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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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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 […]

Expanded Roles and Permissions Increase Effective, Equitable Family Engagement

TalkingPoints is just for classroom teachers, right? Wrong! TalkingPoints can actually be used by so many other people in roles across the school building—or even the district—to communicate with families in an instant. Our Expanded Roles and Permissions allow for these other staff members to play a part in the family engagement experience with ease. […]

TalkingPoints expands platform to full learning and well-being teams to increase effective, equitable family engagement

Nurses, counselors, bus drivers and other critical staff can connect directly with families through TalkingPoints platform, increasing family engagement San Francisco, California (January 26, 2022) — TalkingPoints, a nonprofit working to remove systemic language, access, and technology barriers to effective, equitable, family engagement, announced the expansion of its platform so a student’s full learning and […]