GreatSchools Data for Parent Action Convening

December 19, 2018 — In November, GreatSchools convened leading researchers and parent empowerment organizations for a full-day discussion about the barriers parents face and the promising ways to use school and student-level data to power parent action.

The Data for Parent Action convening included groups from more than 20 cities across the country, we learned from leading researchers, were inspired by parent leaders, and discussed promising practices demonstrated by local parent-facing organizations.

Lakisha Young, founder and Executive Director of The Oakland REACH kicked off our convening with a powerful story of determination, passion, leadership and the innovative work of an organization improving educational opportunities for all kids in Oakland, California. Watch Lakisha’s keynote address.


GreatSchools is the leading nonprofit providing high-quality information that supports parents pursuing a great education for their child, schools striving for excellence, and communities working to diminish inequities in education. We are the only national organization that collects and analyzes data from all 51 state departments of education and the federal government to provide analysis, insights, and school quality ratings for parents, partners, researchers, and policymakers. Over 49 million users visit GreatSchools’ award-winning website annually to learn about schools in their area, explore research insights, and access thousands of free, evidence-based parenting resources to support their child’s learning and well-being.

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