TalkingPoints is a multilingual texting platform developed by a California-based nonprofit with the same name, specifically to link teachers with students’ parents who are not native English speakers. To use the free service, teachers must first log into their account from a browser. They can then type a text message—such as a homework reminder or announcement—and send it to individual parents or a group using their cellphone numbers. Parents—who must sign up to get the message—receive it on their phones as if it were a normal text, and they can respond to the teacher as a text. TalkingPointstranslation is available in more than 20 languages. Costs: Free for teachers; schools pay for premium features
With winter holidays and festive gatherings on the horizon, let’s reflect on the sustaining power of food, friends, and family—and the essential need for connection across our differences and along our common hopes. Nothing supports connection more than food and the shared rituals of mealtime.
“Supporting English Language Learners: Resources for Leaders” is a free self-paced course developed by staff at the Understanding Language Initiative, housed at Stanford University. Understanding Language’s vision is to increase college, career, and community readiness for all students—especially English language learners (ELLs)—by transforming the quality of their educational experiences.
Microsoft has provided an online collection of free hacking STEM lessons and hands-on activities developed by middle school teachers for Office 365. The inquiry- and project-based activities help students to visualize data across the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curricula.