Researchers Look to Enhance Relationships Between Madison Teachers and Kindergartners

August 7, 2018

From The Capital Times:

This summer, about 100 Madison families with kids entering kindergarten will get home visits from teachers in an experimental effort to build relationships.

Beth Vaade, a program evaluation specialist with the Madison School District and co-director of the Madison Education Partnership, said the hope is to forge a bond with families so when kids go from 4-year-old kindergarten to 5-year-old classes “on that first day, they’re feeling like this is a safe place, this is a place that cares about me, and a place that I want to be part of.”

The partnership is a research effort between the district, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and community members that aims to improve educational outcomes. Also leading the project is Eric Grodsky, a professor of sociology and educational policy studies at UW-Madison.

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