The TalkingPoints mission is to help you engage your families. Our focus is serving underserved and multilingual families. Let’s get started!
STEP 1: SIGN IN
To sign into your TalkingPoints account, go to www.talkingpts.org and click on the 'Login' button in the top right corner of the screen to bring you to your district admin page.
STEP 2: REVIEW PERMISSIONS FOR SCHOOLS
Update Permissions for Schools
As a district admin, you have the ability to adjust permissions for each of the schools in your account. As a default, school admins cannot add additional classes or staff members to their account and teachers cannot add additional students to their classes. To give them these abilities, simply check/uncheck the box as needed.
Before you and your team start using your accounts, it's important that you take a look at the current settings for school admin, teachers and staff and adjust as needed. Fortunately, you are able to set permissions on a school by school basis, giving you a bit of extra flexibility. Read more about the checkboxes below:
School Admins Can Add Students Manually
This checkbox will give school admin the ability to add students who aren't coming over in the nightly sync (Clever/ClassLink partners) or students who weren't included in the most recent upload (.csv partners).
Teachers Can Add Students Manually
If you would like to give individual teachers and staff the ability to add new students into their personal account, you can mark this checkbox. Students added in personal accounts will also appear under the "Manually Added" within School Admin view.
Keep in mind the number of student licenses that your district has purchased as additional students added will go towards your overall student count.
If this box is marked, it will automatically mark the 'Teachers Can Add Contacts Manually' box for that school as well.
Teachers Can Add Contacts Manually
If you would like to allow teachers and staff to be able to add new contacts on to existing student profiles, you can mark this checkbox.
As a best practice, remind your staff that all updated numbers should also be entered into your SIS to ensure that your SIS has the most up to date contact information.
STEP 3: ENSURE ALL SCHOOL ADMIN HAVE ACCOUNTS
Once in your account, take a look at the list of school admin for each school. If there are any other members of school leadership that do not yet have an account created, you can add them to the school's staff list and give them school admin permissions.
Step 1: Click on the 'Schools' tab, and select the appropriate school.
Step 2: Click on the 'School Admins' tab.
Step 3: Select 'Add School Admin'.
Step 4: Input the first name, last name, email address and check the boxes for the appropriate permissions.
Step 5: Click 'Invite' to add the staff member.
Did you Know?
Families who are signed up for SMS text messages will receive a message that lets them know they can opt out of receiving your messages by texting GOODBYE or STOP at any time.
Families receive text messages, but there is also a TalkingPoints for Families App that families can download.
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