The Flamboyan Foundation is excited to announce the selection of two teacher delegates and one D.C. parent to represent the District of Columbia’s home visit work at the 8th National Parent Teacher Home Visit Project Conference. Flamboyan is sponsoring the teachers and parent, who will co-lead a session for other home visiting parents, teachers, and community leaders at the conference.
This year’s teacher delegates are Kristen Whitaker, a high school history teacher at Columbia Heights Education Campus; and Susan Freye, a first grade teacher at C.W. Harris Elementary School. Keesha Cox , parent of a 7th grader at Wheatley Education Campus, will represent D.C. parents at the conference.
The teacher delegates were chosen from a pool of talented applicants for their ability to leverage lessons learned during home visits to impact their instructional practice and school-wide improvement efforts. The teacher and parent delegates each receive an all-expense paid trip to the conference and a cash stipend for their work time.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our teacher and parent delegates to learn and share best practices for home visiting and to network with others who are committed to family engagement,” said Susan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Flamboyan Foundation in Washington, D.C. “We are proud that our delegates to the conference will represent the excellent partnering work being done to build trusting relationships between families and teachers in the District of Columbia.”
The Parent Teacher Home Visit Project National Conference will be held October 23 to October 25 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Our D.C. delegates will co-lead a session on leveraging learning from home visits to meet student-specific and school-wide goals.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to network with over 400 other parents, teachers, union leaders, community organizations and district staff to learn what makes parent teacher home visiting unique and strong in their communities. They will also be among the first to learn where D.C. ranks among the states for the number of home visits done this school year. Last year, the District of Columbia was second place in the country. This year, the District of Columbia is poised to come in first, with teachers already having conducted more than 7,000 home visits, building trusting relationships with nearly 10 percent of families in D.C. public and public charter schools.
In 2011, the co-founders of the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project first came to the District of Columbia to offer home visit training to educators in a handful of pilot Family Engagement Partner (FEP) schools. Since then, the Flamboyan Foundation has cultivated its own local training team of staff, D.C. teachers, and parents. The local team has trained over 1,000 D.C. teachers who collectively have done over 15,000 home visits since 2011.
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Contact: Athena W. Hernandez