IS YOUR TEEN READY FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? GREATSCHOOLS HELPS PARENTS WITH THIS BIG QUESTION

Videos offer tips to parents for skills teens need to be prepared for college and careers


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

image.pngSan Francisco Bay Area, CA, February 4, 2016 — GreatSchools, a national nonprofit organization that helps parents guide their children to successful futures, launched a free, new resource today for parents to help get their teen ready for life in the “real world.”  A series of 13 short videos, The High School Milestones video collection, produced in partnership with Bay Area-based Summit Public Schools,  demonstrates vital communication, academic, and life skills that all high schoolers need to learn real-life skills. Each video, in English and Spanish, is three minutes or less.

“The High School Milestones videos are an important resource because we often hear about ‘21st century skills’ or ‘college readiness,’ but it can be difficult to understand exactly what that looks like in practice. The standards and expectations can sometimes be difficult to visualize,” says Kyle Moyer, academic program manager at Summit Public Schools. “These videos show what critical skills look like and give a set of recommendations for specific ways that all parents can engage their children to develop and grow.”

GreatSchools and Summit worked with teachers, curriculum developers — including the developers of the Common Core curriculum — as well as input from expert research on college readiness to produce easy-to-understand scenarios with practical tips.

“It’s difficult to know how to help a high schooler, and frankly, their homework can sometimes be intimidating for parents,” says Bill Jackson, CEO of GreatSchools. “But videos like, The 1 key skill guaranteed to raise grades and reduce stress, and The surprising math skill that prepares teens for life offer parents easy and powerful ways to talk to their teen about how to succeed in school.”

The High School Milestones video collection is paired with relevant articles and practical advice from the GreatKids Road to College resource center, a collection of information every parent can use to navigate how to help their teen access and pay for college. Funding for development of High School Milestones was provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

About GreatSchools

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit helping millions of parents find high-quality schools, support great learning, and guide their kids to great futures. GreatSchools offers thousands of articles, videos, and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning. Last year, GreatSchools had more than 56 million unique visitors, including more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children. Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools partners with cities and states across the country to promote access to school quality data to families, particularly those in high need. Through its GreatKids program, GreatSchools  promotes parenting for education success and teacher-parent collaboration.

Contact:
Carrie Goux
774-563-0295
cgoux@greatschools.org

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GreatSchools and Innovate Public Schools Launch New, Bilingual School Quality Website for Bay Area Parents during National School Choice Week

Visit the new site:
www.greatschools.org/bayarea

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, January 25, 2016GreatSchools, a national nonprofit helping parents guide their kids to successful futures, and Innovate Public Schools, which works with parents to improve education in their communities, today launched the new GreatSchools Bay Area website.

“Our goal is to better engage traditionally underserved Bay Area families in finding and demanding high-quality schools for their children and their communities,” said Matt Hammer, Founder and CEO of Innovate Public Schools. “Through this partnership, we’re putting powerful, easy-to-understand data in the hands of more parents and connecting them to opportunities to get involved to not only support their own child, but to improve schools across their community.”
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Throughout the Bay Area, too many low-income students, English Learners, Latino and African-American students are being left behind, unprepared for success in college and beyond.  But there are also shining examples of schools that excel in preparing the Bay Area’s young people for success in college and beyond.

“When parents have accurate information about schools in their neighborhood that is relevant to their child, they can make better decisions,” said Bill Jackson, CEO of GreatSchools.  “Now, all parents will have more information to assess local schools, especially schools supporting traditionally underserved groups.”

Thanks to this partnership, for the first time ever, the entire GreatSchools website is available in Spanish nationwide, making school data and information accessible to millions more families. The partnership also includes rolling out new data on underserved students across the site, as well as spotlights to compare schools across a community.

This new, gs_email_3-768x512mobile-friendly site includes school ratings based on academic performance, math and English language arts proficiency rates and college readiness measures for different groups of students.  It also features Community Spotlight pages where parents can explore and compare how well local schools are preparing different subgroups of children in San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose and East Palo Alto.

