Graduate Project Title

Strengthening Student Achievement Through Family Learning Events

Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

2013

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

Committee Chair

Lee Plourde

Second Committee Member

S. Schmitz

Abstract

Families and educators both have a great influence on a student's academic success. When the relationship between home and school is strained, students miss out on some of that success (Harris & Goodall, 2008). Parental influence is an important factor in a child's education, but parental engagement in their learning is even more important (Ho Sui-Chu & Williams, 1996). However, some parents may feel unwelcome or unneeded at school (Williams, Williams, & Ullman, 2002), so it's the educator's responsibility to understand and encourage parents to become more engaged in student learning. Hosting family learning events at school can build a bridge between home and school by blending learning, relationship-building, and fun. This project is designed to give kindergarten through fifth grade (K-5) educators a handbook that they can use to host successful family learning events in their school.

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