Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Fall 2006

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Craig Hughes

Second Committee Member

M. Cathrene Connery

Third Committee Member

Yukari Amos


A handbook of strategic parental involvement practices has been developed to aid dual language teachers and administrators in developing a plan to incorporate parents into the school setting. The handbook is based on Lindholm-Leary's Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education (2005), and consists of three main strategies in the areas of establishing and maintaining positive relations with families and the community, parent education and support services for parents, and involving parents and the community as strategic partners. Among the three main strategies there are subsequent strategic practices in the areas of communication, parent education and relationships with the community. Each strategic practice is accompanied with research that supports the strategic practices as well as a plan for action or ideas on implementing the strategic practice in a school setting. Current literature and research regarding the topics of parental involvement and dual language education were explored prior to the creation of the handbook.