with Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), we customized resources for their new Future Ready Families website including our Team Up For Success suite of tools to help strengthen school-home partnerships.
Our Family Engagement Resources: Customized Examples
*Parents 2021: Beyond the Headlines
**NAEP, The Nation’s Report Card 2019
Parents Deserve to Know
According to our national survey, 9 in 10 parents believe their child is performing at or above grade level.*
Yet, what percentage of 8th graders nationally are reading at grade level?**