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Learn how teachers are using TalkingPoints to connect with families outside the classroom, across language barriers, and much more.

TalkingPoints Looks Back on 2022

2022 is coming to an end, and the team at TalkingPoints is thrilled to see so many new relationships formed and conversations happening between families and educators. We’re honored to help facilitate each and every conversation, along with the student success that stems from building such intentional engagement.   Here’s what we are most proud […]

TalkingPoints Receives Major Gift to Support Actionable Research on Family-to-School Partnerships

San Francisco, California (December 16, 2022) — Today TalkingPoints announced a $1 million grant to support actionable research on how to improve student outcomes by building strong relationships between schools and families.   “Building meaningful family-school partnerships is essential to improving the academic and wellbeing of students, especially historically under-resourced students,” says Heejae Lim, founder […]

TalkingPoints expands languages offered in family-school partnership platform

This year, TalkingPoints added 20 new languages to its family-school partnership platform, which can support more families and schools in building strong partnerships that can lead to improved attendance, course proficiency, and higher test scores for students. That means TalkingPoints now provides access to families and schools across 145 different languages!   The new languages […]

New causal research study shows TalkingPoints improves student outcomes

Research shows the family engagement tool increased academic achievement and attendance for students overall and for Black students, Latino students, students with disabilities and English language learners in a large urban school district   San Francisco, CA — Today, TalkingPoints released a new causal research study, Engaging Families Leads to Student Academic Gains and Increased […]

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Higher scores, lower absenteeism: Read the research

By Kevin Fosnacht, Ph.D. As our CEO and Founder Heejae Lim recently said in her TED Talk:   “A parent is a child’s first teacher and children spend 80% of their waking hours outside the classroom. Research says that for a student to do well in school, a family’s engagement is more important than a […]

5 Examples of Family Engagement

As a professional in the education industry, you’ve probably heard this phrase before: “The key to successful students is the relationship between teachers and the students and their families.” Maybe not exactly those words, but most educators have heard something along those lines that emphasizes the importance of teacher-family engagement. But what does family engagement […]

Family Conferences that Count

Written by Paige DeLozier Rethinking parent-teacher conferences One of the amazing things about American education is that conferences are portrayed as informational meetings for students’ families to learn their current academic standing. That’s it. One-way. There has not been much discussion in teacher training around whether that is the most efficient or beneficial way to […]