Educational Institutions


aka HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program

Saint Louis, MO


HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program partners families and teachers for children's success. HOME WORKS! aims to improve academic achievement, attendance, classroom behavior, and homework completion by training, supporting, and helping pay teachers to visit the homes of their struggling students to engage parents in their children's education.

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Founder & Executive Director

Karen S. Kalish

Board Chair

Amy B Murphy

Main Address

225 Linden Avenue

Saint Louis, MO 63105 USA


Education, Teacher Facilitation, Parent Engagement, Schools, Family





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Parent Teacher Group (B94)

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FACT: In Missouri in 2015, only 36 % of 4th graders were proficient (on grade level) in reading and 36% of 8th graders were proficient in math. (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2017)

Most public school students in Missouri spend only 13.9% of their year in school (174 days a year times seven hours a day), yet we hold teachers 100% responsible for students' education. Teachers cannot educate their students alone – they must have academic support from their students' homes for their students to succeed in school and in life. One of the most effective ways to increase academic achievement at school is to increase reading, talking, and learning at home. It is critical that parents are stressing the importance of education and making sure their children go to school every day, all day. The lack of parent engagement is a key challenge facing schools and our students.

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The goal of HOME WORKS! is to improve the academic achievement, attendance, classroom behavior, homework completion, and attitudes toward school of at-risk students so all students come to school ready to learn, stay on or above grade level through high school, and go on to and graduate from college or some other post-secondary institution ready for the workforce or further education. HOME WORKS! improves student outcomes by building and/or strengthening the relationship between teachers and parents – school and home – to give parents tools and strategies to use at home to complement instruction in school.

Anticipated outcomes from positive changes in the relationship between parents and teachers include:
1. Increased parent and family engagement in their children's education
• parents read to/with their children (or make sure they read) daily, including on holidays, vacations, and weekends
• parents practice daily two-way conversation with their children
• parents communicate high expectations
• parents talk with their children about the value of education and their aspirations
• parents create a learning environment at home
• parents demonstrate love, support, and encouragement for their children daily
2. Informed teacher interaction with parents and students
• teachers and parents frequently communicate with each other about the progress of the students
• teachers get to know families and have a better understanding of how to partner with them
• teachers use information gathered on home visits to modify instruction for students
3. Improved student outcomes
• children improve school attendance, coming to school on time, all day, and every day
• children improve academic achievement and state test scores
• children consistently complete homework
• children improve classroom behavior which leads to increased instructional time

HOME WORKS! trains, supports, and helps pay teachers of high-need students to visit their homes to engage their parents and families as partners in their children's education to improve academic achievement, attendance, classroom behavior, homework completion, and attitudes toward school so that students have the education and opportunities to become successful in school and in life.

TRAINING is mandatory for all teachers and school personnel making home visits to acquire the skills necessary to visit homes that are often different from their own. Our effective training includes information on and discussion of cultural competency, assumptions and fears, and includes role playing.

Families are invited to a FAMILY DINNER at school that provides an excellent opportunity for families and teachers to “break bread" together. When teachers hear about barriers to attending the dinners (such as the need for childcare, transportation, or having to work) they offer solutions. They do whatever it takes to get parents to attend.

The HOME VISIT focuses on building relationships and trust to establish the communication necessary for a partnership between teachers, parents, and families. Parents receive a resource bag with a book along with school, library, and community information and fun educational activities for the family to do with their child. They review the academics, grade-level expectations, and the attendance record of the student. The visit allows teachers to learn about families “on their own turf" to discuss the importance of reading and talking with their children daily and attending school all day, every day. Teachers suggest ways parents can create an environment that supports learning by sharing skills that parents can intentionally and continuously use with their children at home for their academic success. If the family has limited English proficiency, or a parent is deaf, an interpreter accompanies the teachers on the visits. Attendance is discussed at all visits. If it's perfect, they celebrate; if not, they discuss – with no blame, shame, or guilt – ways to get the student to school all day, every day. In addition, teachers talk with parents about the academic achievement of ALL the children in the home.

