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Embracing equity: Why equal opportunities for women aren’t enough to create a more inclusive future
On International Women’s Day, TalkingPoints founder Heejae Lim is celebrated alongside several female entrepreneurs working to advance equity in this piece by Cisco.
Ed Tech Leader Delivers Powerful TED Talk on the Role of Families in School
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 powerful yet overlooked resource in schools,”, argues that the most powerful and underutilized resource in American public education is a family’s love for their children, and with the right tools, schools can remove barriers and facilitate meaningful connections that lead to improved outcomes for students.
TalkingPoints Receives Major Gift From The Asian American Foundation (TAAF)
TalkingPoints, a nonprofit working to remove systemic barriers to family engagement for the benefit of student success and well-being, announced it had received a 2-year, $1 million grant from The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) to support its growth and reach among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) families.
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.
MacKenzie Scott: Helping Any of Us Can Help Us All
TalkingPoints receives transformational $10 million gift from MacKenzie Scott to expand its impact in advancing meaningful, equitable family engagement.
32 Nonprofit Leaders Who Will Impact the World in 2022
TalkingPoints’ Heejae Lim profiled as one of the 32 impactful nonprofit leaders of organizations that will undoubtedly impact the world in 2022.
TalkingPoints’ Heejae Lim selected as TED2022 Fellow
TalkingPoints’ CEO selected as the sole education leader in the 2022 cohort of TED Fellows, joining a class of 20 change-makers from around the world to deliver a talk on the TED stage this April in Vancouver.
Fairfax school finds new ways to connect with immigrant students
Fairfax schools adopted TalkingPoints to bridge language gaps and help underprivileged families overcome technological and communication barriers, allowing parents to send and receive translated texts in many languages, including Spanish, Korean, and French.
“The app was really nice because they would just send them a text message to their phone and they could easily just respond right there and then,” Cabrera said. “And I feel like that also made it less formal. It was more casual, and they could just text me, whenever [the parents] had a question, which a lot of my parents did, like they would just quickly send me a text and I would get it. So, I think it just made the communication easier.”
The untapped parent potential: How COVID has activated families and why schools should take heed
Mahnaz Charania, PhD, details five emerging opportunities for leaders to explore to activate the latent social capital within families to improve students’ experiences and outcomes. Whether they succeed depends on where and how schools activate family networks, and for what purposes.
Analysis: Families Play 4 Key Roles In Partnership With Schools. How Two-Way Communication Makes These Relationships Stronger
Mahnaz R. Charania, Ph.D., looks at how effectively and equitably serving every student will require new models that help schools unlock the potential of families as sources of support for students’ well-being and learning. By weaving families’ aspirations and assets into students’ learning — inside and outside the classroom — schools can make the long overdue shift from one-way communication to two-way, authentic family engagement.
Five Tech Nonprofit Entrepreneurs Who Made A Big Impact In 2021
TalkingPoints’ founder Heejae Lim is featured in this annual celebration of tech nonprofit leaders who are transforming the social impact tech space by pursuing big visions for improving lives through technology.
Google.org And TalkingPoints Team Up To Support Teachers And Students
Fast Forward’s Shannon Farley engages TalkingPoints CEO Heejae Lim and Google Fellow Fiona Yeung in conversaton about how TalkingPoints and Google Org teamed up to support students from under-resourced, multilingual communities.
Supporting Kindergarten Readiness and Early School Success in a Pandemic Year
Despite the many challenges of remote learning, digitally-accessible high-quality instructional materials that supported families to be active partners increased student learning and engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Is COVID-19 Impacting Education for Children From Multilingual Communities?
Talking Points CEO Heejae Lim explains how her organization is bridging communication gaps between families and teachers.
The untapped parent potential: How COVID has activated families and why schools should take heed – Christensen Institute
How can schools redesign parent and family engagement so that students continue to be engaged and successful in their learning both during and post-COVID?
Best Tools for Virtual and Distance Learning | Common Sense Education
Tools to build great learning experiences for remote students. Explore this Best Tools for Virtual and Distance Learning Top Picks list of 18 tools curated by Common Sense Education editors to find relevant and engaging edtech solutions for your classroom.
“The Pandemic Has Made Our Mission More Critical Than Ever”
With TalkingPoints, Heejae Lim, MBA ’15, bridges language barriers between teachers and parents.
