The Parent Teacher Home Visit Project

The Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project is a nationally recognized non-profit organization jointly governed by three founding member groups: a teachers union, a faith based community organizing group and a school district. Our project increases trust and communication between schools and families using a proven model of voluntary and relational home visits that build the capacity of educators, families and students leading to increased success for all.
Aug 11, 2011

August Update

August Update:

As stated in a former report we have been extremely busy during these past few months.

Locally in Sacramento (where the project first started) 45 sites in the Sacramento City Unified School District were officially funded to do home visits.  Trainings have begun to happen too as schools begin to reopen.  Thirteen elementary sites are currently conducting preschool into kindergarten transitional home visits, thanks in part to some of your donations. Five of our comprehensive high schools are working on transition into high school home visits. Many of the schools have found this initial contact vital to keeping the students in school and on the path to graduation.  Terrific connections are being made between the school and the home; therefore providing a less intimidating and more relaxed first day of school for many students.

Regionally around Sacramento PTHVP has contracted with the San Juan Unified School District for the coming year to provide training and consultation support for the professional development track and for 4-5 sites that will be kicking off home visits this fall.  Natomas High School is also planning a parent teacher home visit training and launch in September.

Finally nationally we continue to be extremely busy training and consulting with various districts and schools around the nation.  In August alone we are training at eight sites in DC, several sites in St. Paul, Minnesota and four reservation communities in Montana.

We also continue to receive positive press. Most recently, this article regarding our New Bedford partners popped up!

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2011/07/building_relationships_with_students_parents.html?qs=home+visit

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Jul 7, 2011

Update from The Parent Teacher Home Visit Project

Home Visit Training
Home Visit Training

Just a quick update on our efforts so far this summer:

Our team has been very busy throughout California and around the country training educators on how to do relationship building home visits.

In California we trained Pittsburg High School in the bay area and held a phone conference with LAUSD California educators, union and community colleagues in May 2011 to explore and plan for PTHVP to be piloted at Belmont HS and perhaps some other locations.  Things appear to be moving forward and we expect a fall launch.  The expansion into LAUSD is obviously very exciting given the size and scope of possibilities!  In Sacramento City Unified School District we had over 50 K-12 schools apply for home visit funding and in June we launched our preschool into kindergarten transitional home visits, as well as the 9th grade transitional home visits.

Across the country our team conducted a “Train the Trainers” session in both Anchorage, Alaska and Denver, Colorado.  “Train the Trainers” is an eight hour interactive training session led by experienced home visiting trainers and is designed to fully prepare selected parents and teachers to become regional trainers for other colleagues and school community members who would like to launch home visit efforts in their areas using this proven model. 

We also traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota where we trained over 20 teachers. St. Paul has become a big focus for support from our AFT colleagues.  Their interests in home visits have rapidly increased over the past year. The PTHVP team is heading back to MN in August to complete the trainings for interested educators at several sites.

The PTHVP also conducted a week's worth of trainings at several Montana communities in June, including a new pre k-12 effort in schools throughout the state.  We also connected with the communities that have launched in the past year via a panel of educators and parents who provided ground level expertise on successes and challenges as the model is adapted in their local community.  This session was very positive and productive and will help us continue to shape our expansion into rural communities.  We will be returning to Montana in August to work with several SIG sites that serve primarily Native American students.  For some press on our work see: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/education/article_bf29493e-9c8e-11e0-82e7-001cc4c03286.html

Arlington, Virginia and Washington DC- the interest in Washington DC schools is nothing short of astounding from the early childhood to high school levels!  We've trained educators at five sites within the district and have been invited back in August for several additional training sessions. We also trained a group of educators at a high school in Arlington, Virginia.

Thanks for your support!

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May 26, 2011

Home Visit Parent Story

Dear donors,

I wanted to share with you a great story that one of our families shared with us.  Sarah’s story is an excellent example of the power of a relationship building home visit.

My name is Sarah Gebre. I am from Ethiopia. I have lived in Denver, Colorado for the past 6 years. I am married and have four children. All of our kids attend the same elementary school in Denver. Here is my experience with the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project.

The first time the teachers called me to do the parent teacher home visit it seemed a little bit uncomfortable to me and I asked my husband why they would want to come to our home. I thought maybe they wanted to see how we take care of our kids and then say our son would be unable to attend the school. I next called one of my friends and asked her about home visits and she told me to keep my house clean and to take the TV out of my kid’s bedrooms because teachers didn’t like televisions in kid’s bedrooms!

On the day of the home visit when the teachers came to my house, it was a totally different story. During the visit we discussed how my son will be successful in his education and they asked me to be their partner in helping with my son’s education. They invited me to participate in the multicultural festival and they told me I was welcome to contact them anytime I had a question.

After the home visit I felt very respected and comfortable. I started to participate in my child’s school. I felt more comfortable talking to the teachers and asking them questions about my son. The home visit project is a very helpful project for people like me who are new to the United States. It has worked very well for me and I’m sure it would work well for other families too. The home visit project is a great bridge to connect families and schools. It is a wonderful program to help our kids be successful in school and in our future.

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