Mindset Shifts and Parent Teacher Home Visits

Mindset Shifts and Parent Teacher Home Visits

Educators' home visits with their students' families can help both educators and parents change their behaviors in ways that support student achievement, a report from Parent Teacher Home Visits (PTHV) finds. Funded by the Flamboyan, W.K. Kellogg, and Stuart foundations and the National Education Association, the report, Mindset Shifts and Parent Teacher Home Visits (64 pages, PDF), found that the achievement gap for students of color can be attributed in part to educators' implicit biases, which shape their expectations of and behavior toward students, whose performance is affected in turn. Conducted by RTI International, the study found that home visits by teachers who are trained in the PTHV model often lead to more equitable relationships with parents, who report an increased willingness to reach out to teachers about their children's needs, while educators themselves develop a better understanding of their students' interests and work to more empathetically engage and motivate them. The report further recommends that the PTHV model be enhanced with strategies designed to more intentionally target implicit biases, provide training and/or support for families, and be integrated as part of a systems approach in partnership with schools.