Mind Brain Parenting Learning Program

In collaboration with Usable Knowledge at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Mind Brain Parenting is launching a "book club" styled socialized learning experience for parents of children in Elementary and Middle Schools.

Our mission is to empower parents with the skills and confidence to apply evidence-based findings from research to their everyday parenting practices.

The 3-week long program is designed to be an intimate relationship-based learning experience for participants, and will consist of no more than 10 parents. Each week, the program facilitator will kick off a discussion topic by providing short articles, podcasts and parenting tips informed by research. The following topics will be covered:

  • Week 1: Building Success at Home
  • Week 2: Technology and Screen Time
  • Week 3: The Science of Resilience

It takes on average 17 years for research to reach practice, and our goal is to bring the latest and most relevant research in child development directly to parents. However, we prioritize the quality of knowledge transfer process over the traditional model of knowledge “dumping.” Instead of overloading parents with information, the program focuses on empowering parents to apply new knowledge into practice, and generate culturally-sensitive insights and skills for themselves. We hope that by supporting parents in their process of understanding, practicing, and distilling new knowledge and skills into their personal contexts, they will serve as knowledge ambassadors to help magnify the ripples of research dissemination within their communities.

Parent Participation Requirement:

  • Parent of at least one child in Elementary or Middle School.
  • Be involved in a PTA/PTO at the local public or private school, or a parent employee affinity group at work.
  • Read the assigned Harvard Graduate School of Education Usable Knowledge articles (no more than 3 articles each week) and listen to Mind Brain Parenting podcasts.
  • Provide feedback and suggestions on how the articles and podcasts can improve to better serve your needs.
  • Apply parenting recommendations from provided resources, and journal at least one parenting experience per day related to the topic of discussion in the private Facebook group.
  • Active participation (i.e. post responses, questions, tips) in the private Facebook discussion group, and in an open and respectful manner.
  • Complete a pre- and post-experience survey to help assess learning and engagement.
  • Provide feedback in a 20-minute phone call within a week after the program.