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Middle School Resource

Building Strong Communication with Your Teen

What's Inside?

Adolescents need their parents. And those parents need your help. Because communicating with pre-teens and teens can be challenging. 

Building Communication with Your Teen provides three research-based methods families can use to connect with their teens. The actions in it are simple, easy-to-implement, and build on everyday moments. 

Available in English and Spanish, this shareable is designed to be read on any device. So your families can use it wherever they are, whenever they need it. 

Download the Shareable

Accessible. Equitable. Evidence-Based.

Leverage the ParentPowered Approach

We know that content is only useful when it’s used. So in everything we create, we ask ourselves "how we can make it easy?"

Our access-first approach includes:

  • Crystallizing a complete curriculum into bite-sized insights and actions
  • Sequencing carefully, with strengths based messages that build on existing family routines
  • Using the most accessible technology: text message
  • Providing the program in English and Spanish, with additional languages available

The ParentPowered Approach has been shown to increase gains by 2+ months over a school year


Middle school is an exciting time of growth and independence. It’s a big transition. Which is why we're right alongside families as they navigate these essential years.

Each week we reach parents with evidence-based tips and activities for helping their middle schoolers build independence, develop strong academic skills, form friendships, make decisions and, cope with emotions. And parents also get tips for navigating the complexities of middle school engagement and their child's amazing adolescent development.

Mom & Son - Academic Supports

Academic Supports

Topics Include:

  • Growth Mindset
  • Academic Socialization & Learning Connections
  • Effective Study & Learning Skills
  • Homework
Mom & Daughter - SEL

Social Emotional Learning

Topics Include:

  • Sense of Self
  • Relationships
  • Independence & Executive Function
  • Emotions & Development
Kids at school bus

Home School Partnerships

Topics Include:

  • Reciprocal Communication
  • Attendance
  • Transitions
  • Advocacy & Involvement
Dad & Daughter - Approaches to Parenting

Approaches to Parenting

Topics Include:

  • Knowledge of Adolescent Growth & Development
  • Reflective Practices
  • Mindsets & Modeling
  • Self-Care

Do you serve economically disadvantaged families?

We have funding for you.

ParentPowered is deeply committed to serving economically disadvantaged families.
That’s why we’re proud to offer an Equity Grant to qualifying organizations — to ensure our high quality family curriculum is available in every community.
ParentPowered Equity Grant awards, which are based on the percentage of economically disadvantaged families an organization serves, help cover a  significant portion of the costs of ParentPowered's digital family engagement program for up to 3 years.

Awards are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Connect with a member of our team to learn more.

"Middle School is almost where parents need to put more of their energy than they did in elementary school versus less."

- Pat Lowthian, Montana Migrant Education Program 

The easiest way to support middle school families

Report Ready Data

The ParentPowered Dashboard includes research-based family engagement data that can be used to meet ESSER, Title I, and grant reporting requirements.

Download the data for your own analysis or use our presentation-ready graphs and charts. End-of-Year Impact Reports show your impact over the year and include powerful parent testimonials.

One-Click Ease

The ParentPowered Dashboard lightens your load while increasing your impact with:

  • One-click enrollment
  • Integrated messaging and surveying option
  • Presentation-quality data visualization
  • And more