TalkingPoints helps parents be more involved in their child’s education and this improvement is more pronounced for non-white, non-English speaking parents.
We partnered with WestEd to measure our impact on building strong parent-teacher partnerships and increasing parent engagement, especially for immigrant, low-income families of color. The participating schools in our study have high ELL and FRL student populations. 80% of the students were non-white and the teachers were English-only speakers. This is representative of the changing student demographics in the U.S., while teacher demographics continue to remain the same. Over 80% of public school teachers in the United States are white, middle class, and female (Walker, 2016), while there are 10 million low-income, diverse, immigrant and often non-English speaking students (this will grow to 20 million by 2030).
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