Press Release

PBS, Khan Academy, and Learning Heroes Announce #ParentStrong – A National Town Hall on Supporting Distance Learning
Virtual Online Event will Answer Questions, Offer Guidance & Provide Practical Tips for Parents and Caregivers of Children in PreK-8th Grade

Contact: David Park

Washington, D.C. – September 3, 2020 — As the school year begins, parents and caregivers are being asked to play a more active role in their child’s education than ever before. With this new role, they are looking to experts for advice, guidance and practical tips on how to best partner with their children’s teachers to support learning.  On Thursday, September 17th at 2:30pm PDT/5:30pm EDTPBSKhan Academy, and Learning Heroes will host a virtual town hall online with national experts who will answer parent questions and help them make the most of this very different school year.


Supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the National Town Hall will address the challenges presented by distance learning and hybrid school models, provide expert advice and  practical tips on the issues parents care most about: how to help young kids cope with the variety of emotions they are experiencing, keep children motivated, and help students stay on track academically. Each organization will offer simple, research-based tools and actionable steps that parents and caregivers can use at home.


The National Town Hall will ask parents to submit questions in English and Spanish in advance and will also solicit real time questions. Speakers include Sal Khan, Founder & CEO, Khan Academy; Kristen DiCerbo, Chief Learning Officer, Khan Academy; Bibb Hubbard, Founder & President, Learning Heroes; Windy Lopez-Aflitto, Vice President of Content, Learning Heroes; and Lesli Rotenberg, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS.   


To register for the National Town Hall, parents can go to A telephone number will be provided for parents with unreliable internet access and those who require a Spanish translation.


In addition to the hosts, many collaborating partners have contributed to the success of this National Town Hall. To date, collaborating partners include: National PTA, National Urban League, UnidosUS, Univision, America’s Promise Alliance, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Common Sense Media, Digital Promise, Great Minnesota Schools,, HeIsMe Institute, National Board Certified Teachers, National Geographic Society, New York City Leadership Academy, New York Hall of Science, National Parents Union, National Summer Learning Association, Seek Common Ground, Teach Plus, United Way Worldwide, WNET. 





About PBS
PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 126 million people through television and 26 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a 24/7 channel, online at, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on TwitterFacebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.


About Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy’s platform includes more than 70,000 practice problems, as well as videos and articles that cover a range of K–12 subjects. Our learning system is mastery based, which allows students to master key concepts at a pace that’s right for them before moving on to more challenging content. We partner with school districts across the country and around the world that serve students who traditionally face barriers to academic success. Nearly 20 million learners use Khan Academy every month in 190 countries and more than 40 languages. For children ages two to seven we offer an award-winning free app, Khan Academy Kids. As a nonprofit, Khan Academy relies on donations from foundations, corporations and individuals around the world, as well as earned revenue. For more information, please see research findings about Khan Academy and our press page.


About Learning Heroes

Learning Heroes supports parents and guardians as their child’s most effective education advocate. Using key insights from five years of qualitative and quantitative parent research, we work with state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), education nonprofits, parent organizations, civil rights groups, faith based organizations, businesses, and many others, to reach and engage parents with free, research based tools, resources and communications in English and Spanish. Through these organizations, in 2019, Learning Heroes reached more than 27 million parents, and engaged nearly 4 million with our content. Learning Heroes is a project of the New Venture Fund. For more information, visit  


About Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation’s programs focus on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: education, democratic engagement, and strengthening international peace and security. 



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