How two elementary schools in a medium-sized school district support family engagement

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Robin T. Harris (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Craig Peck

Abstract: This comparative case study investigated how two Title I elementary schools within the same school district implement, promote, and maintain familial/community engagement programs. The district adopted and implemented a family engagement model based on Dr. Karen Mapp’s Academic Parent-Teacher Team approach within the Dual Capacity-Building Framework in 2017. Also reviewed was how each school utilized the federal funds disbursed specifically for parent-family engagement. The study examines and cross-references two schools to assess the implementation and support of Family and Community Engagement to improve student achievement and build capacity for involvement as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act. The current practices in each school that the superintendent mandated were observed for fidelity and primarily compared to the scholarly recommendations of thought while acknowledging the individual contributions of the district and school initiatives. Administrators (principals and assistant principals) at both schools were interviewed along with the assistant superintendent over federal programs and family engagement specialist based on their knowledge of expectations and intimacy with schools and/or families. A diverse representation of parents from each school was interviewed as well. School improvement plans from each school, along with the Title I Family Engagement expenditures, to determine how funds were spent throughout the academic year and over the summer. A dual-site case study was employed to analyze the impact of parental engagement on student achievement.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Family And Community Engagement, Parent Family Engagement, Title I
Education, Elementary $x Parent participation $z North Carolina
School improvement programs $z North Carolina
Community and school $z North Carolina

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