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Ed Tech Leader Delivers Powerful TED Talk on the Role of Families in School

TalkingPoints’ Heejae Lim was one of 20 change-makers — and the only education leader — selected through the TED Fellows Program San Francisco, California (August 30, 2022) — Today, TalkingPoints, an education technology nonprofit, shared the release of the TED Talk delivered by its founder and CEO, Heejae Lim. The 5-minute speech titled “The most […]

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WATCH: The most powerful yet overlooked resource in schools

More than 550,000 people have already viewed the TED Talk delivered by our CEO Heejae Lim, entitled “The most powerful yet overlooked resource in schools,” on how with the right tools and support, schools can remove language barriers, foster meaningful connections, and help every student thrive.     Watch the video or read the speech below:  […]

Educators and families: Close this education gap and ensure better student learning

New research finds a gap between the information educators and families need from one another to build strong school-family connections — a critical finding since family engagement translates to better learning outcomes for students.      In short, families want more academic progress and behavior updates from educators, while educators want more information on student […]

The Wall Street Journal Asks: “Why Do Schools Send So Many Emails?”

In this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, family and technology columnist Julie Jargon asks: “Why do schools send so many emails?”  Her response (and ours) is that they don’t need to. They just need to communicate (and listen) in the right ways. Read the full article here on the research that backs up why engaged families […]

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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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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 […]