Teacher Home Visit Program Update
Springfield Public Schools has made teacher home visits a centerpiece of its parent engagement work based on organizing by PVP over the past 7 years. PVP continues to advocate for the resources and policy change to expand the program.
Despite tough economic times, Springfield will greatly expand its parent-teacher home visit program this school year in six schools and create a joint teacher-administrator collaboration process. A National Education Association Foundation 5-year grant will enable as many as 80% of teachers to participate in home visits in four schools. Two of ten schools awarded funding through the federal Race to the Top program are using funding for home visits, and many more will follow. The Federal magnet grant is expanding home visits to 2 middle and 2 high schools for the first time.
At a meeting with PVP in August Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Ingram, in August to restore funding to parent facilitators who oversee the home visit program in 4 schools. Dr. Ingram agreed to look for funding to do this.
The home visit program provides a key to improving the success of students. Elementary school teacher Linda Mariani: "When the parents open the door and their children are excited to see us, they know we're there to help. The parents, in turn, help us to educate the child, reading with them and keeping them on task to complete homework. You see a big change once a student knows that his or her parent is active and cooperating."
Click the title of this update to see an article on this program from Spring 2011 in the Springfield Educator publication!