Teachers visit families at home in 700 communities nationwide. The idea is earning attention in Seattle.

Tara O’Brien, left, who teaches seventh grade math at Traner Middle School in Reno, chats with student Freddy Ramirez Diaz and his mother, Maria, during a home visit. Studies have shown that students at schools with home-visit programs generally have higher test scores and better attendance. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Tara O’Brien, left, who teaches seventh grade math at Traner Middle School in Reno, chats with student Freddy Ramirez Diaz and his mother, Maria, during a home visit. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

For the past 10 years, the school district in Reno, Nevada, has trained teachers to visit students and families where it might matter most — in their living rooms. New research links the approach to stronger relationships and academic outcomes.

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