Our Work in Action

We help state and local education agencies and community organizations strengthen their family engagement strategies by sharing research-based communication insights, resources, and best practices.

We’ve listened to thousands of parents, teachers, students, and educators in 25+ states through more than 200 focus groups, more than 10 national quantitative surveys, as well as ethnography sessions and in-depth interviews. We provide research-based support on effective, clear, and action-oriented communications with parents. This includes:

  • Technical Assistance: Research-based communications support to help build organizational capacity around family engagement (e.g., improved school performance reports, student score reports, parent portals).
  • Customized Resources: Ready-to-use or customized family engagement resources with your logo and highlighting local programs (e.g., webpages, take-home flyers, social media content).
  • Professional Development and Workshops: Training and workshops to share research insights, actionable best practices and resources.

Short list of technical assistance and partnerships:

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    NWEA

    We worked with NWEA to create a parent friendly MAP Growth Family Report as well as a customized Parent-Teacher Planning Tool.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    Massachusetts

    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.

  8. 8

    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.

  9. 9

    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

A Principal's Guide to Leading in the Time of Change

Customized for The Leadership Academy, this school leader's guide provides effective and equitable family engagement strategies and resources. 

Ready to Partner

Co-branded for NYC DOE Family and Community Engagement (FACE), this interactive webpage and tip sheet helps parents start the school year strong and connects them to resources to support learning at home.

Paths to Success

Customized for organizations in DC and San Antonio, this interactive webpage and tip sheet helps parents set their child up for success in high school and beyond.

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*A Year into the Pandemic: Parents’ Perspectives on Academics, State Assessments, and Education, Learning Heroes and National PTA

**NAEP, The Nation’s Report Card 2019

Parents Deserve to Know

According to our national survey, nearly 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?**

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