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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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers and Classrooms

Does this sound familiar? Your children have some phenomenal teachers and you’d like to recognize them this holiday season, but you’re not sure what to give. Here's a guide with some ideas you may not have thought of.

20 Ways to Celebrate National Family Literacy Day

Did you know the single greatest indicator of children’s success is the literacy level of their parents? Did you know that parental involvement in their child’s reading has been found to be the most important determinant of language and emergent literacy?

Getting Creative with Cardboard: The Perfect Mix of Learning and Fun

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over my 19 years as a parent is to keep it simple and to look for easy ways to tie together learning and fun. In this post, I take a look at a recent simple activity I organized that did just that.

A Parent’s Call to Action: Leveraging Personalized Learning for Your Child

By: Karla Phillips and Ace Parsi. From the day of diagnosis, parents of students with disabilities begin the long journey of paving paths through a world designed for the mythical “average” person. Here's how personalized learning can help.