The new tools and features include:

    • Low-income students test score: Learn how low-income students perform and how it compares statewide to schools that serve a similar student body
    • Student Group Comparison: See how a school is doing for diverse groups of students
    • Nearby school options: See which high-quality school options are nearby in pop-up at the bottom of every school profile
    • Community Spotlights: Compare schools across the Bay Area, as well as spotlights specific to San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Oakland and East Palo Alto
    • Take action: Learn ways to connect and take action to improve education in the Bay Area

Visit the new site:
www.greatschools.org/bayarea

About GreatSchools
Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit helping millions of parents find high-quality schools, support great learning, and guide their kids to great futures. GreatSchools offers thousands of articles, videos, and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning. Last year, GreatSchools had more than 56 million unique visitors, including more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children. Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools partners with cities and states across the country to promote access to school quality data to families, particularly those in high need. Through GreatKids initiatives, GreatSchools promotes teacher-parent collaboration and supports parenting for education success.

About Innovate Public Schools
Innovate Public Schools is a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring that all Bay Area students, including low-income students and students of color, receive an excellent education. We’re building a movement of families, educators, and business and elected leaders who together will make this vision a reality. We build the capacity of parents and educators to innovate and act together to create world-class public schools, and we publish easy-to-understand school quality data and research that highlights both problems and solutions.

CONTACT:

Carrie Goux
774-563-0295
cgoux@greatschools.org

Sierra Jenkins
310-909-6331
sjenkins@innovateschools.org

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PARCC Launches Tool with GreatSchools to Help Parents Understand New Test Results

Resource unpacks meaning of Common Core aligned scores;
helps parents support kids’ learning

SAN FRANCISCO (December 7th, 2015) — GreatSchools, a national nonprofit helping parents guide their kids to successful futures, and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) announced today their new collaboration to assist parents in supporting their kids’ learning by unpacking PARCC test scores through the new GreatKids Test Guide for Parents.

“At GreatSchools, we know parents simply want to understand what the test scores mean and how they can use that information to guide their children to academic success,” said Bill Jackson, CEO and founder of GreatSchools. “Our guide breaks down the scores in a way that is easy to understand and provides concrete tips so teachers and parents can work together to support their children.”

Twenty math and English Language Arts (ELA) teachers from states using Common Core aligned assessments were part of the development process behind the GreatKids Test Guide for parents. Through the lens of their experiences in the classroom, they provided insight into what supports parents need to make the best use of their child’s test results to improve their academic growth. These teachers included members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadres, teacher fellows from America Achieves, and teachers affiliated with Educators for Excellence.

“The PARCC Tool is a fantastic resource for any parent interested in specific suggestions to support their student’s progress towards college and career readiness at home,” said Jessica Moore, elementary English Language Arts teacher and one of the twenty teacher leaders who gave feedback on the Test Guide. “The Standards are unpacked in a way that ensures the information reads like a conversation between parent and teacher, with accessible suggestions for questions, activities and resources that can be used to help children be successful at home and at school.”

GreatSchools developed the Test Guide as a roadmap for parents. The Guide explains, in plain English and Spanish, what students are expected to learn in grades 3-8 and how the PARCC test assesses student learning. It explains what knowledge and skills are needed for each area of the test and which parts are especially tough for kids; and it offers easy ways to boost a child’s skills at home. The guide breaks down PARCC test scores in a way that is easy to communicate, interpret and understand so teachers and parents can collaborate to ensure children’s success.

The Guide — which has also been created for parents with kids in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) states — will support parents in states using PARCC, including: Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio and Rhode Island.

About GreatSchools 

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national nonpartisan nonprofit helping millions of parents find quality schools, support great learning and guide their kids to great futures. GreatSchools offers thousands of articles, videos and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning. Last year, more than 59 million unique visitors accessed the GreatSchools website including more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children. Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools partners with cities and states across the country. Through its GreatKids initiatives, GreatSchools promotes teacher-parent collaboration and supports parenting for education success.

About PARCC

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a group of states working together to develop a set of mathematics and English language arts assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in the next grade and, ultimately, in college and their careers. These assessments were designed from the ground up by educators to be different than previous state tests and to evaluate not only knowledge, but also important skills like critical thinking, problem solving and effective communications. The assessments provide critical information about whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize teaching and learning to meet student needs.

California State Test Scores Aligned to Common Core Released Today

Tool to Explain Test Results & Provide Learning Tips to Parents Released by National Non-profit Education Organization

September 9, 2015 — Oakland, CA — With today’s release of California state test scores tied to Common Core State Standards, GreatSchools, a national nonprofit helping millions of parents support learning, launches the GreatKids California State Test Guide for Parents, an innovative tool designed to help parents and teachers understand the new scores and use them to support kids’ learning.

