Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Fostering parental engagement at the elementary school level for urban students of poverty and color: A grant proposal
by Saunders, Demetria, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 75; 1523192
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose ofthis project was to establish a system of structured parental involvement utilizing parent liaisons in Verde Elementary and Peres Elementary Schools within the West Contra Costa Unified School District in Northern California. This system would facilitate parental engagement in the educational process of the students.

The target population, urban students of poverty and color, has been shown to have lower levels of academic achievement and high school graduation rates than other students. Parental involvement has been shown to enhance academic achievement and to benefit families, schools, and communities. The primary goal of the program is to increase the level of engagement of all parents within the school by actively reaching out to them, with the assumption that increased parental involvement will increase student performance, attendance, retention, and graduation rates. The concept of cultural humility will serve as the central theoretical framework which guides the establishment and operation of all aspects of this project. The actual submission and/or funding of this grant were not required for successful completion of this project.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn K.
Commitee: Jennings, Lisa, Meyer-Adams, Nancy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Educational psychology, Individual & family studies
Publication Number: 1523192
ISBN: 978-1-303-20481-4
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