“After the first Parent Teacher Learning Team meeting, the mother went home and began to use the tools and information she received at the meeting to work with her daughter at home on skills she’ll need to be ready for kindergarten. The teacher has seen an improvement in the child’s academic level because the parents are working with the student at home.” –Staff, Dewey International Studies, St. Louis Public School
The Parent Teacher Learning Team model has three main components:
One training and home visit
Training is mandatory for all teachers making home visits because additional skills are needed to visit homes that are very different from their own. They learn how to build positive relationships and communicate effectively with parents/guardians. Teachers make one home visit, in pairs, to each of their students who are performing below grade level; have attendance/behavior/tardiness issues; are new to the school; or are ELL. Teachers discuss the importance of reading and talking to children daily and attending school all day, every day, and lay the foundation for creating a home environment that supports learning by sharing tools, skills, and knowledge parents must use in the home for their children to succeed at school.
Three classroom meetings
All parents/guardians are expected to attend three evening meetings at school, which includes a light dinner, learning, and goal setting. Each meeting focuses on one or two academic skills students are learning in the classroom (usually one language, one math). Each include a PowerPoint presentation to teach the two skills, review of student performance for the class as a whole, as well as individual academic performance and what parents/guardians need to know and do for their children to be on or above grade level. Teachers assist parents/guardians in setting academic goals for their child. They demonstrate activities that parents/guardians must use at home with their child, give them toolkits with the necessary supplies, and time to practice the activities with each other during the meeting. Students participate in organized activities in another room during these meetings.
One 20-30 minute in-depth, two-way individual conference
The parents/guardians, student, and teacher review the student’s academic performance, set goals, create an action plan for improvement, discuss how to specifically support learning at home, and develop stronger relationships. Additional individual conferences are scheduled as needed.