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House Calls: Not Just For Doctors

by Jay Matthews

The Washington Post

Article excerpt

New D.C. Public Schools chancellor should protect this crucial program

A Johns Hopkins University study found that D.C. students who had a home visit had 24 percent fewer absences and were 1.5 times more likely to read at or above grade level. Ninety-six percent of parents visited said the experience was beneficial to their relationship with the school, and 91 percent said it helped them feel more confident about supporting their children academically.

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Teaching Making House Calls

It’s a bold and somewhat controversial move that shines a light on administrator and educator unconscious biases. But it’s making a difference according to researchers from Johns Hopkins. Could home visits help better relationships with families and students in your school district?

If Washington, D.C. public schools can do it, there’s no reason that you couldn’t too! Establishing a process whereby teachers take the time to visit with students and their parents in their home settings, led to 24 percent less absenteeism, better reading scores and a very high level of satisfaction among parents. It may be something worth considering.