Fewer behavior issues, more students showing up for class, better grades – these are just a few of the early results teachers have shared while being a part of the Parent Teacher Home Visit(PTHV) project.
PTHV gives teachers the chance to meet with students and their parents in the student’s home. The visits help teachers build trust with parents. They create a partnership that helps students achieve. Teachers plan two visits with each student per year. They use what they learn from the family to make the child’s classroom experience better. Parents learn about the chance to get involved at school.
For teachers in the Dallas area, this project is a game changer. “Although the data is qualitative in nature, we are hearing all the results we had hoped for,” says Stacey Hodge, Stand for Children’s Dallas director and point-person for PTHV in Texas.
Survey answers from teachers in the PTHV project brought a few key themes to light: empathy, compassion, feeling connected to the families, teachers showing more patience, increased two-way communication, and overall joy for teaching again.
“I am reinvigorated after reading through the reflections,” says Hodge. “I think we might be on to something around engaging parents in this way. I’m excited to think about how this can grow.”
Teachers across the country feel just as excited about PTHV. At the 2016 National Gathering this October, teachers met to network and share their insights.
Having a great teacher at the front of every classroom is part of Stand's mission. The PTHV project builds a strong community of teachers and parents who care and are working together to reach an important goal - helping students succeed.