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Partnering with families is a critical part of ensuring a high quality educational experience for all students. Research shows that students are more successful in school when their families are involved in their education. But without adequate structures and effective tools in place, traditional family engagement initiatives often fall short of truly involving families - particularly when language barriers are present.
At school, the combination of packed teacher schedules, large class sizes, and language barriers can create significant obstacles in implementing effective and sustainable family engagement strategies. At home, families have a variety of perceptions about how, when, or if they should be involved in their childrens’ education. For parents with limited education or those that attended school in another country, there may also be significant cultural and linguistic differences that school staff must understand.
We discuss these issues with Heejae Lim, founder and Executive Director of Talking Points on Highest Aspirations, our weekly podcast. Talking Points is an educational technology company whose mission is to drive student success in low-income, diverse areas through building strong partnerships across parents, schools, and communities. Heejae points to the use of text messages as one way to enhance communication between educators and families.
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