Dear Parent Teacher Home Visit Partner,
Over the past few months we have been extremely busy working with educators and parents across this nation. Below are a few highlights of the work your donations have helped us accomplish:
Nevada just held a statewide conference in Las Vegas where home visiting workshops had a really wonderful reception and where parents and teachers from Massachusetts and Washington DC had an opportunity to share their experiences and advice. The PTHVP folks also had a chance to connect with some truly dynamic family engagement leaders from around the country!
Speaking of Washington DC- hats off to the Flamboyan Foundation who put together an outstanding team for a train the trainers session in April. We all learned a lot from the thoughtful and strategic background efforts that went into this session. There are lots of plans for expansion in DC this coming year!
Wakefield Virginia continues their outstanding local championing for home visits. Not only are they expanding their own summer transitional visits this year and trained new staff for that effort, but they also brought together teams from feeder schools to begin to broaden the effort throughout their community!
Montana is preparing for their big annual conference in June where several home visiting training opportunities will be available and will formally weave in the leadership and unique efforts from several different communities throughout the state. The PTHVP is especially excited and humbled to see the amazing leadership of several folks who continue to carry on the work following the defunding of all the PIRC's.
Oregon's home visiting work will be featured in an upcoming issue of NEA Today as part of the ongoing Priority School Campaign (where sites from Michigan and Washington are coming on board this summer). Speaking of priority school campaign sites- Romulus Michigan just had their training to kick off efforts this month and our community organizing colleagues in Flint came to begin the process of networking to support their local efforts. Also, staff in Marysville, Washington has scheduled a training in June.
Columbus Ohio colleagues have been busy with visits (good numbers there) and training sessions and are forging some new partnerships with colleagues in nearby states!
Sacramento California will have 41 home visit school sites next year and all 41 sites gathered at our first ever, two day, cross district regional conference. This event was modeled after our national conference format, but was also specifically tailored to helps local sites nail down plans for home visiting at their sites for the coming summer and fall. We had representatives from 4 different school districts. The conference was very successful overall and we had some good insights about the kind of tweaking we need to do at the local level.
Finally, we encourage you to click on our links below to learn more about the project or to watch a short video clip featuring a parent and teacher who have both been changed by the project. I hope you are as inspired as we are by the work that is taking place at the grassroots level across this country. We truly couldn't do it without donors like you!
The PTHVP Staff