Testimonials

Almost 96% of my students completed homework, an increase of 50% or so, after home visits began! Parents were invested! Kids were invested! Grades went up and reading scores increased thanks to HOME WORKS! – Teacher

I didn’t want to make home visits. I was scared and uncomfortable. But when other teachers were having such success, I decided I had to try it. WOW! What a difference in my class and with my parents. -Teacher

It looks like the teachers who have made home visits have shown the greatest growth in acuity; the third grade is beating the district average by 10%. – Cameron Coleman, Principal, Adams Elementary, St. Louis Public Schools 

 

My co-visitor and I have made over 20 visits together. It has been a great experience and I will be doing this again next year with my new class. I have already spoken with my principal to see if the three Kindergarten students I visited could be in my class next year. Thanks for opening my eyes to bridge the link between home and school. – Karen Hoelscher, Teacher

 

When we had parent teacher conferences in the fall, I received drop-in visits from two of the families who I had done home visits with. Out of all of my advisory class students, those were the only two that came to visit with me. I was touched that the parents wanted to stop by and say hello. The parents were happy to see a familiar face and come check out my classroom, even though I had their students for a non-academic class. At that moment, I really saw how the home visit with these families had helped build a connection. – Cassie Boeckman, Teacher, Roosevelt High School 

 

Because of the HOME WORKS! Program home school relationships at Pershing have improved and in school suspensions have fallen by 10%. -Herbert Buie, Principal Pershing Elementary School, U City Schools

 

I LOVE these home visits.  It has greatly enhanced my relationships with my students and their parents.  My parents will call me instead of waiting for me to get in touch.  My students will be open and share things with me.  I have better understanding of behaviors and “bad” days.  This has been the best thing for a first year middle school teacher!” -Administrator, Preclarus Mastery Academy

 

I would like to take this time to share with you my deepest appreciation on how you interact with the parents of your school children.  This is new to me because I have never received this kind of one-on-one attention that I have seen from you and your staff.  My daughter is happier attending Woerner and she is crazy about her teacher.  My experience with teachers visiting the home was a great opportunity and I look forward to the next one.  Thank you! -Telisha Kimbrough, Parent, Woerner Elementary School

He went from hood up, head down, no eye contact and a very reluctant reader to setting goals, asking about his goals and achieving his goals.  He is a completely different person.  He read 32 words per minutes to start the year and is currently reading 108 words per minute.  His reading level has gone from 3rd grade to 5th grade and he is no so defiant.  HOME WORKS! Has had a huge impact on this child’s life. -Rhonda Spotanski, HOME WORKS! Teacher

 

HOME WORKS! helped my son’s teacher and me bridge the communication gap to create a close personal relationship between us. The materials that his teachers provided and the one-on-one discussions during the home visits and Family Dinners make my kid’s learning a priority and are educational for my whole family. I can’t think of a better way to break down barriers to my son achieving than by having face to face conversations with the entire family in the home versus coming to the school. -HOME WORKS! Parent

 

This program makes a huge difference. I have heard all the parents talking about how HOME WORKS! is a great benefit because they learn a lot on helping their children academically and behaviorally. Thank you, HOME WORKS!, for all that you do for the children because you are not only helping them develop, but changing the entire course of their future. -Anabella Lopez, Translator and HOME WORKS! Parent, Dewey International Studies School

 

I learned so much on my visit. At times, it appears that this family does not support each other. I saw the complete opposite in the home, which was very warm and inviting. Since then, this student has done a 180 as far as participating in class.  His hand has been up to answer questions more in the last couple of weeks than the first several months of school. -HOME WORKS! Teacher

 

I think HOME WORKS! is a great way for schools to partner with parents/families in reaching educational goals.  HOME WORKS! helped my son’s teacher and me bridge the communication gap to create a close personal relationship between us. The materials that his teachers provided and the one-on-one discussions during the home visits and Family Dinners make my kid’s learning a priority and are educational for my whole family.  I can’t think of a better way to break down barriers to my son achieving than by having face to face conversations with the entire family in the home versus coming to the school. -Angie Carey, HOME WORKS! Parent

 

Teachers can’t stop remarking how much they are learning at the home visits. In fact, I am wondering how we ever got along without them. -Cameron Coleman, Principal at Adams Elementary School, St. Louis Public Schools

 

This family does not have much.  They feel so blessed, as they are refugees from Somalia.  The grandmother is currently visiting.  Knowing that she will be returning to war torn Somalia soon, I can say that I will be very aware of the student’s emotions after her departure.  I know they are close. -HOME WORKS! Teacher

K’s aunt was extremely excited to have some building representatives in her home to assist her nephew, Keith.  She had some questions regarding his senior schedule, ACT preparation, and college scholarships.  She thanked us profusely as we were leaving, once with the comment, ‘Thanks for caring about him.’ -HOME WORKS! Teacher

 

Suspensions at Pershing are down from 50 last year to 20 this year, and I attribute this to home visits and the strengthening of relationships with parents. –Herbert Buie, Principal Pershing Elementary School, U City Schools 

 

At the previous visit, S’s mother was a little upset with the school and some events that had happened with her other child at the beginning of the year. Although neither I nor the other teacher I visited with had any control over those issues, we still listened and assured her we would be open to helping with any further problems she may have. I think this interaction during the first visit helped us a lot with the second visit. The mother was much less upset with the school. She even invited S’s father to attend the meeting, which she did not the first time. It was a very positive experience. Since then, S has made improvements in reading. The mother said they read at home during our first visit. After visiting with the family, I can tell they are really reading more at home though. It has become more of a priority. This is showing in her class work. – HOME WORKS! Teacher 

 

Our two science teachers are across the hall from each other. One has visited every one of her students, the other one has not-yet. They both gave the same homework assignment. 87% of the students in the home visiting class turned in the assignment on time. Only 30% of the students in the other class did. Home visits are having an enormously positive effect in our school. – Chauncey Granger, Principal Southeast Middle School, Hazelwood School District

 

Home visits have opened up a dialogue between the parents and myself. Thirteen students out of 17 [76%] students are regularly turning in homework in my class (it used to be 6 kids out of 17 turning it in – 35%) and I really think this is due to the partnership that the parents and I have forged through the interactions we have had in their homes. The visits also allow the students to see this partnership in action and how important their education is to their parents and their teacher. -Rachel Turney, 2nd grade teacher at Woerner Elementary, St. Louis Public Schools