Back-to-school means back to checking emails, texts, apps and social-media pages for notes from teachers. For parents, managing school chatter can feel like another full-time job. What if schools agreed on one channel for communications? The Wall Street Journal finds that TalkingPoints was named as the best family communication platform for teachers and schools.
Heejae Lim, founder and CEO of TalkingPoints, and Peng Zhao, Citadel Securities CEO and founding board member of The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), share the importance of family engagement – especially when it comes to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and families – drawing on their experiences as immigrants to this country who understand the power of family engagement in education.
In Ohio district where English learners have nearly doubled in just three years, TalkingPoints helps break down communication barriers.
Pickerington Schools more than doubled family engagement using TalkingPoints to send two-way translated text messages between parents and school employees including teachers, guidance counselors, school nurses, and even bus drivers.
Statistics show that 65% of the districts’ families use the platform, and 73% of them rate TalkingPoints as “highly effective.” As Michael Chiodo, principal at Lincoln Annex school notes, “To use the words of some of my teachers, it was a game-changer.”
TalkingPoints receives transformational gift from MacKenzie Scott to advance meaningful, equitable family engagement for students
The $10 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott will allow TalkingPoints to accelerate its ambitious plans to improve the academic success and well-being of tens of millions of under-resourced students by rapidly scaling its approach.
Pickerington Local School District in Ohio is using the TalkingPoints translation app to better communicate with the families of students who are learning English. Elizabeth Curtis, English-language coordinator for the district, says the app has been well-received by teachers and families.