Establishing Trust

Educators, Connection Conversations | 01/16/2020

Desirae Ranberg
Teacher Team Leader

As a teacher on Chicago’s South Side, one of the best ways I’ve found to help students is to build relationships with their parents. I’m not just talking about saying “hi” at drop-off or chatting briefly at report card pickup. I’m talking about building a real bridge between home and school, so we’re all on the same page about supporting their student.

The great thing is, Stand’s Home Visit Connection is a voluntary program which allows me to do just that. I get the opportunity to meet with families outside of a classroom setting, understand their lives and discuss their hopes and dreams. With that trust established, we can better focus on how to help their children achieve their full potential.

You can see more of my Home Visit Connection story here in this video.

The Home Visit Connection has allowed me to see firsthand what factors in a child’s home life might be influencing their performance at school. With this insight, I’m able to better support my students and make sure they get the time and attention they need to succeed.

Be sure to check out my Home Visit Connection story, as well as stories from other teachers who participated.

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