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Feedback You Can Use: Looping Parents in to Drive Student Success and Culture

Thursday, March 23, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Feedback You Can Use: Looping Parents in to Drive Student Success and Culture

Presented by Maya Sussman, Senior Director of Product, ParentPowered; David Adler, Ph.D., Director of Innovation, ReContext Data Solutions; and Cathy Tran, Ph.D., Researcher and Design Strategist

Sponsored by ParentPowered, creators of Ready4K

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Family feedback acts as a lens, allowing educational organizations to focus and reflect on their practices in a new light. Gathering feedback from parents and caregivers not only opens the door to increased family engagement and involvement, but also provides valuable insights into the attitudes and behaviors of your school community. Family feedback can also help you improve systemwide structures such as curricula and student support services.

As you develop new procedures and pathways to enhance student outcomes, improve retention, and increase recruitment, parent feedback is a critical tool for cultivating a culture that supports positive and sustainable change. View this edWebinar to hear experts share best practices from their experiences leading schools and designing educational products, including:

  • How and when to ask families for feedback and ways to act on it
  • Simple ways to analyze feedback while minimizing bias
  • The importance of creating a feedback loop by following up with families after receiving feedback

Learn how to best leverage parent feedback to optimize learning experiences and outcomes while engaging families as active partners in their children’s education. This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-8 teachers, school and district leaders, and school counselors.

Maya SussmanAbout the Presenters

Maya Sussman is the Senior Director of Product at ParentPowered, where she leads the development of the Ready4K family engagement product suite. Before joining ParentPowered, she developed an English coaching platform for adult immigrants and helped students and teachers get easy access to online learning at Clever. Maya holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. in learning, design, and technology from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education.

David Adler

David Adler, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of Innovation for ReContext Data Solutions. He works with school districts, colleges, State Education Agencies, and education technology companies on issues related to education data, equity, and educational program implementation. Dr. Adler has over 20 years of experience in K-12 systems as a teacher, principal, and district administrator. He has also served in a research capacity at policy and advocacy organizations, such as The Opportunity Institute. Dr. Adler completed his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied the levers of institutional change in schools, with a focus on educational leadership.

Cathy Tran

Cathy Tran, Ph.D. is a researcher and design strategist for educational products including apps, television, museum exhibits, and board games. Her collaborations have centered around crafting educational and engaging experiences for kids while meaningfully involving and empowering parents and teachers. Previously, she led design research at Scholastic, ST Math, and Osmo. She received her Ed.M. in technology, innovation, and education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in learning, cognition, and development from UC Irvine.

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Research shows that families play a powerful role in fostering children’s development. ParentPowered is on a mission to help K–12 districts provide accessible, evidence-based family engagement curriculum, without adding more to teachers’ plates. Our Ready4K program — for PreK through grade 8 — supports, inspires, and activates parents and caregivers with simple, strengths-based insights they can turn into everyday teachable moments. Learn more and request a demo at



Thursday, March 23, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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