St. Paul teachers build parent engagement, trust through home visits is a great local newspaper article about teachers making home visits to parents.
Here’s an excerpt:
Since the project’s beginning with just eight trained teachers, to now with more than 250, the St. Paul Federation of Teachers has been instrumental in ensuring the program’s run. Though in addition to their assistance, trainers still go over guidelines and “nonnegotiables” with interested staff. Teacher-home visits are voluntary. If a teacher does decide to participate in the program, they must go with another teacher to both ensure safety and to be a second point of contact for families. Teachers are also required to attend training and after the visit, share their experience. And again, they must be compensated for work done outside of the classroom.
This year Faber says he’s encouraged teachers to recognize the importance of diversity. He says parents and the neighborhood take note when visits seem targeted at one type of family, or student.
“Then it starts to become not about building relationships, rather the community gets the notion that this is about fixing them,” Faber said.
I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Teacher Home Visits.