The powerful effects of relationship-building home visits on student learning and attendance were on display at the US Department of Education on December 4th. In Washington, DC, the Flamboyan Foundation, in partnership with DC Public Schools, has sponsored a program to train teachers in Title I schools to make home visits to their students and build collaboration with families. A new study of the program, conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that students whose families received home visits were less likely to miss school and more likely to read at grade level.
See a video of the event, including moving testimony from a DCPS principal, teacher, and parent.
Read a Washington Post article on this: “Home visiting linked to lower school truancy and better reading outcomes.”