Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2005

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Steven W. Nourse

Second Committee Member

Jack L. McPherson

Third Committee Member

Rebecca Bowers


Decades of research have indicated the importance of family participation as a contributing factor toward the academic success of children. Most significantly, a child's family can play a role in his or her scholastic achievement by helping with homework assignments. The teacher's task in this endeavor is to explain assignments clearly and thoroughly both to students and to their families. This task is twofold. First, the teacher must construct assignments that are purposeful, clear and appropriate to meet individual student needs; second, the teacher must offer assignments in a variety of presentation modes to accommodate needs of diverse populations that exist within our learning communities. The purpose of this project was to create a staff development workshop for teachers. The workshop was designed specifically to meet those challenges associated with creating a successful homework partnership program within an elementary school.