Kapur & Srinivasan: Pandemic Is Strengthening the Home-School Connection. How Education Nonprofits Are Boosting Family Engagement to Help Kids Succeed
Correction appended Oct. 19 As of the first weeks of the school year, parents and teachers at 35,000 schools nationwide have been communicating via text messages translated into 108 languages. The platform they use, created by the education technology nonprofit TalkingPoints, has seen a fifteen-fold…
How teachers are trying to reach English language learners during pandemic
Many teachers say they are struggling to connect with English-language learners at home, but are using high- and low-tech methods in an attempt to overcome the digital divide and other challenges.
Pandemic impacting thousands of Syracuse students learning English as new language
Jay Subedi has been a contributing Syracuse community member for about 12 years. Now, Subedi runs his own home health care business and serves on various Syracuse boards and committees. English is Subedi’s second language after Nepali. It’s also the second language for his wife and two children. Fiv…
Using Evidence to Effectively Support Education During COVID-19
In light of school closures caused by COVID-19, millions of students are home for the remainder of the academic year. Philanthropy will play a vital role in the response to this crisis. But how can education funders and donors ensure that they are allocating their resources effectively?
Meet the Edtech Grantees of Google’s $25 Million AI Impact Challenge
Seven years ago, Google’s artificial intelligence technology was barely able to identify cat videos with passable precision. So what can its AI do today when it comes to tackling actual problems—say, famine, flooding, pollution and parent engagement?
New research partnership evaluates innovation in family engagement
Randomized evaluation of the TalkingPoints multilingual family engagement platform will assess the intervention’s impact on student achievement.
Moving from Communication to Engagement: Unlocking the Potential of Underserved, Diverse Families
Communication, conversation, and relationships are the underpinnings of strong family-school partnerships. Yet, with over 350 languages spoken in U.S. homes today
Twilio.org Announces $1.4M in Grants to 15 Nonprofits
Enabling a young mother to access essential nutrition benefits over text. Activating a high schooler’s passion for voting rights through digital engagement campaigns. Every day, nonprofit organizations create innovative communication solutions to reach people where they are and deliver services central to their programs. Twilio.org partners with social impact organizations around the world to build and scale these life changing communications.
Whether Through Texts or Apps, Schools Are Using Technology to Get the Message Out to Students’ Families
Heejae Lim, founder of TalkingPoints, an app that translates text messages from educators into a parent’s home language, likes to tell a story of a San Francisco middle school principal. The administrator wanted to connect with the parents of a Spanish-speaking student at risk of failing. He tried visiting the family at home twice, to no avail.
Straight Up Conversation: TalkingPoints Founder Heejae Lim
TalkingPoints is an education technology nonprofit working to make it easy for any parent to be engaged in their children’s education—especially in low-income, diverse communities. Through a parent education platform with human- and AI-powered translation, we help teachers and parents communicate, build relationships, and understand what effective parent engagement looks like.
Three Languages You Must Master As A Social Entrepreneur
Language and cultural barriers are familiar ground to me. As a Korean who grew up in England and then moved to the US, I’ve encountered plenty of challenges in cultural and language translation. But today I’m becoming less and less of an anomaly. Minorities will make up more than 50% of the United States population by 2020.
TalkingPoints on Asian Pacific America
TalkingPoints is a nonprofit, and our mission is to unlock the potential of low-income, immigrant families in the U.S. to be able to support their children’s learning.
Is Your Startup Really Helping Save the World? These Companies Are
Utah-based Pluralsight’s Create the Future Awards recognize companies changing the world for the better. We met two of them: one teaches tech skills to human-trafficking victims, while another helps bridge language barriers between parents and teachers.
Breaking Down Barriers Between Educators and Families Through Technology
One in four children in the United States is born to an immigrant family, according to the Casey Foundation, and there will be 40 million children born to immigrant or underserved families by 2030. These children are becoming one of the fastest growing student demographics, with states in the South and Southeast seeing the number of English Language Learner students double year after year. Yet school systems, educators, and communities are not adequately prepared or resourced for this pace of change.
Straight Up Conversation: TalkingPoints Founder Heejae Lim
WestEd study of TalkingPoints impact showed that 87 percent of parents increased engagement—by doing things like responding to messages, initiating conversations with teachers, and showing up to school events—after receiving more communication from their children’s teachers through TalkingPoints. This was especially the case for low-income parents of color, with 100 percent of parents increasing their involvement.
