Most parents and teachers are used to having an informal relationship limited to infrequent phone calls and yearly parent-teacher conferences.
However, studies show that when schools engage families in ways that improve learning and support parent involvement at home and at school, students make greater gains!
When schools improve the frequency of teacher-family communication, they experience:
- Improved Class Participation Rates
- Decreased Instances in which Teachers had to Redirect Students’ Attention
- Increased Homework Completions Rates
Effective parent engagement is fueled by open teacher-parent communication, and some schools in California think home visits are the answer.
Home visits help to make children feel like part of the classroom, which can reduce student outbursts and behavioral issues as well as boost student achievement.
This is great thing for California schools, where many teachers are still adjusting to changes in disciplinary tactics as a result of a ban on student suspensions for non-violent offenses.
The Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project in Sacramento is one project that’s aiming to spread the message of how useful home visits can be for both the student and the teacher.
According to the Home Visit Project, parent/teacher home visits help k-12 school districts:
- Increase Student Attendance Rates
- Increase Student Test Scores
- Decrease Suspension and Expulsion Rates
- Decrease School Vandalism
For more ways to improve parent engagement at your school, download our best practice guide!