Connection Conversations

Connection Conversations is a family engagement program of Stand for Children Illinois. This COVID-responsive innovation of Stand’s in-person, parent-teacher home visit program, is built around voluntary virtual visits supported by educator training and collaboration. These visits help educators and families build trusting relationships, even when they cannot meet face-to-face.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift in the way caregivers and educators connect to support students.

During these most difficult-of-difficult times, educators and caregivers representing 16 Chicago Public Schools partnered with us to build trust and connections with one another through virtual Connection Conversations.

The results have exciting implications for supporting student success. Highlights include:

  • Educators and caregivers were universally positive about their experiences.
  • They reported observing more help-seeking behaviors.
  • Educators described having more capacity to inquire about, and respond to, student needs.

The lingering academic and emotional challenges of the past year are so much for educators to tackle on their own. And caregivers want to be equal partners in their children’s learning and development.

Working together, we can tap into the superpower that comes with trusting relationships.

We invite you to learn more about Connection Conversations, the impact it made during this cohort, and the growth and opportunity for even more impact that lie ahead in our report, produced in collaboration with the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research.

If you are an educator or parent interested in bringing this program to your school, please contact Brandi Watts or Tommorrow Snyder.

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