When teachers, families and children communicate, the impact is extraordinary. In fact, family engagement is twice as effective in predicting success than a family’s socioeconomic status. However, many families face barriers imposed by language and access to technology that make communication more challenging. And there, in the middle, TalkingPoints can help.
“Our mission is to unlock the potential of families in being more engaged in their children’s education, especially for under-resourced and multilingual communities,” says founder Heejae Lim.
“I was born in Korea, and moved to England when I was 8 years old. I didn’t speak a word of English, and I saw my Mom in broken English, speaking with my teachers every single day, asking when is homework due, when are they going on the field trip, what can I do to support my children at home. I saw the impact that had on me and my sisters’ education.”
Over 40 million children in America are growing up in multilingual communities. TalkingPoints connects teachers and families in over 100 home languages and provides tools and support to make those communications even more effective. To date, the organization has facilitated over 100 million conversations, bringing people together, breaking down barriers, and changing children’s lives.