Learning Heroes and CCSSO’s 2020 National and State Teachers of the Year Team Up to Answer Pressing Questions from Parents & Caregivers About Online Learning

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Washington, D.C. (November 12, 2020) – Learning Heroes and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today launched AskATeacher, an online platform where parents and caregivers of preK-8th grade students can ask questions about online learning and get answers, guidance, and practical tips from the 2020 National and State Teachers of the Year. AskATeacher is a continuation of the #ParentStrong Town Hall, where more than 2,100 questions related to distance learning, screen time, social and emotional learning, motivation, and academics have been submitted. 

“Our research has found that parents want to lean into their child’s education this school year, and the AskATeacher questions clearly illustrate that,” said David Park, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Communications, Learning Heroes. “Now more than ever, regardless of whether their child is learning remotely, in a hybrid environment, or in-person, parents are looking for information, tips, and resources to support learning and growth.” 

“Teachers are eager to help parents try and navigate this new normal, and through CCSSO’s National Teacher of the Year program, the 2020 National and State Teachers of the Year are ready to team up with families to answer their most pressing questions about academics, social and emotional development, motivation, and screen time,” said Monica Taylor, Senior Program Director of School Leadership, Teacher Workforce, and Continuous Improvement at CCSSO. “We are excited to participate in this important and timely initiative to support student success.”

Parent questions and teacher responses will be available via both text and video at www.bealearninghero.org/askateacher, where parents can ask questions in both English and Spanish. 

AskATeacher is the latest addition to the #ParentStrong Resource Guide, which was recently launched along with 25 other parent, education, and civil rights organizations. The #ParentStrong Resource Guide includes links to more than 75 free resources in English and Spanish, for parents of preK-8th grade students. 

In addition to Learning Heroes and CCSSO, #ParentStrong partners include Khan Academy, PBS, National PTA, National Urban League, Univision, UnidosUS, GreatSchools, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Common Sense Media, National Geographic Society, United Way, Chiefs for Change, Digital Promise, Teach Plus, America’s Promise Alliance, NSLA, Data Quality Campaign, Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Understood, Great Minnesota Schools, Power My Learning, He Is Me, EdNavigator, Surge Institute, National Parents Union, New York Hall of Science, NYC Leadership Academy, Springboard Collaborative, and Seek Common Ground.


About Learning Heroes

Learning Heroes supports parents and guardians as their child’s most effective education advocate. Using key insights from five years of qualitative and quantitative parent research, we work with state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), education nonprofits, parent organizations, civil rights groups, faith based organizations, businesses, and many others, to reach and engage parents with free, research based tools, resources and communications in English and Spanish. Through these organizations, in 2019, Learning Heroes reached more than 27 million parents, and engaged nearly 4 million with our content. Learning Heroes is a project of the New Venture Fund. For more information, visit www.bealearninghero.org.  


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

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