“The GreatKids Test Guide for Parents will help California parents and teachers bolster their children’s learning,” said Alyson Brauning, Vacaville Teachers Association Vice-President, middle school teacher and parent of a 6th and 11th grader. Sam Blanco III, member of Woodland, CA’s Joint Unified School District school board and father of 7th and 11th graders said, “It’s so very important for me as a school board member and parent to understand not only what these scores mean for our kids, but how we can use them to help them master school curriculum.”

California is part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), which has developed new tests tied to the Common Core State Standards. Today, the California Department of Education releases statewide scores from the SBAC tests taken by California schoolchildren last spring. Over the next few weeks, parents in the state will be receiving their own children’s results on the tests. Parents are likely to have many questions, including: What was my child being tested on? If my child did not meet a standard, why not? And perhaps most important: How can I use these test results to help my child do better in school?

“We aim to support California parents and teachers by breaking down what these scores mean for their kids and helping them support their children in school,” said Bill Jackson, CEO and founder of GreatSchools. “Parents might wonder how to respond when receiving their children’s results,” continued Jackson. “Our guide demystifies the scores so teachers can explain them to parents and parents can discover simple, powerful ways they can support their children’s academic success.”

Created in collaboration with assessment designers, teachers, parents and community organizations, the GreatKids California State Test Guide for Parents is designed to answer these questions and more. Guide content was informed by best practices in parenting for education success and has been carefully vetted by education experts.

To use and/or share the guide, go to CaliforniaTestGuide.org.

About GreatSchools

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national nonpartisan nonprofit helping millions of parents find quality schools, support great learning and guide their kids to great futures. GreatSchools offers thousands of articles, videos and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning. Last year, more than 59 million unique visitors accessed the GreatSchools website including more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children. Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools partners with cities and states across the country. Through its GreatKids initiatives, GreatSchools promotes teacher-parent collaboration and supports parenting for education success.

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New Tools Empower Parents to Help Children Develop Emotional Intelligence

GreatSchools Partners with Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
to Create Social Emotional Learning Tools for Parents, Children

OAKLAND, CA — June 23, 2015 — GreatSchools, a national nonprofit that helps millions of parents guide their kids to great futures announced today in collaboration with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, the launch a new set of tools called “Emotional Smarts.” These tools will help parents help their children develop emotional intelligence, build character, and shape valuable life skills such as independence, resilience, confidence, gratitude, courage, empathy, and grit.

Research shows that students with higher levels of emotional intelligence are more engaged in the classroom, and do better academically. They are also most likely to find success later in life in the workplace and at home.

“Every year at GreatSchools, we help millions of parents who want to guide their child’s success in life,” said Bill Jackson, CEO and founder of GreatSchools. “We support parents through every stage of their child’s education — whether it’s finding the right school for their child, demystifying national education trends and policy, or surfacing new ways for parents to engage in their child’s learning. This new partnership with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence is designed to translate cutting-edge research into practical steps that parents can take to help support their child’s social and emotional learning.”

Based on research conducted at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, home to the original scientific theory of emotional intelligence, the new content and tools that will help parents teach their children how to resolve conflicts, foster positive relationships and build emotional intelligence.

“The sustainability of a strong society requires each of us to use our emotions intelligently.  Research in the area of social emotional learning has shown us that the skills of emotional intelligence impact a person’s ability to thrive personally and academically,” said Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. “The valuable content created through this project will support families in equipping their children with the skills of emotional intelligence they need to succeed in all aspects of their lives, in and out of school.”

The end result of this collaboration is a series of social, emotional learning tools including articles, videos and features, hosted on GreatSchools.org to help parents facing challenges such as homework battles, sibling rivalry, discipline, friendships, bullying and competition.

Among the tools you will find at GreatSchools.org are:

  • Through a child’s eyes — A series of videos that help parents see issues like homework, friendships and sibling rivalry from their child’s perspective.
  • Do you feel me? —  A game that helps children understand and recognize emotions by allowing them to guess the “feeling word” they are watching in a series of videos.
  • Emotional toolbox — Videos, articles and expert advice on parenting challenges and building character in your child.
  • Yale Center For Emotional Intelligence tools — Tools to help your family resolve conflicts, foster parent relationships, and build children’s emotional intelligence.
  • Mad-Sad-Glad Libs — Explore “feeling words” in a fun way!


