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.