George Lucas Educational Foundation

Parent Partnership

For parents who are interested in engaging more deeply with their kids' teachers and school communities.

  • How Parents Can Help Their Kids With Studying

    Advice that teachers can share with the parents of middle and high school students about how to get the most out of time spent studying.
    Blake Harvard
  • Personalized Texts Are Cheap, Useful Nudges

    Studies show using quick text messages can improve parent engagement, attendance and achievement.
  • The Power of Positive Communication

    Setting a goal of positive contact with every student’s family helped a middle school teacher deepen relationships and boost her own morale.
  • 15 Questions to Replace ‘How Was School Today?’

    These questions will help you draw out important information from your kids.
    Elena Aguilar
  • Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher

    Back-to-school content is usually focused on teachers and students, and as these two groups will have the largest workload ahead of them, that makes sense. But for students, the ultimate support system is not an expert teacher, but an informed and supportive family.
  • Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents

    Introducing computer programming to your kids can be a challenge, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the nuances of code. Fortunately, in the last few years, a number of apps, software, and guides have been produced that make the often-complex subject of computer coding easy to grasp for young learners. So where to begin? These are a few resources that parents can share with their kids to help them start learning about programming.
  • An Appeal to My Child’s Kindergarten Teacher

    Educators face challenges, funding issues, and problems beyond their control. But for each student and family, it’s all about the relationship they will have with their child's teacher.
  • 7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

    A set of questions that will help teachers form partnerships with parents in support of their children’s learning.
  • Building Trust With Parents

    Suggestions for how to make back-to-school night a hit for you and your students’ parents.
  • Teaching Good Study Habits, Minute by Minute

    With clear goals, timed exercises, and games, parents can help design home-study habits by tailoring them to their students' visual, kinesthetic, musical, or social strengths.
  • 5 Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Browse a curated list of resources for improving parent-teacher conferences, including ideas for highlighting student progress, ways to encourage students to take the lead, and questions every parent should ask.
  • When Students Lead Parent Conferences

    Revising the traditional parent-teacher conference allows middle school students to develop leadership and organizational skills.
  • Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing

    Check out these useful suggestions for teachers when sitting down with parents.
  • What Neuroscience Reveals About Bullying by Educators

    Neuroscientific evidence suggests lasting damage to the brains of teenagers subject to the so-called benefits of "tough love" practiced by educators.