All families are invited to attend THREE PARENT TEACHER LEARNING TEAM MEETINGS at school a year where parents meet to learn their child's academic progress; set academic goals, and receive books, games, and strategies to use with their child at home. At meetings, teachers of each grade-level join together to present crucial academic information to their students' parents based on curriculum, Common Core standards, and student data. Meetings include a PowerPoint presentation, a review of student performance for the class/grade as a whole, and each student's individual academic performance. Classroom meetings include refreshments and interactive sessions.

Data shows the impact that home visits are having:
• State test scores for math and communication arts increased for HOME WORKS! students compared to students who did not receive home visits.
• Students who received home visits scored higher on STAR national reading tests than students who did not receive visits.
• Math grades improved among 3rd to 6th grade HOME WORKS! students while math grades of non-participants declined.
• Students who received home visits were less likely to miss two weeks or more of school (chronic absenteeism) than students who did not receive a home visit.

HOME WORKS! works with organizations and corporations to further support our schools.
• Local public libraries ensure that our students and their families have access to library cards and provide library and literacy information to our families. Librarians from local public libraries attend all family dinners.
• Ready to Learn, a local nonprofit, provides HOME WORKS! students and families with books.
• Ameren Missouri educates and assists HOME WORKS! families who struggle to pay their utility bills.
HOME WORKS! also asks principals to convene all the nonprofits operating in their buildings so we can meet and work together for the students in that school.

HOME WORKS! values the power of evaluation to promote program accountability, knowledge development, and continuous quality improvement. HOME WORKS! partners with an external evaluator, EMT Associates, to conduct process and outcome evaluations assessing implementation quality and program effectiveness on an annual basis.

The evaluation for the 2017-2018 school year incorporates data from several sources, including training participant feedback surveys, teacher logs, teacher and staff surveys, and parent surveys administered upon completion of each visit. Training feedback surveys are completed by participants at the conclusion of each training session to assess the overall quality of training delivery, the completeness and relevance of training content, and the applicability of training concepts to the home visit experience.
HOME WORKS! also tracks information logged by teacher home visitors at the completion of each visit to monitor accountability and generate reimbursements. Information maintained in the teacher log includes the number of students and families targeted for participation, the number and percentage of visit attempts resulting in completed home visits, the date and duration of completed visits, the individuals present at each visit, the demographic characteristics and needs of participating students and families, and the perceived outcome of the intervention. Information is exported for analysis on a monthly and annual basis as part of a continuous quality improvement process.

The HOME WORKS! evaluation is also incorporating feedback from parent surveys collected at family dinner events. Parents are asked to share perceptions about each visit and about the impact of teacher home visits on parent-teacher relationship quality, parent communication, parent engagement in school, and school performance.

To facilitate the data collection process, HOME WORKS! establishes formal Memorandums of Understanding with each district that adhere to federal data access and confidentiality guidelines. HOME WORKS! pays site coordinators in each school building to coordinate the data collection process.

Teacher, Parent, and Student Perceptions:
• 95% of surveyed teachers believed that teacher home visits improved students' motivation and attitudes toward school.
• 95% of parents surveyed at family dinners felt that attending made them feel welcome and more connected to their child's school.
• 94% of surveyed parents who received second visits saw improvements in their child's school performance.
• 91% of teachers believed home visits improved their relationships with parents, and 89% of teachers felt that home visits strengthened their understanding of their students' cultures and home lives.
• 90% of all parents surveyed felt that home visits improved their relationships with their children's teachers and that they were “very comfortable" contacting them.
• 83% of surveyed teachers felt that they were successful in reaching students and families in their schools with the greatest needs for support.
• 82% of teachers observed improvement in students who had issues with academic performance.
• 80% of surveyed teachers believed that home visits increased their effectiveness as teachers by giving them new insights into the strengths and needs of their students.
• Students, parents, and teachers all reported improvements in homework completion.
All of our results indicate enthusiastic support of the HOME WORKS! program.

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