Dear Generous Donor,
Here is the Big Picture on Our National Expansion:
Our model of home visits is already working in urban, suburban and rural schools and districts and while the demand for our work nationally has never been stronger-we are currently in a dozen states and are poised to launch in two more-we are at capacity with our resources for the national expansion. We have an exciting challenge to raise some funds in the next few days. Our partners at Global Giving are offering to match any donations for one day, but it is a first come first serve process. So, if you donate during a 24-hour period beginning March 13th 9pm PST/12am EST we qualify for a 30% match! Please read below to see what your donations have been able to help us accomplish so far.
This past October, our colleagues determined that we needed to take the following steps:
• First, we need to convene a National Advisory Committee- a one year commitment- to provide guidance, recommendations and access to resources to formalize our national effort;
• Second, we need to develop regional training teams in at least 4-5 communities throughout the United States to build training capacity;
• Third, we need to launch a national evaluation across multiple districts to further bolster the data needed to leverage significant policy and funding changes to support family engagement like our model of home visits; and,
• Fourth, we need to continue building our national presence with ongoing expansion, training, and outreach in the coming year to continue to assess the interest and need for our work.
Here Are Some Local Project Updates:
Alabama-information meeting in the fall of 2011 followed by a home visit training in Montgomery on February 24, 2012 as part of the Priority School Campaign led by National Education Association. Representatives from two middle schools attended and laid out a launch plan for a total of 50 home visits in the next month followed by a follow up reflection meeting in March of 2012. Not stopping there, one of the sites set their goals on 700 home visits before the end of the year!
California- In the first five months of the school year, Sacramento schools conducted over 2800 home visits and are planning their first regional conference for two days in May that will mirror the national conference but be focused on a county wide level. We’re continuing the expansion of the professional development and parent university plans as follow up to visits. San Juan USD- a neighboring district- launched home visits this year and plan to have 5 sites participating in the 2011-2012 school year. West Contra Costa has home visits going n and LAUSD is still exploring options.
Colorado- Denver is on the move! Denver Public Schools continues to grow the PTHV Program. Currently, 24 schools are participating. As of January 2012, all participating teachers and staff will record each home visit on Infinite Campus, the district student information system. This will enable us to assess students’ progress over time, and compare changes in attendance, behavior, and achievement. This month, we will be training our twenty fourth school, with 20 staff attending the training. Three other participating schools will be sending an additional 8 staff to be trained. This month, we will be sending a Request for Proposal to expand the program to additional schools. Due to the expansion, we will increase our number of trainers and establish school based training teams. Between August and December 2012, PTHV staff has completed 2,149 home visits!
Louisiana- Lafayette’s Alice Boucher World Languages Academy launched a home visiting effort following training by the Sacramento team last year.
Massachusetts- Springfield MA is busy with data collection and planning regarding the home visiting project in their area. Additionally, their local training team brought a training and project support to colleagues in New Bedford recently.
Michigan- Two exciting developments in March! First, the PTHVP team met with site leaders at Romulus Middle School as part of the NEA Priority School Campaign’s expansion of the parent/teacher home visits. The middle school is ready to go and has a training set for May of 2012 so they can launch visits this summer in partnership with a local elementary school! Then, the team spent 3 full days in Flint Michigan meeting with district, union and community members to begin laying the foundation for a launch of home visiting in that community. The most important of all meetings may have been a public meeting with over 100 attendees! All indicators were very positive and we are excited to see this grow under the leadership of FACT (Flint Area Congregations Together).
Minnesota- St. Paul Federation of Teachers successfully negotiated a contract that included a $50 per home visit stipend for teachers who have been through the PTHVP training. The language also includes requirements for attending 2 “debriefing” sessions throughout the school year in order to receive the stipend. The contract was approved on February 21 and is now awaiting ratification. Also, the Education Assistant contract contains the same language. SPFT has a cohort of Train the Trainer recipients’ who are ready to help the project grow significantly in St. Paul in the coming years!
Montana- continues to move home visiting in a variety of locations even in light of the defunding of the PIRC- the main driver of the statewide expansion. However, the relationships are strong, the Office of Public Instruction has also been connected to the PTHVP this past summer working with the schools of promise. We are getting ready to do a more intensive outreach this June in coordination with the annual MBI conference in Bozeman where we are able to connect with hundreds of educators throughout the state. The PTHVP team will be there to provide introductory and TOT sessions to further assist statewide expansion and local trainer capacity.
New York- in partnership with UFT and CEJ, the Sacramento based team is exploring possibilities to launch a pilot in several schools in the Bronx this coming year. An April videoconference is set and will provide an opportunity to expand that conversation and identify next steps to move forward.
Nevada- In Reno, 26 Title I sites are participating in spring home visits and word has gotten out to non Title I sites who are also expressing an interest in doing home visits. A fall evaluation report by Laura Davidson, Evaluator, PPA&A is now available to anyone who is interested. In Las Vegas, Yesenia Gonzalez recently partnered with the state and national PTA to provide a key note address to Spanish Speaking parents working in the Clark County area to improve schools. The day long conference was a big success and we expect parents will be bringing the idea of home visits back to their local PTA and sites.
Oregon- A training in January took place in Salem, Oregon with over 30+ educators attending. Members of the Salem Oregon home visiting leadership team are presenting with PTHVP staff at the upcoming NEA conference in Memphis on March 10th. The focus of this presentation will be to talk about the PTHVP in general and the specific leadership role the classified folks in Salem have taken to bring this project to the Salem community with the support of the NEA Priority Schools Campaign.
Virginia- Wakefield Virginia is planning to bring the PTHVP team to their community later this spring to do a train the trainer session and move their efforts up to the next level. The Wakefield teachers were very instrumental in participating in the trainings this past summer in the Washington DC communities!
Washington DC- over 400 teachers trained to date and 700 home visits so far this year! Two schools , Stanton and Garfield, struggling for years are reporting improved teacher morale and improved school culture and positive feedback from parents. DC will have local training team set up and ready to roll this year.
Please don't let the momentum stop! Donate on March 13th or March 14th or think about becoming a monthly donor-every amount helps!
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