The Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project in Sacramento is a partnership between a community organization (Sacramento ACT), the local teachers' union and the Sacramento City Unified School District. Its purpose is to spread the concept of home visiting (emphasizing the importance of developing relationships with parents) throughout the district by providing training, support and stipends to teachers.

According to the PTHVP Web site, it is an inexpensive and easily replicated model of parent engagement that has been proven to end the cycle of blame between parents and school staff by building trust and respect, instilling cultural competency and increasing personal and professional capacity for all involved.

The increased communication, trust and support between parents and teachers via home visits result in:
    •    increased student attendance rates;
    •    increased student test scores;
    •    decreased suspension and expulsion rates; and
    •    decreased vandalism at school site.

While this program may not exist in northwest Iowa, there are steps that many local teachers take to facilitate parent and family engagement.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING OR WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN THAT EFFECTIVELY ENGAGES STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO HELP THEM OVERCOME SITUATIONAL BARRIERS TO LEARNING? Please share your responses here.