Join Pioneer Valley Project for a Rally and Action to Expand Teacher Home Visits in the Springfield Schools!
Thursday, May 3rd
Springfield City Hall
5:45pm-Meet on City Hall Steps for Rally then School Committee Meeting
Students Succeed When Parents And Teachers Work Together
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Springfield has one of the lowest graduation rates in the state. In 2003, The Pioneer Valley Project began to organize to make Springfield schools more open and responsive to parents and families. Too often schools only contact parents when there is a problem. PVP, working with the Springfield Education Association (SEA), began the teacher home visit program to change how schools relate to parents by building positive relationships first as the basis for working together for student success. Home visits have been shown to reduce absenteeism, improve student behavior, increase parent involvement in student education, and ultimately improve academic performance. In 2005, Springfield schools agreed to expand home visits in collaboration with PVP and the SEA.
Now 13 schools are part of the program, but it is only reaching about 6% of Springfield students.
We need a greater commitment from the Springfield School Committee and the incoming Superintendent to support and expand home visits!
We're at a critical point for building and supporting this program as we work to make it a more central part of Springfield's schools:
1) The school district is threatening to cut full-time Parent Faciliators who coordinate the home visit program in schools. Last year similar cuts hurt the program, and PVP organized to get these positions reinstated. We need to do the same again this year!
2) A new superintendent will be coming into the Springfield schools, and we want to make the Teacher Home Visit Project one of the top priorities of whoever it is that comes into the position. The School Committee can make this program a priority for the new superintendent!
3) Across the country, the Home Visit Project is expanding. In areas where the program is blossoming, their School Committees are strong advocates for the program. We want to make our School Committee not just a supporter, but an advocate for the program!