Date

Winter 2023

ESRP 9000 Professor

Gina L. Peyton

ESRP 9001 Professor

Gina L. Peyton

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was designed to demonstrate that parental involvement is important in solving problems experienced by students. The target school was established on October 17, 1971, to meet the educational needs of children in the southeastern United States. After examining internal and external factors affecting the school using a strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats analysis, it was revealed that bullying was the critical issue facing the school. To solve the problem, parental involvement was selected out of four recommended solutions after vigorous literature review to evaluate the feasibility of each alternative. Increased parental communication and creating a safe environment for parents were the two strategies selected to implement this solution. Through the application of the Quantitative Strategic Planning Matrix tool, creating a safe environment for parents was selected as the most feasible strategy after scoring the highest total attractiveness scores of 6.51. Consequently, an action plan was created, outlining six steps to implement this strategy. The action plan steps include (a) training front office staff and teachers, (b) diversifying the reception area, (c) selecting a communication platform, (d) inviting parents to a meeting, (e) inviting parents to propose bullying interventions, and (f) involving parents in the implementation of the interventions.

The literature reviewed in this paper supports creating a safe environment for parents to create a welcoming environment to ensure that parents are involved in interventions to reduce bullying. However, the language barrier between school staff and parents, and rejection of change by school staff could prevent effective implementation of the action plan. Therefore, through this strategic research project, it is recommended that the school conduct constant evaluation of the impact of parental involvement program so that the school can implement corrective action in case of deviations, interventions, and involving parents in the implementation of the interventions. Apart from frequent evaluation, it is recommended that constant and clear communication occurs between the school and parents. The parental involvement program to prevent bullying will involve collaboration between parents and the school. Constant communication between the parents and the school will sustain the collaborative relationship.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Abraham S. Fischler College of Education

Language

English

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