Thanks to your generous support of this project, we have had an extremely successful home visiting school year and summer. Here are a few highlights:
California- Sacramento City USD completed close to 5000 home visits in the 11-12 school year at 43 K-12 sites! Colorado- Denver has increased their home visit school sites to 35 for the 2012-2013 school year.Massachusetts- Home visiting action in New Bedford and Lowell. Of course, the anchor, Springfield, continues to be very busy as a leader for parent/teacher home visits as part of their NEA foundation partnership! Check out this great clip of a recent Springfield MA home visiting action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0qQBVwsAuk&feature=youtube_gdata_player . Minnesota- to date the PTHVP training team in St. Paul has trained over a 150 educators and expect the number to land closer to 200 before all is done this summer. Michigan- Romulus and Flint school districts are starting their first year of home visits. Good luck educators in Michigan! We will provide you more information on their journey as the school year progresses.Montana- has had a very busy month for home visiting efforts throughout the great state. They now have 4 training teams from 3 communities around the state ready to roll- Poplar, Helena and Great Falls! All three presented at the statewide conference in Bozeman in June with PTHVP staff , who also connected with two other home visiting communities- Anaconda and Lewistown. Helena is doing a great job with their expansion (district wide kindergarten readiness home visiting this year) and is developing policy language we hope to share soon!
New York - plans coming together to launch a middle school home visiting pilot in 2-3 middle schools in the 2012-2013 school year thanks to work by our union colleagues, the New York City Department of Education and the Coalition for Educational Justice. We are heading out East to train educators in October. As part of these meetings we met an inspiring principal from a school in the Bronx that is already conducting home visits- check out this great coverage of their efforts: http://engagingparentsinschool.edublogs.org/2012/07/05/learning-begins-at-home/ Nevada- Reno reports they are up to 20 sites where home visiting is taking place. Ohio- Columbus, another anchor in our national network, has led districts through kindergarten transitional visits for years and is now branching out! Folks in Columbus just reported that 60-70 new folks were trained and 600 home visits took place as part of the NEA priority schools campaign.Oregon- Salem Oregon has also had some great home visiting press recently: http://neapriorityschools.org/engaged-families-and-communities/home-visits-yield-hope-and-cooperation . In July, one of their support staff champions, Juan Trujillo presented on their local home visiting effort at the National Education Association Conference in Washington DC! More press due out this fall as well as plans for a train the trainer session.
Virginia- reports the Wakefield team conducted another training session for home visiting and has a team of 55 people assigned to make 245 transitional visits this summer. Wakefield HS staff have been great about reaching out to feeder schools and helping out with trainings in the DC area this past year.Washington DC- home visit trainings are off and running- folks there report that 12 sessions have been completed and another 5 are set to go. Additionally 3 middle schools are coming on board this year thanks to some additional federal funding that became available. If you haven't already seen it- check out this terrific clip of the DC home visiting effort: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4RKfzTskCI . Washington - In June, the PTHVP team from Sacramento traveled to Marysville WA to train members of a middle school who are piloting the home visiting effort this year as part of their relationship with the NEA priority school campaign.
As you can see, your generous donations are truly making a difference in the lives of students, teachers and families across the nation. We truly can not thank you enough for all the support! Please keep it coming!
The PTHVP team
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