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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

TalkingPoints

What is TalkingPoints and who has access?

TalkingPoints is a two-way multilingual family engagement platform that allows teachers and schools to have communication with families across language barriers! The platform translates messages back and forth into over 100 languages, to allow for teachers and school administrators to be able to reach families in their preferred languages directly, which in turns increases parent engagement in the classroom and school communities!

All Teachers and School Administrators have access to TalkingPoints via Clever. Teachers will automatically be given access to their class rosters to be able to communicate with their families. School Administrators will have access to their entire building, and be able to send messages to the entire campus at the touch of a button!

How do I login?

Chromebook or Laptop:

Step 1: Sign into Clever using your KCPS email and password.

Step 2: Look for the TalkingPoints icon under the Communication section, as seen below.

How to Access TalkingPoints on Clever

Mobile Phone:

Download the TalkingPoints for Teachers Mobile Application in either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

If you would like to use the TalkingPoints for Teachers Mobile Application to communicate with your families on the go, you will first need to log in on your Chromebook or Laptop through Clever, and set a password that can be used with the Mobile Application.

 

Where can I learn more about TalkingPoints?

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Where do my families log in?

The great thing about TalkingPoints, is that families don't need to take any extra steps to receive messages from you! As soon as you start sending communication, families will automatically receive messages from you on their phones as basic SMS text messages.

What if my families don't have unlimited texts?

For this exact reason, TalkingPoints has developed an optional, and free, Family Mobile Application which they can use to receive messages, and bypass the texts. The Family Mobile Application is also available for download on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Click here to learn how to tell whether your families are receiving messages by SMS text, or through the Family App.

How can I send messages in another language?

TalkingPoints will automatically send messages to families in the preferred language that has been indicated in your Student Information System, so you don't have to do anything to send messages in another language!

Learn more about our translation here.

How can families communicate with me?

Families can respond to your message in their home language via text message, because TalkingPoints will translate their messages into English for you.

What if a family member prefers to get messages in another language than what's in Clever?

You can locate that particular family member in their Student's Details, and click on the three dots next to the contact, and click on the "Edit Contact," where you'll be able to update their language!

Note: If families have downloaded the Family Mobile Application, they can also change their own language preference in the app!

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

In your TalkingPoints account, click on your name in the bottom left corner then click "Chat with Support"

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