What are the Non-negotiables of the program?Non-negotiable #1: Visits are voluntary for all- Both educators and families have the option to be involved in the PTHV program. Visits cannot be mandatory for any reason.Non-negotiable #2: Staff are trained and compensated - All educators and staff are paid for each home visit that occurs outside of ones contract hours.Non-negotiable #3: We shre hopes, dreams, and goals- The purpose of the home visit is to build relationships by getting to know the family/caretakers and the students and asking about hopes.Non-negotiable #4: We don't target students- Home visits are to build relationships. If students are singled out because of culture, language, behavior, skin color, ability, attendance, etc. this will not accomplish the goal of building relationships. Is it okay to visit any of your students? Yes, Please do! Just make sure to be equitable and mindful about who you're visiting and why.Non-negotiable #5: Staff go in pairs and reflect- All visits, no matter the type of visit must be attended by two but up to three educators. Why?
Non-negotiable #6: Scheduled in Advance- All visits, no matter the type must be scheduled in advance with the family and visit partner (other educator/s).Non-negotiable #7: Enter the visit into Infinite Campus- All visits must be entered intp Infinite Campus by one of the two educators who completed the home visit. Why?
- Relationship building- The most important reason- if an educator goes on a home visit to all of their students and builds great relationships but then leaves at the end of the year, those relationships leave with them. But if those home visits were done by two people and one of those people leaves, those families still feel connected to the school because there are still educators that they know at the school. Remember, the purpose of the home visits is to build relationships in the school, not just with a teacher. The more school staff a family knows, the more connect they feel.
- Safety- making sure that both families and educators feels safe and comfortable during the home visit is of utmost importance. Some people do not feel comfortable meeting with just one staff member in their home/neutral location/online because of religious, cultural or personal reasons.
- Data Collection: IC is the number 1 place that the PTHV team uses to collect data on the program and in order to continue to receive funding for this program, we need to provide up-to-date and accurate data.
- Future Visits: Over 100 schools across the district and over 6,000 educators are doing visits in DPS. IC is a great place for those doing visits to go back and see if a student has received a PTHV previously and to learn more about those visits. This will helps educators to further connect with families!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the online program last?
Online visits currently make up alomst half of the visits completed across the district. Online visits will be available until further notice!
When can we make online visits?
To receive payment, visits may only occur outside of your normally scheduled working hours (usually evenings and weekends) and must be scheduled in advance.
Will we be paid for our online visits?
Yes, your pay will remain the same for all types of visits.
Who can participate in the online PTHV program?
Any trained staff can participated in the online PTHV program. See the main page for available trainings.
Can I still participate in the online PTHV program if my certification has expired or is going to expire soon?
The recertification module has been added to the Learning Space. Please search "PTHV Recertification" under courses. Only complete if your certificate is expiring within 2 months or already expired.
Can we make phone calls instead of video calls?
No, all online visits must be video calls with the family and student both present.
How long should each visit last?
Each visit should last 30-40 minutes.
How many teachers/staff can go on a visit?
Two school staff must be on the visit. Three person visits needs prior approval from the PTHV district coordinator.
What are the benefits of participating in the home visit program?
- The PTHV program can positively affect:
- Student performance
- Teaching satisfaction and turnover
- Instruction and classroom management
- School climate
When do home visits happen?
- Home visits can happen anytime that both the student and family is available:
- After school
- Vacation days
How long is a Parent Teacher Home Visit?
- A home visit is:
- All visits must last 30-40 minutes.
Are we compensated for visits?
- In order to be compensated for PTHV's, you must be fully certified in PTHV.
Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
1860 Lincoln Street, 12th floor
Denver, CO 80203
District PTHV Coordinator:
Home Visit & Empowerment Coordinator
Home Visit Email
For general FACE questions:
All training will occur online unless otherwise requested by your school site. To maintain and active certification, you must take the recertifcation training every 3 years. This recertification training can be found in the Learning Space. If you have any questions, please reach out to Odalys Melgoza at firstname.lastname@example.org
Things to note:
- You will receive payment for the training.
- If a minimum of 10 participants isn't reached, the training will be rescheduled for a different day.
- Signup will close 2 days prior to the scheduled training, please reach out to Odalys Melgoza at email@example.com