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Can you translate that? New app allows parents, teachers to bridge language divide

from The 74 Million

Parental engagement is twice as likely to influence a student's long-term success as socioeconomic status, some studies say, but when parents struggle to engage because of language limitations, it creates a big barrier between home and school. Heejae Lim knew this firsthand as a United Kingdom–educated student whose Korean-speaking parents were unable to connect with her English-speaking teachers. As the U.S. moves toward having 40 percent of all its students living in households, like Lim's, that don't speak English by 2030 — California is already there — she saw an opportunity to improve student success by creating TalkingPoints. more


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