When students have a
parent-teacher team behind them,
anything is possible.

Join our national design challenge to create better solutions so students can achieve their dreams. Hear about the themes The Teachers Guild uncovered by talking with parent-teacher teams across the country.
#ItTakesATeam
SIgn Up

Build Empathy

Meet a dream team of parents and teachers working together at Distinctive College Prep Harper Woods in Detroit, Michigan.

Strengthen relationships

Communication

Get real.

Start real conversations, because teachers and parents are both student experts.
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INSIGHT
Hard conversations get easier when parents and teachers trust each other enough to have honest conversations.
Learn more: Parents 2018: Going Beyond Grades
RESEARCH
90% of parents think their kids are performing at or above grade level, when only 33% of students actually are.
Ref: Learning Heroes (2018).
Trust

Find common ground.

Build deeper understanding and use empathy to understand classroom and home needs.
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INSIGHT
When parents and teachers focus on what they have in common — starting with the student — it builds trust.
The Role of Family in a Child’s Success
QUOTE
“Parents and teachers have to see each other as student experts.”
Dreams

Be bold.

Ask students what their dreams are and who’s on their team.
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INSIGHT
Students can reach for the stars, if you give them a ladder.
Learn more: TNTP The Opportunity Myth
INFOGRAPHIC

The Design Challenge Journey

All teachers and parents are invited to dream up solutions together.
Jan 29
SHARE IDEAS
Share ideas in parent-teacher designs.  
Feb 26
COMMUNITY VOTE
Vote on ideas to move forward.
Mar 5
BUILD TOGETHER
Refine concepts with community feedback.
Mar 25
COMMUNITY VOTE
Vote on solutions to be selected for funding.
Apr 5
FAVORITES ANNOUNCED
Celebrate parent-teacher design teams behind favorite solutions.
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Our Dream Team

Thank you to our partners for their inspirational work with teachers and parents.

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Teamwork makes the dream work