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Parent-Teacher Home Visits – Math

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Program Description

The Parent Teacher Home Visits model was co-created by parents and educators using the community organizing principles of shared leadership. Participating teachers conduct 30-40 minute home visits in which educators listen, ask questions, and make observations that they can take back to their classrooms to improve instruction for the learner. As a two-visit model, PTHV encourages the first relationship-building visit to occur in the summer or early fall, followed by ongoing communication throughout the year and a second visit that focuses on academics or any other relevant issue to the student or family. The PTHV model has five non-negotiables:

  • Visits are voluntary and arranged in advance
  • Teachers are trained and compensated for visits
  • Visits focus on hopes and dreams
  • Educators visit a cross-section of students (not a targeted intervention)
  • Educators go in pairs and reflect

Program Outcomes

A 2021 study by the Regional Education Laboratory of the Mid-Atlantic at Mathematica used a quasi-experimental study design using matched comparison group propensity scores to investigate the impacts of structured relationship-building teacher home visits conducted in grades 1–5 as part of a family engagement program in the District of Columbia Public Schools. During the school year following a home visit, the study found that, on average, significant improvements in math scores on standardized tests (ES = +0.11).

Staffing Requirements

No additional staffing required.

Professional Development/Training

None required.


None required.