Dealing with so-so teachers
Take charge of your child's education by making the most of a less than ideal instructor.
Your child is gifted… now what?
Your child’s gift comes wrapped in challenges. Learn why parents often struggle to get their gifted children's intellectual and emotional needs met.
Be your own best advocate
How to avoid lawyers and still get what your child needs out of special education.
Parent power: one mom propels a turnaround of her neighborhood school
How a Chicago mother propelled a turnaround for her neighborhood school — from mediocre to marvelous.
Parents get involved to transform schools
Parents aren't just sitting on the sidelines anymore. They're actively involved in schools, and it's paying off in surprising ways.
Extended school year services: What you need to know
ESY services are not the same thing as summer school. They’re specialized instruction or related services that are part of your child’s IEP.
Reinforcing your child’s IEP goals over the summer
Consider ways to make sure your child works on her IEP goals over the summer — through the school, a summer program, or your efforts at home. Here are some guidelines.
Accommodations: What they are and how they work
Accommodations are changes that remove barriers and provide your child with equal access to learning. Accommodations don’t change what your child is learning — they change how your child is learning.
School discipline: The rights of students with IEPs and 504 plans
Learn your child's rights when it comes to school discipline.
Education rebel with a cause
Until recently, local school boards were run mostly by political players. This Oakland dad represents a new breed of parents who are taking power into their own hands.
15 rights parents have in public schools
From making sure your child is safe to defending her freedom of speech, here is what you are allowed, without exception.
8 surprising things parents have no control over in American public schools
From teachers spanking your children to the state demanding they get flu shots before being allowed to attend, here's what you have no control over in your school.
GreatSchools’ weekly grade-based newsletters empower parents to support their child’s academic and social-emotional learning. One reader shares the role the newsletters have played in her life.
4 things that make kids more likely to succeed
Research shows students are more likely to go to college when these factors are in play.
Avoid getting stuck under EL label
No matter where you are in the process, there's something you can do to keep your child from getting unnecessarily stuck under the EL label.
What you need to know about the ELL label
One checked box can doom a child to low-level classes for years. Here's what you need to know about the ELL label.