Enabling School-Family Engagement Through a Multilingual Communication Platform In the United States, more than 40 million children lag behind in educational outcomes; this achievement gap particularly affects students from low-income families. Research has shown that parental engagement is a strong predictor of student academic success, twice as much as a family's socioeconomic status. Strong parent-teacher partnerships are key to student success in the classroom, but many families face challenges to effective school engagement.
TalkingPoints has created a multilingual engagement platform to enable two-way communication between teachers, schools, and families through text messages or a web/mobile app. It uses human- and artificial intelligence-powered translation and personalized supports to eliminate language, time, and other barriers to school-family connection. With nearly a quarter of students speaking a language other than English at home, providing information in multiple languages is essential to reach families in an equitable way. Family engagement has become even more critical with the shift to remote and hybrid learning and without solutions that facilitate effective school-family communication, educational gaps will continue to widen leaving vulnerable students behind.