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Growing Recognition of Family Engagement’s Role in Student Success… and of TalkingPoints

Photo by Ryan Lash, TED, 2022. The movement to strengthen family-school connections is rapidly gaining momentum across the country. Don’t take our word for it. In a major address delivered in January, US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona outlined a series of priorities. The very first one he mentioned?  “Engaging families as core partners to […]

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Why Family Engagement Matters and Four Ways to Build the Family-School Connection

Written by Paige DeLozier   Families can be one of the greatest untapped assets schools have to support students and send student success soaring—if only everyone knew this secret and how to leverage the power of engagement! Fortunately, we’re at a point in time when family engagement is gaining the recognition it deserves. In a […]

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AAPI Communities & Family Engagement

In case you missed it, we wanted to share this recent Chicago Tribune OpEd about the importance of family engagement, especially with regard to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and families. It was penned by Citadel Securities CEO Peng Zhao, founding board member of The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), and TalkingPoints founder and […]

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TalkingPoints Receives Major Gift From The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) To Increase Family Engagement With AAPI Communities

TAAF Grants $1 Million to TalkingPoints to Better Serve the Country’s 2.7 Million AAPI Students and their Families   Read the op-ed in The Chicago Tribune: “We are both immigrants and, despite our personal achievements, we both know what it’s like to feel invisible in the classroom and in everyday life. We know that schools […]

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Utilizing ESSER and ESSA (including Title I and III) funds for family engagement

As year-end funding and strategy decisions progress in schools around the country, administrators and decision-makers are tasked with finding impactful options for their federal ESSER and ESSA (including Title I and Title III) dollars. TalkingPoints has connected 4 million teachers, administrators and school staff with the families they serve, particularly those from the most vulnerable […]

TalkingPoints receives transformational gift from MacKenzie Scott

San Francisco, California, March, 24, 2022 — TalkingPoints, a nonprofit dedicated to removing systemic barriers to family engagement in education, today announced it has received a $10 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. The contribution, the single largest gift in the organization’s history, will allow TalkingPoints to accelerate its ambitious plans to improve the academic […]

TalkingPoints CEO Selected as a TED Fellow

Heejae Lim is the sole education leader selected to present at TED2022 San Francisco,California (February 22, 2022) — Today, TalkingPoints, a nonprofit working to remove systemic barriers to family engagement, announced that its founder and CEO Heejae Lim has been selected as a TED Fellow. As part of the Fellowship, she will deliver a talk […]