Our mission is to help schools ignite the potential of millions of families to support their child's learning.
Parent involvement in at-home learning has more than twice the effect on student test scores than parents’ education levels or socio-economic status.
Teachers are the most powerful influencers of parent engagement.
Families seek three types of information from schools, but often receive only one
FASTalk helps schools equitably engage diverse families at scale
FASTalk is an evidence-based tool that sparks dialogue between teachers, parents and students about daily classroom learning. Any caregiver with access to a cell phone can engage.
Families receive weekly curriculum-aligned activities sent via text in their home language. The activities are fun and easy for busy families to do anywhere.
FASTalk leads to increased student achievement
During the 2017-2018 academic year, FASTalk was implemented as a pilot for families of Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students across 11 Oakland Unified School District elementary schools.
In August 2018, Keith Welch of Oakland Unified School District completed a quasi-experimental evaluation of the pilot, finding "a strong likelihood that FASTalk was highly effective for students whose home language differed from their teacher's language."
To learn more, please download the Findings Brief.
There is a strong likelihood that FASTalk was highly effective for students whose home language differed from their teacher’s language.
- Baptist Community Ministries
- Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
- Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
- Carnegie Corporation of New York
- Greater Good Science Center
- J-PAL North America
- Kenneth Rainin Foundation
- NewSchools Venture Fund
- Rogers Family Foundation
- Stuart Foundation
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The Family Engagement Learning Series
The Family Engagement Learning Series provides stakeholders with monthly best practices, research and tools focused on a specific topic in family engagement.
Tracks are available for Teachers, School & School System Leaders and Family Engagement Champions.
Upcoming topics include: