A key effort of turning around a school is to have teachers visit students at home. The impact that these connections make is profound.
At Bentley School, the yearly home visit isn’t just for struggling students or troublemakers. It’s to build ongoing, positive relationships with families.
When the Florentino family was visited by a team of teachers, Deyanira Florentino told them that she likes the support that she and her two children have been receiving. She moved to the neighborhood of Salem’s Point 10 years ago from the Dominican Republic. She does not speak English, and her third grade daughter Deyanis is an English Language Learner.
The visit was made by two of Deyanis’ teachers, Frances Toto and Meghan Santoro, and the school office manager, Yamily Byas, who was the translator. The visit lasted 30 minutes, and focused on Deyanis and her studies.