The “Why”Just as relationship-building between teacher and student is at the heart of a meaningful learning process, strengthening the connections between teachers and family members reaps many benefits for all stakeholders.
The home visit ensures that the first point of contact between teacher and family is a positive one. It helps us as educators to develop a deeper understanding of students’ interests, strengths, and culture, which we can draw upon in the learning process. In addition, the home visit process leads family members to feel more valued and heard, which enhances their comfort level and trust with educators. This, in turn, leads to greater communication and a stronger relationship that benefits us all.
WhoThis second cohort will include up to 60 educators. The expectation is that each participant makes five home visits in the 2019-20 school year. You and the colleague that joins you will both be compensated for each visit.
WhenA four-hour paid training will be offered this summer. You will be able to choose when you make your home visits between August and October.
If you are interested in participating, please complete this Google Form.
More informationCheck out this three-minute video that captures the power of home visits.
BVSD TestimonialsTeacher: “I feel like I have a closer relationship with my students and see them more as whole people with lives and interests outside of school. It has also made me more open minded and appreciative of all the different kinds of families and dynamics there are. All the families I visited seemed to genuinely care for their kids and want the best for them.”
“I would like to touch base with you about the home visits I did this summer after the training. At last count I had completed over 30 home visits, and I am doing more this coming Tuesday. I'm not kidding. I came home after the first day of home visits and told my wife that it was one of my favorite days I've ever had in my career as an educator. Let's talk about it. I truly see how this can be transformational for a school community.”
“A few days ago we had the delightful the visit of Ms. L and Ms. B to our home. I am very grateful to them for taking their precious time to be with my family. They made us feel more welcome at our new school and to this beautiful city of Boulder. We talked about our daughters and their learning this year, and some topics like internet access at home, public transportation, access to bookstores. We’re so grateful because their efforts have made us feel very happy to belong to the school.”