Huffington Post Blog: Seattle & Springfield Home Visits Program Featured

"Bringing it Home"


I am delighted to share with you my op-ed, linked above, which the Huffington Post posted yesterday afternoon.


It tells the powerful story of parent-teacher home visits in two of our Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative sites, Seattle, WA and Springfield, MA, and points to the keystone of their success: a dynamic collaboration between the union, the district, and their communities.


I encourage you to read it, to comment on it, and to share it with others. Questions? Let me

Issue Brief: Parent-Teacher Home Visits

Parent-teacher home visits, virtually unheard of a decade ago, are rapidly gaining national attention. They are proving to be a way of deepening trust and relationships among teachers, parents and students, and helping teachers better understand the

How Four Union-District Teams Are Improving Student Performance and Why We’re Helping Them

Union-district teams in Lee County, FL; Springfield, MA; Omaha, NE; and Columbus, OH have been selected from among thousands of school districts nationwide to participate in the latest expansion of the NEA Foundation’s Closing the

Springfield Educators Engage Parents Through Home Visits

A year ago, we selected a partnership between Springfield Education Association and Springfield Public Schools to receive $1.25 million grant for their plan to improve student achievement through our Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative.


Now, they

Collaboration: An Undervalued Key to Sustaining School Reform Efforts

By Harriet Sanford

President & CEO, The NEA Foundation


Last month, we brought together an amazing group of individuals, the leaders of our Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative sites. At our annual convening, teams of local union leaders,

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