Winter 4-21-2024

ESRP 9000 Professor

Linda Gaughan

ESRP 9001 Professor

Linda Gaughan

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was designed to explore parental participation and the advantages students receive in terms of intellectual, social, and emotional development in one of the largest public school districts in the country. An extensive action plan must go beyond customary parental engagement and specifically target needs related to appropriate grade levels. Internal and external elements were examined to target areas to improve the schools’ overall function. The results of the analysis were used to determine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Working collaboratively with parents to prevent barriers and improve graduation rates fosters a healthy school climate and promotes academic achievement and attendance. It was determined that the school district needed to execute equitable practices faithfully.

Numerous important elements determine desired levels of parental involvement in children's schooling. Parental participation has been shown to be significantly influenced by socioeconomic status, with higher socioeconomic position being associated with more involvement. Parental participation is also influenced by the social competency of the teachers and the school environment, with the latter having a major impact on the former. Parental engagement is influenced by parents' educational background, type of profession, economic status, availability of time, and number of family members.

The action plan to achieve the desired parental involvement includes five components. They are to establish a warm, welcoming, kind, and encouraging school environment; to establish a positive and supportive school culture and climate; to establish positive and goal-oriented parent-teacher relationships; to encourage community involvement; and finally, to ensure opportunities for parent participation in school decision-making.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education


Human Services Administration



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