About GreatSchools:

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national nonpartisan nonprofit that helps millions of parents find great schools, support great learning, and guide their kids to great futures.

The Webby award-winning website, GreatSchools.org, is the nation’s leading guide to preK-12 schools, with profiles of about 200,000 public and private schools and more than one million ratings and reviews by parents, teachers, and students.  In addition, GreatSchools offers thousands of articles, videos, and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning.  Last year, GreatSchools had more than 59 million unique visitors, including more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children.  Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools partners with cities and states across the country.


About The Yale Center For Emotional Intelligence: 

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, co-founded by Dr. Marc Brackett, is home to the original scientific theory of emotional intelligence. The Center conducts research on emotions and the role of emotional intelligence in important life outcomes. The Center also develops innovative approaches to teaching emotional intelligence in school systems and other organizations, and studies the influence of emotional intelligence training on student, teacher, and leader effectiveness. RULER, the Center’s signature approach to teaching emotional intelligence has been adopted by hundreds of public and private schools across the United States, including, most recently large districts such as Bridgeport, CT and Seattle, WA. RULER has been shown to enhance teacher effectiveness, reduce problem behavior, positively shift school climate, and boost academic performance. The Center also works with Facebook on efforts related to both preventing and reducing bullying and state level departments of education and justice to promote the adoption of evidence-based approaches to social and emotional learning.

CONTACT:

GreatSchools
Steve Padilla, Director of Communications
spadilla@greatschools.org
707-330-6559

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GreatSchools Printed School Guide Helps Indianapolis Parents Find Quality Schools

GreatSchools.org printed and online guide helps parents
find the right fit school for their child

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, June 16, 2015: Today, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and GreatSchools announces its annual distribution of the city’s school guide for the 2015-16 school year which compliments the Greatschools.org/Indianapolis website.  The printed guide and website continues to provide Indianapolis families a one stop shop to gain in-depth information such as AP offerings, before and after school care, school clubs, sports and organizations, to help with the selection of a school that will fit the needs and preferences of their children.

Mayor Ballard will be joined by GreatSchools Senior Director of Local Engagement, Jodi Goldberg and Jackie Nytes of the Indianapolis Central Library today to discuss the importance of providing school information resources for parents. Last year, over 10,000 families in Indianapolis used the printed guide to support their school selection and Indianapolis has the highest number of families using GreatSchools.org compared to all other GreatSchools partner cities. The mayor’s Office of Education Innovation collaborated with more than 180 community partners and organizations to ensure this information gets in the hands of Indianapolis residents.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Mayor Ballard and the City of Indianapolis to offer families a valuable resource to help them find schools that best fit the needs of their children,” said GreatSchools founder and CEO Bill Jackson. “GreatSchools strives to make it easier and more accessible for parents to get a great education for their child.”

The online guide at GreatSchools.org/Indianapolis offers innovative filters to help narrow down the school search for families. Parents have the ability to discover schools by searching for transportation services, programs and extracurricular activities.  The partnership with Mayor Ballard and the City of Indianapolis builds on GreatSchools’ longstanding work to help parents make well-informed decisions about their children’s education.


About GreatSchools

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national nonpartisan nonprofit that helps millions of parents find great schools, support great learning, and guide their kids to great futures.  The Webby award-winning website, GreatSchools.org, is the nation’s leading guide to preK-12 schools, with profiles of about 200,000 public and private schools and more than one million ratings and reviews by parents, teachers, and students.  In addition, GreatSchools offers thousands of articles, videos, and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning.  Last year, GreatSchools had more than 59 million unique visitors, including more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children.  Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools partners with cities and states across the country.

Media Contact:
Steve Padilla,
spadilla@greatschools.org; 707.330.6559

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Oklahoma Public School Resource Center and GreatSchools Launch New Website to Help Parents Get to Know Local Schools

New GreatSchoolsOklahomaCity.org website helps
parents find better school 
information


Oklahoma City, OK
, February 17, 2015: Today, the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC) and GreatSchools launches GreatSchoolsOklahomaCity.org, a new website that gives parents accessible information on schools in Oklahoma City.  This allows new residents to more easily find matches to their children’s needs and preferences and current residents to access more in-depth information about their schools.

Parents will be able to discover schools suited to their family needs by searching for academic quality, transportation services, programs, or extracurricular activities of interest.

