The noise of conflicting parenting advice is getting louder and it feels like the rules are changing, but where’s the roadmap for raising a happy, successful human being?
Parents, families, and caregivers are asking:
Prepared Parents builds on the book, Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Future to find answers to these pressing questions. We pull from the best of learning science to create tips and tools to help parents focus on what matters most. Our goal is to be a trusted resource – a trusted friend – who’s right there with parents in the day-to-day. With the addition of UNBOXED, a free digital learning kit for kids in grades 4 – 9 that promotes academic and social-emotional learning along with the habits and skills that lead to success, Prepared Parents is equipping parents to effectively respond to their concerns.
In Prepared, author Diane Tavenner shares her journey as an educator, mother, and leader of one of America’s most innovative public-school networks. She gives parents a roadmap to prepare their children to succeed in college, thrive in today’s workplace, and lead secure and fulfilled lives.
UNBOXED is a free digital monthly learning kit that focuses not only on academics, but the habits and skills that help a kid be successful not only in the classroom, but in life.
Each month, Prepared Parents introduces a new complete learning experience for students in grades 4 – 9. Included with a learning project are tools to develop the important Habits of Success and universal skills to support learning in the school and elsewhere. UNBOXED is designed for the parent or caregiver who is helping kids learn at home, the community organization or enrichment program supporting remote learning, and the learning pod leader working with mixed-age groups.
Learning must evolve beyond academics to include habits and skills that prepare all kids for success in life. Prepared translates learning science into actionable Tips, Tools and Activities that enable parents to take the lead at home. And, we help you champion change at school.
UNBOXED Guest Master Teacher, Noel Perkins, has a vision for making math accessible to all students and confesses to being super passionate about the subject. She’s designed the November UNBOXED kit to ignite kids’ passion for math, too.
Executive Director of Prepared Parents
At the end of the day, I want my kids to be good human beings. I want them to know who they are, what they care about, and how to chase after it. And, I believe all children deserve that opportunity.
Parents spend countless hours helping their children learn to say their first word, take their first step, and read their first book. But when it comes to helping them make good decisions and become independent adults, the path isn’t always clear.
The Prepared approach helps kids build skills through real-world learning, self direction, positive relationships, and collaboration. We take common parenting situations and — based on leading psychology and research and learnings from nearly two decades of working with thousands of students — offer actionable activities, tips, and tools parents can build into their daily life.
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The founder of Prepared Parents, Mira is a creator, builder and storyteller dedicated to transformative change for children and families. She is the former Chief External Officer of Summit Public Schools, with previous leadership experience spanning nonprofit sectors. Mira is also the parent of two young, energetic boys who both exhaust her and leave her awed on a daily basis.
Parneet is a seasoned executive with 15+ years in leading marketing and growth teams at Gartner, American Express, and Martha Stewart, and growing teams from scratch at high-growth startups. She believes that every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, and is an ardent believer in Education being the entrée to that. Parneet is a New York City transplant, and lives in Austin with her husband and son.
Amie joins Marshall Street as the Chief Operating Officer of Prepared Parents, after spending more than a decade in K-12 public education as a strategy consultant and in the charter school and education nonprofit sectors. Amie has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Yale University, and a Master’s in Education Leadership through The Broad Residency. Outside of work, Amie enjoys spending time with her toddler and going to the beach.
As the mother of five, Susan has always put her role as mother first. She has worked in education for more than a decade and has extensive experience in media. Susan has created content for several websites and authored more than 200 articles on parenting, education, and women’s issues.
Drawing on two decades as a teacher and school leader, Prepared author Diane created a first-of-its kind education model that prepares kids for college and a good life after graduation. She often jokes that she has two children: her son, and Summit’s flagship school, born the same year.
Adam is the Executive Director of Marshall Street and former Chief Academic Officer of Summit Public Schools. A lifelong educator who has taught and created educational programs in the United States, Indonesia, and Argentina, Adam loves working with fiercely-driven leaders who strive for an excellent and equitable system of education for all students. He also loves his two young kids and two old dogs.
Eileen is an educator, author, and entrepreneur. After decades as a teacher, school leader, and district administrator in Chicago Public Schools, Eileen built ThinkCERCA, a platform for literacy used in all 50 states and in schools across the globe. She is an Unreasonable Fellow and a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and has been recognized as one of 2018 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs and one of 35 World-Changing Women by Conscious Business.
As the Director of Development for Summit Public Schools, Wilita brings experience in development, finance, and program management. Additionally, Wilita serves on several nonprofit boards to advise, consult, and execute services to support holistic education and the development of youth within marginalized communities nationally and internationally. Wilita received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fresno State University and later earned a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of San Francisco. Whether playing soccer, building puzzles, or reading with his two girls, he loves engaging in activities that contribute to their holistic wellbeing.
With nearly two decades in the classroom as a teacher and school leader at Summit Public Schools, Kelly is now the Chief of Staff supporting Summit’s 15 public schools. She is featured in Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life as the founding History teacher of Summit Prep. Kelly is the parent of two kids who have taught her what it means to love fiercely and passionately, even when you are wondering why they just cannot put the towels in the bathroom
As Co-founder and Senior Vice President of Populace, Parisa — who has a Harvard Doctorate in Human Development and Learning — spends her time studying and thinking about individuality. She helps her three daughters understand what they care about and what they are trying to accomplish by running at-home experiments. Together, they hypothesize, test and explore, making learning more fun and personal.
Also a Co-Founder and President of Populace — and a professor with Harvard’s Graduate School of Education — Todd focuses on the connection between individuality and fulfilled lives. He also authored the bestselling The End of Average and Dark Horse, and is father to two boys.