Middletown educators provide support for students with ‘porch tours’ – NBC Connecticut

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Educators in Middletown strive to make sure students have what they need, whether they learn in person or at home.

The continued effort comes after a recent report released by the Connecticut Rise Network. The study found that over 46% of distance learners were not on track to level up and graduate on time.

Staff at Middletown High School strive to reach students with ‘porch tours’. These weekly meetings allow teachers, counselors and administrators to improve student engagement.

“We’re really trying to connect with students beyond Zoom and get that real person-to-person interaction,” said Lindsay Lowell, professor of social studies at Middletown High School. “When students can see us, they can get a bit of that emotional support they need to keep their heads in the game.”

De’Mia Rose-Daniels receives gifts from a guidance counselor at Middletown High School. High school staff offer these “porch tours” every week to support students.

Even before the Connecticut Rise Network released its report, staff at Middletown High School were already circling to meet students and families at a safe distance.

“We make sure to knock on doors to show families who we are and to show them that we care about us,” said Raymond Byron, Deputy Principal of Middletown High School. “We want to show students that it’s not just about education or curriculum, it’s about relationships, especially during this time.”

The Rose-Daniels family have grown accustomed to this weekly reunion with their family from Middletown High School.

“I love seeing my teachers,” said De’Mia Rose-Daniels, a freshman at Middletown High School. “I like seeing my teachers.”

Kind regards also mean a lot to Da-Mia’s mother.

“It brings a little bit of encouragement and I think it gives her hope and I think it reminds her that she is still very much appreciated and appreciated as a student,” said Delita Rose-Daniels. “It feels good to see people taking time out of their day and doing so much work every day.”

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