“Oklahoma City is one of the Top 20 fastest-growing cities in the country.  This growth means there are an increasing number of families looking for information on schools that best fit their needs,” said Oklahoma City Mayor, Mick Cornett.  “The GreatSchoolsOklahomaCity.org website provides an excellent resource for new residents — and also provides an opportunity for current residents to better connect with their local schools and contribute to the conversation about what makes a great school.”

“Families need to know more about schools than just test scores and numbers,” said OPSRC Executive Director Brent Bushey.  “We’re excited to offer parents this additional tool to find the school that best meets their children’s needs and to better engage in their current school community.”

Mayor Cornett, Mr. Bushey, and Leo Olebe, Vice President at GreatSchools will join the OPSRC today to showcase the new resources that the site offers parents.  Last year, nearly 100,000 unique visitors among 33,000 households in Oklahoma City used GreatSchools to inform their choice of schools.  The new site will provide additional and specific information about schools — including reviews by other parents — and important district and community news.

“Parents need, and are looking for, information that will help them support their students and schools as best as possible,” said GreatSchools founder and CEO Bill Jackson. “GreatSchools.org helps them to set their own standards for what their child needs, and find the schools that meet them.”

In partnership with the OPSRC, the GreatSchools Oklahoma City initiative is example of GreatSchools’ work to help parents make informed decisions about their children’s education, offering not only information on schools and districts, but also parenting advice, educational activities, enrollment information, and other resources.

Every year, over 59 million people visit GreatSchools.org to find the best possible match for their children’s needs.


About Oklahoma Public School Resource Center

The Oklahoma Public School Resource Center supports quality public education in Oklahoma by providing resources, expanding network opportunities, and advocating on behalf of public schools.  Membership in the OPSRC is open to all public schools in Oklahoma.  While all public schools are welcomed, we are particularly focused on meeting the needs of rural public schools and charter schools.  Both of these types of schools typically lack a large central/administrative office typically found in larger schools and the technical services offered by the Center are tailored to help address the administrative challenges facing such schools.

About GreatSchools

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national nonpartisan nonprofit that helps millions of parents find great schools, support great learning, and guide their kids to great futures.  The Webby award-winning website, GreatSchools.org, is the nation’s leading guide to preK-12 schools, with profiles of about 200,000 public, public charter, and private schools and more than one million ratings and reviews by parents, teachers, and students.  In addition, GreatSchools offers thousands of articles, videos, and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning.  Last year, GreatSchools had 59 million unique visitors, including more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children.  Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools has local programs and offices in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Washington, DC.

Media Contact:
Jenna Talbot, 202-479-7173
jenna@whiteboardadvisors.com


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New Videos Help Parents Understand Educational Standards

Milestones videos from GreatSchools demonstrate Common Core Standards for grades K-5 and empower parents to understand their child’s progress

OAKLAND, CA — February 4, 2015 — GreatSchools, the nation’s leading non-profit education site for parents, today introduces Milestones, an online collection of videos aimed at helping parents understand grade-level expectations in grades K-5.  Milestones show students demonstrating what success looks like in reading, writing and math, grade by grade.

“There is no better way to gauge how your children are doing in school than to actually see other children their age demonstrate critical skills,” said Bill Jackson, chief executive officer and founder of GreatSchools. “These short, accessible videos provide that necessary benchmark. They are a cornerstone of GreatSchools’ mission: to help parents get a great education for their children.”

In designing Milestones, GreatSchools worked closely with Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit founded by the lead writers of the Common Core that supports teachers in aligning their instruction to the college and career-readiness expectations of the Standards.  Each Milestones video shows real teachers working with students to demonstrate end-of-the year grade level expectations in reading, writing, and math. By seeing what success looks like at the end of the year, parents can get a good understanding of their own child’s educational development.

“National PTA is committed to educating and supporting families as states and schools adapt to Common Core Standards,” said Otha Thornton, president of National PTA, a launch partner for Milestones. “We are pleased to collaborate with GreatSchools and bring the Milestones videos to families nationwide to help ensure they are informed and supportive of their children with their schoolwork.”

The Milestones video collection is also a great resource for school teachers. Educators can share these free videos with parents to help them understand changing academic expectations. Each video on the site is also accompanied by relevant worksheets, booklists and other resources aimed at helping children improve or get ahead.

The development and distribution of Milestones is supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and many others.

