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Research Study

The Home Visit Project has the potential to affect educators, parents, and students by strengthening connections between parents and teachers — building trust and allowing them to communicate more freely with each other throughout the school year. This communication can increase parents’ understanding of their children’s school experiences and the supports they can provide their children aligned to these experiences. It may increase educators’ understanding of and ability to utilize the resources that their students have at home, potentially facilitating the use of culturally responsive strategies. These forces may combine to benefit students in multiple dimensions, increasing their engagement with school and their learning. This study will allow us to test the effectiveness of the Home Visit Project on educators, families, and students.

Research Design and Methods

In partnership with the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, this research study will be conducted as a randomized controlled trial (RCT). The advantage of an RCT design is that it provides convincing estimates of the causal effects of the program. At each participating school, approximately half of the educators who apply to the Home Visit Project will be randomly selected to particiate in 2019-20. The other half will serve as a comparison group and be given priority to participate in 2020-21. The study will utilize a rich set of data — including administrative data from our school district partners and surveys of educators, parents, and students — to understand the effects of the Home Visit Project on students, educators, and parents. This study will measure the causal effects of the Home Visit Project which will provide insights into the importance of developing stronger home-school connections and the potential for this approach of home visitations to build those connections.

Research Questions

  • Student Effects: What are the effects of the Home Visit Project on students (e.g., attendance rates, engagement in class, discipline referrals, grades, test scores)?
  • Parent Effects: What are the effects of the Home Visit Project on parents (e.g. communication with teachers, school engagement, comfort engaging with school)?
  • Educator Effects: What are the effects of the Home Visit Project on educators (e.g., job satisfaction, school climate, implicit biases, mindset shifts, teaching method changes)?

F.A.Q.

Why is the Home Visit Project conducting a randomized controlled trial (RCT)?

The past few years of our project have demonstrated preliminary evidence of positive effects. A rigorous research study is necessary to investigate how relationship-building home visits impact educators, students, and families.

Who is eligible to participate in the RCT?

Classroom teachers (no TAs or other staff) who teach Pre-K through 5th grade in a North Texas public school district.

How can I learn more about the Home Visit Project before I sign up?
How do we get started?

District level administrators must first approve the district’s participation in the randomized controlled trial (RCT). Details of the project are either presented or shared with campus leadership. Any principals interested in their campus participating may sign up by emailing Stacey at svanhoy@stand.org.

Before I sign up, what’s required from classroom teachers?
  • Only campuses with 8 or more classroom teachers are eligible.
  • Once the principal emails Stacey at svanhoy@stand.org, a link will be sent for the principal to share with their classroom teachers, so that they can begin to register to participate.
  • Principals must opt-in to participate no later than Friday, May 10, 2019 at 5 p.m.
  • From the registrations, half of the teachers at each qualifying campus will be randomly selected for the study group and will be required to attend a 3.5-hour training in July or August of 2019. The other half will act as the control group and will be asked to complete 1-3 surveys and will be compensated for their time.
  • Each classroom teacher who participates in the study group (selected by the researchers and completes the 3.5-hour summer training) will be required to visit at least 6 unique families from their roster twice, once in the fall and once in the spring. Because visits happen in teams of two, each teacher will conduct a total of 12 visits with their students’ families, and 12 visits with their partner’s families for a total of 24 visits (12 in the fall and 12 in the spring).
  • Teachers will be compensated for visits at the district’s supplemental pay rate. For example, if your district’s supplemental pay rate is $20/hour, you will be compensated $20/visit, for a total of $480 upon completion of the project.
I’m a principal and my campus is excited to participate. What are my next steps?

Email Stacey at svanhoy@stand.org to let her know that your campus is in! Then share the information with your teachers and encourage them to learn more about the Home Visit Project by visiting the website.

Send an email with your intent to participate by Friday, May 10, 2019 at 5 p.m. to svanhoy@stand.org.

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