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School visits continue to gain traction in many public school districts, not just to “improve relationships with students,” but as a way to start the school year “on an equal footing” with families and communities.
While truly meaningful interaction between the school and the community ideally occurs through curriculum, student projects, and even in-field education, school home visits by teachers with an open mind and heart, and a little bit of preparation can make a huge difference to an entire school. bonus year.
When I was first asked for a home visit, my first reaction — if I’m being honest — was how much it affected my already-too-short summer vacation. We train in mid to late June and have scheduled home visits for late July, which by my calculations leaves me with less than four weeks of actual “vacation”.
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Add in the required PD hours and PGP work – not to mention the improvement of my own ELA unit and collaboration with other teachers on horizontal and vertical alignment – well, I’m sure you get the idea. I’m intrigued by the concept but worried about the lack of planning and execution. In short, we got a long list of names and addresses, and good luck to us.
After many years, I can honestly say this was one of the best experiences of my teaching career. I will discuss this in detail in another article. Today, I want to share some school home visiting resources for teachers who may be preparing for this experience. If you’ve done this before, what I’ve collected may not help you. But if you’re new to the idea, here’s a nice overview of school home visiting resources for teachers.
8 Helpful Home Visiting Resources for Teachers
1. home visit preparation from Teaching Tolerance
How do you help teachers build relationships with families through visitation? Learn about the benefits of home visits and best practices on how to prepare for and conduct a home visit.
2. 10 Messages Every Teacher Should Send Parents
“When homework and grades are the only thing parents know about academic activity, they miss out on the learning process and struggle to understand how best to support their children.”
The accompanying report demonstrates how the PTHV model and relational home visiting process build understanding and trust, reduce anxiety and stress, and foster positive cross-group interactions between educators and families. Additionally, these relational competencies are critical to identifying and reducing educators’ and families’ implicit biases that often lead to disconnection, missed opportunities, and discriminatory behaviors in and out of the classroom. The findings are consistent with the original intuition of the PTHV founders: When educators and families develop relationships of mutual respect and trust, they become more aware of stereotypes and biases and work to move away from them. As a result, they are all better equipped to support the education of their students. With the help of relational home visits, their common interest—the child’s success—overcame unconscious assumptions.
5. Home Visiting Guidelines from Michigan State Board of Education and San Francisco Unified School District
(During home visits) Avoid:
- impressive value
- Overly social at the beginning of the visit
- Prohibition of visiting by other family members
- talking about family in public
- become the center of attention
6. Apple Seed Project: National School Improvement Movement
The Appleseed program is actually a full school home visit model (with paid training, but also free tips and resources).There is a lot of useful information here, including tips for a successful School open day after school home visit.
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5. Research on the effectiveness of home visits: Summary of Johns Hopkins University’s study and research on school home visits.
“Sheldon’s study included 12 public elementary schools in Washington, D.C., and more than 4,000 students in the 2013-2014 school year. The study found that home visitation, a core strategy of the Family Engagement Partnership program, 1) had a 24 percent reduction in absenteeism and were more likely to be reading at or above grade level. In addition, students who attended schools where the program was more widely implemented were more likely to be reading at or above grade level reading level.”
“Research, policy and practical discussions are no longer focused on if Family involvement is important,” Shelton said, “but what type The importance of family involvement and how to support families in these roles, especially in an increasingly diverse public school system. “
“Even after controlling for differences in prior attendance and reading comprehension, students whose families received a home visit were more likely than students whose families did not receive a home visit to attend school and achieve or exceed grade-level reading comprehension.”
7. A story The power of home visits From NPR
Phillips, who runs a landscaping business, said the long hours prevented him from being as involved in his daughter’s education as he would have liked. Seeing such an interaction, he choked up a little. “It’s nice to see her grow up and have people around who care about her,” he said. “Sometimes the parents aren’t there, man. Sometimes we have to work. Sometimes we’re away a lot of time. It’s nice to see (a teacher) come into the community like this. I know she’s being taken care of.”
More Tips and Resources for Teacher Home Visits
School District Guidelines and Training
Most school districts have specific guidelines and protocols for conducting home visits. These guides often provide teachers with valuable information on what to expect, how to prepare, and the purpose and objectives of the visit. In addition, some school districts offer training courses or workshops to equip teachers with the skills and strategies they need to make effective home visits.
Parent and Family Engagement Resources
Many organizations and agencies provide resources and materials to support parent and family involvement in education. These resources can include techniques for building relationships, facilitating communication, and understanding cultural diversity. Examples of such resources include websites, handouts, brochures, and videos specifically designed for educators conducting home visits.
Working with community organizations and resources can increase the effectiveness of home visits. These partnerships can provide teachers with additional support and connect them with local resources that are beneficial to families. For example, working with a community center, library, social service agency, or nonprofit organization can help address specific needs or challenges families face.
Colleague Support and Collaboration
Teachers can benefit from sharing experiences and insights with colleagues who have conducted home visits in the past. Participation in home visit-focused discussions, workshops or professional learning communities can provide valuable advice, strategies and resources. Colleagues may recommend helpful tools, checklists, or questionnaires to help teachers prepare for and get the most out of home visits.
Obviously, it’s important to follow any guidelines and policies your school district has in place and to respect the privacy and cultural norms of the families you’re visiting. Effective communication, active listening, and building positive rapport go a long way in building strong relationships with students and their families during home visits.