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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 […]

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What Is Equitable Family Engagement?

It’s a well known fact that the more families are involved in their students’ studies, the better the students perform. But in a time where “equity” is a buzzword in education and students have moved from completely remote classes, to some hybrid form, to going back to school and some sense of normalcy, it’s difficult […]

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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:  […]

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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 […]

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 […]