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We spend a lot of our time creating and sharing resources for educators and parents (who are often one and the same audience). Time and time again, we observe that families are left out of the equation when it comes to determining the primary audience for education reports, papers and articles—even though they are among the hungriest for informed opinions that can help them. Smart Parents is a blog series for parents, by parents who are navigating educational opportunities + making powerful decisions for and with their students. Learn more in Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning.

Smart Parents

Home Series Smart Parents
We spend a lot of our time creating and sharing resources for educators and parents (who are often one and the same audience). Time and time again, we observe that families are left out of the equation when it comes to determining the primary audience for education reports, papers and articles—even though they are among the hungriest for informed opinions that can help them. Smart Parents is a blog series for parents, by parents who are navigating educational opportunities + making powerful decisions for and with their students. Learn more in Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning.

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Thinking Outside of the Gift Box

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By: Erin Gohl and Kristen Thorson. Giving an experience-based gift can provide many layers of enjoyment and connection and help to build a rich family culture.

Empowering Students Through Choice, Voice and Action

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By: Kristen Thorson and Erin Gohl. Children should have the choice to contribute their voice to our social and civic dialogue. Here’s how teachers and parents can create a space for kids to develop their thoughts, share their opinions, and take action.

Small Talk, Big Benefits: Adding Conversations to Reading and Everyday Moments

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By: Erin Gohl and Kristen Thorson. Reading with children has a plethora of developmental benefits. Recent research suggests dialogic, or conversation-based, reading can even further broaden and deepen the benefits of the reading experience.

10 Strategies for Schools to Improve Parent Engagement

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By: Jennifer Larson. The key to productive and positive parent engagement is a consistent and simplified flow of communication between school, home and all other stakeholders. Schools can take advantage of best practices to give parents more visibility into their child’s day-to-day.

Family Technology Pact: Why You Need One and the Hidden Benefits

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By: Rachel Wigglesworth. Everyone uses digital media nowadays. How can we navigate what is an appropriate amount of use with our families? Rachel shares how she is trying a family "technology pact."

Families are Fundamental: Takeaways from The National Center for Families Learning Conference

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Research shows that family engagement in learning has marked positive effects on learning measures across all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. How can we get more families engaged in their children's learning? This conference provided some fresh ideas.

4 Tips to Building a Bridge Between Parents and Teachers

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By: Jose Loera. A community outreach and engagement manager shares his district’s best practices for keeping families connected to their children’s education.

Kids Can Thank Mom by Making a Meal Themselves

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Let me preface this section by saying I am not an expert at having kids make the meal. I always marveled at those parents who had an amazing menu plan and activated a rotation where everyone takes responsibility to cook one meal, rotate chores, and so on. We just haven’t been that family and our schedules have never felt that predictable. So, we’ve done more “opportunistic” cooking.

Getting Smart Gift Guide | 10 Gifts that Teach SEL

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Team Getting Smart knows that prioritizing SEL is important, but we also recognize that it can be hard to do. Which is why we created a list of some of our favorite toys, books and apps that foster social-emotional learning.

Treasure Hunting for Education

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At the time, I didn't realize just how much I was learning through my dad's treasure hunt. In retrospect, I see he gave us real-world experience at solving problems in a collaborative setting, helping us to think on our feet and use the what we had on-hand to find answers.

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