The 120+ video collection is now available in English and Spanish on any device or platform at greatschools.org/milestones. Videos for grades 6-12 are coming soon.

About GreatSchools

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national nonprofit that helps millions of parents find  schools and support their children’s learning. The Webby award-winning website, GreatSchools.org, had nearly 60 million unique visitors last year and reaches more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children every year. As the nation’s leading guide to preK-12 schools, the site offers profiles of about 200,000 public and private schools and more than one million ratings and reviews by parents, teachers, and students. In addition, GreatSchools offers thousands of research-based articles, videos, and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning. Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools has local programs and offices in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Washington, DC.

CONTACT:

Grayling
Natalia Garcia, Director
Natalia.garcia@grayling.com
202-739-1322

Or

GreatSchools
Steve Padilla, Director of Communications
spadilla@greatschools.org
707-330-6559

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The City of Indianapolis and GreatSchools Partner to Provide Parents with Access to Better School Information

GreatSchools.org launches new online guide to help parents find the right school for their child

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October 23, 2014: Today, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and GreatSchools announced the distribution of the 2014 Indianapolis school guide and Greatschools.org/Indianapolis.

The website provides a one stop shop for parents to gain better information to help with the selection of a school that will fit the needs and preferences of their children. New to the site is an addition of innovative filters that help narrow down the search. Parents can now discover schools by searching for transportation services, programs and extracurricular activities.

“Indy has a diverse selection when it comes to quality schools, and the new guide released by GreatSchools highlights all that our education system has to offer” said Mayor Ballard. “Families are already seeking out information for the next school year. The guide will help parents make well-informed decisions about where to send their children, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to attend the school that best meets their needs.”

Mayor Ballard and GreatSchools Vice President Candice Santomauro will join Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ferebee and Jackie Nytes of the Indianapolis Central Library today to talk about the new resources for parents. Last year, over 10,000 families in Indianapolis used the printed guide to support their school selection and more than 125,000 people looked for information about Indianapolis schools on GreatSchools.org.

“The website and printed school guide empowers parents to know more about a school than just test scores and numbers. Every student has different needs of their school, and parents are looking for information that helps them find the best fit,” said GreatSchools founder and CEO Bill Jackson. “It is our mission help parents get a great education for their child, and GreatSchools.org will help parents make informed decisions.”

Under the leadership of Mayor Ballard, the GreatSchools Indianapolis initiative builds on GreatSchools’ longstanding work to help parents make well-informed decisions about their children’s education. Every year, over 55 million people visit GreatSchoools.org to search for a school, get parenting advice on a range of topics, and find new activities and resources to help make their children’s education great.

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About GreatSchools

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national nonpartisan nonprofit that helps millions of parents find great schools, support great learning, and guide their kids to great futures. The Webby award-winning website, GreatSchools.org, is the nation’s leading guide to preK-12 schools, with profiles of about 200,000 public, public charter, and private schools and more than one million ratings and reviews by parents, teachers, and students. In addition, GreatSchools offers thousands of articles, videos, and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning. Last year, GreatSchools had 52 million unique visitors, including more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children. Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools has local programs and offices in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Washington, DC.

GreatSchools Cohosts Google+ Hangout: “Bullyproofing Your Child in School and Online”

Part of online series Emotional Smarts: Conversations on Parenting

In the fourth of our series, Emotional Smarts: Conversations on Parenting, two experts share their secrets for banishing bullying: helping parents know how to protect their kids whether in school or online.

We’ve all heard the stories on the media and sometimes over the kitchen table. But what’s a parent supposed to do about this “national epidemic” that strikes so close to home?

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, GreatSchools and Social Moms have invited two of the country’s most informed experts to help parents understand what they can really do to prevent (and stop) bullying in their own child’s life.

Join Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones, and Maurice Elias, author of Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, in conversation with GreatSchools Executive Editor Carol Lloyd to explore the myths, tips, and best practices around bullying that every parent should know.

Join us on Wednesday, October 29 — and jump in with your questions — for a discussion on how to bullyproof your child.

Join us! Who, when, where details…

Featuring

Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones

Maurice Elias, author of Emotionally Intelligent Parenting

Moderated by Carol Lloyd, Executive Editor at GreatSchools

Wednesday, October 29, 11:00-11:30 AM PST (2:00-2:30 pm EST)

RSVP to: http://bit.ly/BESRSVP

Join our #emotionalsmarts live chat on Twitter.

