Spotlight 2021

Parental Engagement

The Parental Engagement Spotlight is a collection of the most impactful and scalable programs creating stronger school/family bonds from around the world. We're thrilled to announce the 12 Selected Innovators.
The Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution, The Teachers Guild, Kidsburg

Scalable approaches to parental engagement

The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant disruptions to schools around the world, impacting learning  for more than 1.5 billion students. One unexpected result of the pandemic is a growing connection between parents and schools. And that deeper understanding on both sides has been a huge benefit to young learners. Strong and equal partnerships between parents and schools is essential for student success.

After exploring nearly 200 different parental engagement efforts in 49 countries, the resulting list includes a wide range of approaches -- from educational playgroups and programs celebrating language diversity to community-based parent support groups and a program that promotes healthy child-parent attachment.


The Parental Engagement Spotlight Report is a collection of the most impactful and scalable programs creating stronger school/family bonds

In February of 2021 HundrED launched a call for solutions working to foster a deeper connection between schools and families. This initiative was developed as part of the global Parents as Allies research initiative, which focuses on how the partnerships between schools and parents around the world are functioning and how innovations popping up in one part of the world can be adapted to support students elsewhere.

Parents as Allies brings together four organizations — the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, the Teachers Guild x School Retool team at the groundbreaking design firm IDEO, the Pittsburgh-based, family-focused media outlet Kidsburgh, and HundrED. As promising new strategies crop up, these ideas are synthesized and shared in reports like the HundrED Spotlight, in order to help build stronger school-family and teacher-parent partnerships worldwide.




Spotlight: Parental Engagement

Engaging parents and families to help make education more aligned with innovative pedagogy is critical if change efforts to education are to be sustained. Therefore, building trusting relationships and confidence among parents to participate in the education process is essential. 

This Spotlight project aims to identify and promote impactful and scalable solutions that support the engagement of parents with their child’s education. This project is a collaboration between HundrED, Kidsburgh, the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at Brookings, and IDEO with financial support provided by The Grable Foundation.

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Explore education innovations recognized by HundrED as well as innovations from shared by the education community across the world.
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Village TEACH
Village TEACH is a rigorously evaluated program that empowers parents in rural Uganda to improve the quality of education at their child's school.
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Language Explorers
Language Explorers is Mother Tongues’ award-winning language awareness initiative for primary schools. Language Explorers activities are designed to raise awareness of linguistic diversity in the clas
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OneSky for all children
OneSky partners with communities to provide quality responsive care and early education training so vulnerable children can thrive. For over two decades, OneSky has worked with governments to transfor
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Semillas de Apego is a group-based psychosocial program for caregivers with children in their early childhood, that promotes healthy child-parent attachments as a pathway for a proper development amon
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Learn to Play harnesses the power of play to provide high-quality and culturally-relevant early childhood education. We train and equip motivated Mamapreneurs to lead playgroups in their communities.
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The Parental Engagement Report Brings News of the Growing Bond Between Schools & Families Worldwide

The Parental Engagement Spotlight Report from HundrED explores the importance of a strong bond between schools and families and the powerful impact it can have on educational outcomes for millions of children. The report highlights a dozen programs from around the world that are fostering parental engagement in creative ways.

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