How it started

In the Spring of 2013, Stand for Children Texas was knee deep in state and local education policy work, mostly around how teachers should be evaluated and compensated. When we met with teacher to talk about the supports they needed as professionals and as drivers of student achievement, the conversation always drifted towards their immediate concerns in their classrooms from student attendance to intervention and enrichment. Teacher were hungry for ways to have an immediate impact on the students they served. These conversations led us to sponsor a year-long educator fellowship to research and test high-impact educator practices and from the finding of that fellowship came the Home Visits Project.

Teacher visits family

What Teachers are Saying

How it works

About

Home Visits

voluntary and arranged in Advance

visit a cross section of students

conducted in teams of two

focus hopes and aspirations

staff is trained and compensated

Visit 1

Relational

Focus is on Building Trust and Opening New Lines of Communication

30-40 minutes

 

Visit 2

Informational

Focus is on Sharing Information About Academics and Capacity Building

30-40 minutes

 

Outcomes

Happy students, happy teacher
For Students:
  • Increased attendance
  • increased academic success
  • Increased feeling of comfort and safety at school
  • Increased Engagement in class
  • Feeling “seen” and understood
For Educators and Staff:
  • Increased trust and respect
  • Increased capacity to engage students
  • Increased understanding and empathy
  • Increased job satisfaction
For Families:
  • Increased trust and respect
  • Increased capacity to support children at home
  • Increased confidence as a partners and co-educators
  • Increased communication with teachers and campus