Parent Mindsets

To help you support your children’s learning and growth, we listen to you and parents all across the country. We ask about your worries, goals for your children, what you know a lot about, and where you want to know more. What we learn helps us improve the actionable tools and resources we develop and curate for you.

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December, 2018

Parents 2018

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Parents 2018
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.
September, 2018

Developing Life Skills in Children: A Road Map for Communicating with Parents

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Developing Life Skills in Children: A Road Map for Communicating with Parents
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.
September, 2018

How Learning Happens Communications Playbook

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How Learning Happens Communications Playbook
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.
August, 2017

Parents 2017: Unleashing Their Power & Potential

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Parents 2017: Unleashing Their Power & Potential
When it comes to raising children, we hear two stories: confidence in academics, yet an increasing anxiety about children’s social and emotional well-being. In fact, nine in ten parents believe their child is at/above grade level in both reading and math. But, when we look at both state level and national student performance data, only about 1/3 are performing at grade level. This report reveals more about why this perception gap exists, the high aspirations parents hold for their children, their deep dedication and areas where parents are seeking support.
April, 2017

Parents 2016: Hearts & Minds of Parents in an Uncertain World

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Parents 2016: Hearts & Minds of Parents in an Uncertain World
This report offers insights into the hearts and minds of America’s parents. There are deep areas of concern, including fears surrounding what they feel they cannot control, such as peer pressure, bullying, physical safety, and the Internet/social media. But much of what we heard is reassuring, especially the depth of parents’ engagement in their child’s education and emotional well-being. Most parents express high expectations for their child, take primary responsibility for their child’s success in school, and communicate frequently with their child’s teacher.

“Parents 2017: Unleashing Their Power & Potential” and “Hearts & Minds” are both nationally representative surveys of K-8 parents.

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