Teachers: Is The Home Visit Proposal For Real?

image from webmedia.newseum.orgEveryone's been talking about Brizard's notion of sending CPS teachers out on home visits since yesterday: 

CPS teachers making home visits
Sun Times: 

CPS Head Wants Teachers to Visit Homes 

Teachers who visit homes well-received by parents
Sun Times: 

Schools CEO: More days in class, home visits but fewer teacher raises
Sun Times

I can't really tell if it's a serious proposal or just one of those pet
ideas that officials sometimes float and reporters glom onto.  Is it an intentional distraction, meant to divert attention from salaries, school days, etc?


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  • It does not have anything to do with disrespecting our students. It has everything to do with our safety. Look, when a student tells you that you need to be careful, you heed that warning. Our students look out for us because they know we respect them and care about them.

    I dare YOU to make a home visit in a high crime area.

  • Here, here!

  • Because apparently, the world believes that we should be living in poverty and should have no outside life. LOL

    I am with you Anthony. I am with you.

  • Why do you resort to insulting teachers? Maybe that is why they come off the way they do. You seem to want to put people right on the defensive fence.

  • Finally somebody else has chimed in, what is it that our CEO obviously does not know, that we have been making home visits in CPS for YEARS. It is not unusual for nurses, teachers, case managers to make home visits it is all part of the job. Why? How do you think some of the SPED evaluation interviews get done, we go to the parent. I've gone to their work place, home,where ever it takes to get the job done.

    Now those little surprise visits we often make for other reasons, first we go in pairs for two reasons, protection and to serve as a witness for each other. Parents have every right to refuse to answer the door, let us in and often do so. On home visits I have seen the world, the stench of poverty of the soul, what depression looks and smells like, neglect and to opposite, parents just working to get by and doing their best. Why do we go there has to be a over riding reason. The kid stinks, is peeing on themselves in the fifth grade, more than just a few absences, say 15-20 or 50 -60.

    The bottom line is that the reason we invade a families home space (and it is an invasion) is to offer help and to make sense of a picture with information we just can't get any other way. And trust me no one enjoy's these things.

  • Dear reasonable

    Great talking point ,now how about explaining how much a veteran suburban teacher
    Makes compared to someone in CPS. How about this

    Me masters degree 42 years $ 80,086
    Suburban counterpart masters 27 years $ 137,574
    That is a $ 57,000 difference. No envy , no gripe just the
    Cold facts. Next time mention that in your analysis

  • What does the 14th amendment have to do with an optional visit from a CPS teacher to your home? Do you mean the 4th amendment, which involve searches?

  • Still you are not getting a point, for some of us home visits have been a routine part of our jobs for years. Who is making probably 1-4 home visits a month already look at your SPED team.

    Yes, we go to places that would make most toss their lunch on occasion. And to every home on an as needed basis, not just to those in "safe" zip codes.

  • I recommend that teachers and parents look at the research on the issue of teacher home visits. There is a very current study involving Saint Louis
    There is very limited evidence of academic improvement between those students who had visits and those who did not based on that study. However, 51% of the teachers of students who had home visits thought there was some improvement in the behavior, home work compliance, and academics.

    There are other studies that seem to indicate that teachers who conduct home visits have greater connection with their students. An example of this is a study by Claudia Peralta-Nash http://www.teqjournal.org/backvols/2003/30_4/peraltanash.pdf
    From what I have seen in the research it appears that home visits for children in early childhood programs may be the most beneficial. See http://www.parentsasteachers.org/images/stories/CECP_CFQ_Research_Brief5.pdf

    I do think CPS needs to establish a very clear protocol for teacher referrals to DCFS in relation to what they discover during some home visits. I think the definition of parental neglect as a legal standard needs to be established for teachers before they conduct home visits. The reason for this is state law (The Illinois Abused and Neglected Children's Reporting Act ) mandates that teachers must make reports to DCFS if they have reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect. Mandated reporters who make good faith reports have the same immunity from liability under the law as non-mandated reporters. However, a mandated reporter's failure to report suspected instances of child abuse or neglect to DCFS constitutes a Class A misdemeanor; simply reporting suspicions to a superior does not satisfy legal requirements. If a visiting teacher suspects that there is illegal drug use in the home it is legally required that it be reported as that is under Illinois law a form of child neglect. Given the level of drug abuse in some communities they could become a real problem.

    The definition of reasonable cause for reporting to DCFS needs to be clearly established by CPS prior to starting this program because of the legal situation teachers are in. Overall I support the idea of home visits as long as teachers are paid for the time and appropriately trained. I am not confident CPS currently has the resources to do it right.

    Rod Estvan

  • You can read my letter to the editor of the Tribune which is about the unbelievable waste at Clark Street:

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