6 New Companies Solving Education’s Biggest Problems
We’ve all heard the theory that the most successful businesses have one thing in common: They identify a problem that people have and they solve it. If only it were that simple.
Startups and nonprofits set sights on closing the achievement gap through internet access
Kids growing up in low-income neighborhoods have always faced extra challenges when it comes to keeping up with their middle- to high-income peers. And with the dawning of the digital age, low-income students now face a new, unprecedented challenge: access to high-speed internet.
Nonprofits, not Silicon Valley startups, are creating AI apps for the greater good
Predictions for the potential of artificial intelligence wax poetic — solutions from climate change to curing disease — but the everyday applications make it seem far more mundane, like a glorified clock radio.
A must-have tool for Back-to-School!
The following piece is based on a conversation we recently had with Heejae Lim, Founder and Executive Director of TalkingPoints. As a Korean immigrant student, Heejae saw first-hand the difference between her friends with English-speaking parents who were deeply engaged in their education versus non-English speaking parents who struggled to be involved.
Bridging the Language Barrier with TalkingPoints
As a parent, I can’t even begin to describe how important I think home to school/school to home communication is for my sanity and my child’s success. My son is a bit of a mad scientist, which is all well and good, but have you seen the inside of a mad scientist’s backpack?
A Great Way To Use Tech To Help Teachers Meaningfully Engage With Families
Strong parent-teacher partnerships are key to student success in the classroom. In fact, parental engagement is very effective at predicting student achievement. When teachers and parents are in regular contact about students’ needs, progress, and successes, students feel supported and motivated to try their best in school.
AT&T Aspire Accelerator Selects Second Class of Edtech Startups
STEM is high on the mind of the folks over at AT&T Aspire Accelerator. Three of the six teams selected to participate in its second six-month accelerator program aim to help students code and explore science careers.
$140,000 in Prizes Awarded to Early-Stage Education Entrepreneurs
As the largest competition of its kind, the EBPC features multiple cash prizes totaling $140,000, and awards prizes in two categories – one aimed at Idea-stage companies that are just getting started and Ventures, which already have revenues, grants, customers, or investments.
Three ways tech is reinventing a surprising sector
More than 1 million users. Sixteen billion monthly page views. Ninety-nine percent user engagement. If these sound like stats from tech companies, you’re right. Except these tech companies are nonprofits.
Multilingual Texting Platform Aims to Help Schools Engage All Families
San Francisco-based nonprofit TalkingPoints announced yesterday the launch of a centralized school-wide platform designed to help school officials communicate with all of the families they serve, regardless of language barriers.
Can You Translate That? New App Allows Parents, Teachers to Bridge Language Divide
Parental engagement is twice as likely to influence a student’s long-term success as socioeconomic status, some studies say, but when parents struggle to engage because of language limitations, it creates a big barrier between home and school.
EdTech Tools Receive Recognition for Helping ELLs Learn
Last week, The NewSchools Venture Fund announced the winners of a funding competition designed to find the best edtech tools that are helping English Language Learners (ELLs) learn.
App helps parents, teachers communicate
Amanda Roman, an English as a second language teacher in Elmsford, used to have to translate handwritten Spanish notes from students’ parents for her colleagues.
Google to Bay Area: Vote for boldest nonprofit ideas
Google wants Bay Area residents to pick the groups with the best ideas for transforming local lives. Google.org, the search giant’s philanthropic arm, is seeking public input on its Google Impact Challenge grants to “change-makers and forward-thinkers who challenge the status quo … with big ideas for an even better Bay Area,” as it says on its website.
The Race to Translate: Which Parent Communication Tool Will Reign Supreme?
First, it was parent-teacher communication by texting. Now, ClassDojo and Remind seem to be in a race to share information with parents in whatever native language they speak.
Tech Startups Chase Something Other Than Profits
At a demo day in San Francisco on Wednesday, Joyce Kim’s presentation of her financial tech startup sounded a lot like a tech startup pitching venture capitalists for funding. She scrolled through a slide deck and stood at a podium, sporting a t-shirt of her startup.
TalkingPoints Uses Code As Universal Language To Connect Parents and Teachers
Language barriers don’t exist in a vacuum. Let’s say a parent can’t communicate in English with their kid’s teacher, and that teacher only speaks English. The problem at hand isn’t just a translation issue. It’s a language barrier that limits the parent’s ability to participate in their child’s education, and limits the child’s development.