But family-school engagement occurs up to 50% less among families in under-resourced, multilingual communities. Remote learning has increased this gap.
There is a 30-50% learning loss predicted as a result of COVID-19, also known as ‘COVID-19 slide’
This is occurring despite mandates on parent-teacher communication as an essential part of hybrid, remote learning
The barriers are high for families and educators working to support students in under-resourced, multilingual communities
Language and culture
1 in 4 schoolchildren speak a language other than English at home. Many families face less familiarity with school systems and may have different cultural expectations.
1 in 4 schoolchildren are born to immigrant families, who are 50% more likely to be from under-resourced communities than non-immigrant families. By 2050, 1 in 3 children will be born to immigrant families.
Capacity and knowledge
80% of children whose parents do not have a high school degree are low-income, and many families have limited time and capacity to support students at home. Many educators have received minimal training on family engagement.
Mindsets and perceptions
Some educators may perceive immigrant families of color as being less involved. Empowering parents’ confidence and self-efficacy can make a difference in supporting their children’s academic success.
1 in 3 students say they have to do their homework on their mobile phone due to limited internet and device access. This rises to nearly 1 in 2 for families with <$30k household income.
TalkingPoints uses technology to systematically tackle each of the barriers above. By empowering teachers and parents to build strong partnerships, we help shift mindsets and build capacity to support students in a scalable, accessible and low-cost way.
Our theory of change
By increasing family engagement in under-resourced communities through the power of home-school connection, capacity-building, and empowerment, we will drive students’ academic success and whole-child development.
Sustainability and scalability
Our three-pronged approach for sustainability
High potential impact
Equivalent to additional spending of $1,000 per student per school year
Low cost per beneficiary
Currently at single digit $s that continues to improve with increasing scale
Earned income model
School and district partnerships drive earned income and keeps the platform free for individual educators and families