How does our Google+ Hangout work?

Just sign up via http://bit.ly/BESRSVP and add your questions, then log on at 11 am PST Wednesday, October 29th to participate. In this unique forum, you’re invited to join the video conversation by contributing advance and real-time questions and comments via the Google+ Hangout page or via Twitter using the hashtag #emotionalsmarts. If you can’t make the live event, no problem, you can watch it later on GreatSchools or SocialMoms.

About our Emotional Smarts series

GreatSchools, SocialMoms, and social emotional learning consultant Jessica Berlinski created the Emotional Smarts series of Google+ Hangouts to bring together some of the most insightful voices in parenting, education, and other fields to talk about developing emotional intelligence in our kids — and ourselves. Our past hangouts have included a chat about dealing with anger in the family with America’s Supernanny Deborah Tillman and Marc Brackett from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, a discussion of the benefits of letting kids fail with former NBA star Adonal Foyle and NBC parenting expert Michele Borba, and inspirational ideas for a happy school year with family happiness gurus and authors Christine Carter and Bruce Feiler. For each hangout, we pair experts with divergent views to explore a common parenting theme and offer practical wisdom and tactical advice.

About the participants:

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School, and a former senior editor at Slate. Her groundbreaking investigative journalism (and knack for storytelling), coupled with her extensive legal knowledge, make her one of the leading authorities on the shifting landscape of bullying in the cyber age: What constitutes bullying? What can parents, teachers, and educators do about it? What role can personality traits — such as grit, character, and empathy — play in overcoming childhood trauma and finding social success? Her 2010 Slate coverage of the suicide of Phoebe Prince, a Massachusetts high school student whose suicide was linked to bullying, was a finalist for the 2011 Online Journalism Award from the Gannett Foundation and the 2011 Michael Kelley Award for “the fearless pursuit and expression of truth.” She has spoken to audiences from the Aspen Ideas Festival to the Texas Bar Association to TEDxWomen. She is a frequent guest on The Colbert Report. She has also appeared on TodayPBS NewshourMorning JoeFresh Air, and All Things Considered. Her writing has appeared in The AtlanticO: The Oprah MagazineThe Washington Post, and Mother Jones. Her book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, has won widespread acclaim since its release in 2013 and was featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review.

Maurice Elias, Ph.D., has been with the psychology department at Rutgers for more than 25 years in many capacities. His research focuses primarily on clinical, school, and community psychology, particularly in the area of children, adolescents, and families; design and evaluation of preventive interventions; social, cognitive, and behavioral competence; and emotional intelligence. Dr. Elias’ multiple distinguished roles include director of the Rutgers Social and Emotional Learning Laboratory and director of Rutgers Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnerships Program. Dr. Elias has co-authored several books. His latest books include Emotionally Intelligent Parenting: How to Raise a Self-Disciplined, Responsible, Socially Skilled Child; Community psychology: Linking individuals and communitiesBullying, victimization, and peer harassment: A handbook of prevention and interventionUrban dreams: Stories of hope, resilience, and character.

Carol Lloyd, Executive Editor at GreatSchools, is an award-winning writer and editor whose work on education and family life has been published in New York Times Magazine, Salon, EdWeek, and other national outlets, as well as being featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, KQED’s Forum, and NBC’s Class Action.

GreatSchools is a digital media nonprofit that helps millions of parents get a great education for their children, support their children’s learning, and find great schools. Every year, GreatSchools reaches more than half of all American families with school-age children, providing school information, educational activities, articles, and videos.

SocialMoms is a digital media company with one of the world’s largest networks of women influencers — comprised of more than 45,000 bloggers, sites, and social media personalities with a combined social reach of more than 200 million. Founded in 2008 by Megan Calhoun, the company creates high-impact, custom media campaigns that shape perceptions and drive action.

Jessica Berlinski serves as Chief Impact Officer of Adaptive Health Systems (AHS), a new double bottom line company focused on scaling Dept. of Education and National Institute of Health funded evidence-based social emotional learning (SEL) games to K-12 schools nationally. As co-founder of If You Can, she supported Electronic Arts’ founder in launching the first consumer video game designed to build emotional intelligence. Berlinski speaks on scaling SEL through technology at education and social change conferences nationally and her work on SEL has been featured on NPR and in Forbes. She has a decade of experience leading organizations dedicated to supporting the “whole child” through academics and SEL.

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