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Teacher Home Visits

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After a three year study of 14 schools engaging in teacher home visits for students, researchers at the California State University at Sacramento (CSUS) found evidence that home visits could increase student performance, jumpstart parent engagement, reduce discipline problems and increase overall positive attitudes toward school. If done correctly, a home visit program can give teachers, parents and students a better opportunity for connection, communication and collaboration.

Why are home visits so beneficial?

  • Parents feel more comfortable in their own space, and meeting in a classroom can be intimidating. By having a teacher travel to the student's house, parents may be more likely to voice their concerns and let the teacher into their lives.

  • Closer partnerships and positive communication. Home visits provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to meet simply to talk and collaborate for the benefit of the child they both care about.

  • Meetings break the "cycle of blame" often seen between parents and teachers of low-performing students. Home visits humanize the relationship, turning finger-pointing into teamwork and understanding.

  • Teachers learn more about their students and the environment that may impact their learning in the classroom.

  • Students realize they have a network of support, which brings comfort.

  • Parents are more likely to become involved with their child's learning, school activities and volunteering, leading to a more engaged school community.

family engagement professional developmnet

What are three essential aspects of​ parent engagement? 

Connect, engage and sustain.

By implementing a teacher home visit program using Project Appleseed's approach to family engagement, schools can empower teachers to build positive relationships with families and gather valuable data to support student success. To make teacher home visits more effective, Project Appleseed offers several tools to support the teachers and families:

 

  • Project Appleseed offers training and professional development for teachers to learn best practices and strategies for conducting effective home visits.

  • One of those is the Parental Engagement Report Card, which is a self-diagnostic tool for parents. The Parental Involvement Report Card is intended to help parents rate their contributions to their child's success at school. Teachers can use these 31 questions as a guide to discover some of the ways that parents can help their child at home and at school.

  • The Parent Engagement Pledge, which connects parents to learning and it is necessary for Title I schools to include the Parental Involvement Pledge in parent-teacher meetings as it relates to the child’s achievement as required by Title I, Section 1116, Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. 

Project Appleseed's approach to family engagement emphasizes the importance of teacher home visits as a strategy to improve student outcomes. A teacher home visit program using this approach might involve the following steps:

  • Setting Goals: Teachers will be encouraged to identify specific goals they wish to achieve through home visits and create a plan to achieve those goals.

  • Building Relationships: Building positive relationships with families is a crucial element of effective home visits. Project Appleseed provides strategies for teachers to establish trust and open lines of communication with families during home visits.

  • Gathering Data: Teachers will be taught how to gather data from home visits, such as information about family engagement, student needs, and school-home connections. This data will be used to identify areas for improvement and make informed decisions about how to support students and families.

  • Reflecting and Improving: Regular reflection on home visits is important for continuous improvement. Teachers will be encouraged to analyze the data they've collected and make adjustments to their approach as needed.

  • Collaboration: Collaboration among teachers, families, and school administrators is key to success. Project Appleseed may facilitate this collaboration to ensure that everyone is working together to support student success.

  • Safety and Boundaries: Safety is important consideration, teachers may be provided with guidelines and training on how to conduct safe home visits. They also learn about how to establish appropriate boundaries during the visits.

  • Language Barriers: A diverse population of families may have different language backgrounds, teachers may be provided with resources to help them communicate effectively with families who speak languages other than English.

  • Scheduling: Teachers may be provided with strategies to effectively schedule and plan home visits, so they can be done in a way that fits with their busy schedules.

  • Evaluation and Assessment: A program may include tools to evaluate

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