Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

First Advisor

Melissa Nemon

Abstract

We assume that educators are being professionally trained to handle distinct situations, especially pretraining to families. Most specifically, training on family engagement and ways to engage hard-to-reach families. Family engagement is defined as teachers and parents sharing the responsibility to nurture and help the students learn and meet their unique educational goals. Family engagement encompasses so many different factors and through this research and project, we will be exploring the barriers that families experience when it comes to engaging effectively in educational settings. Educators, administrators, social workers, community leaders, school psychologists, and other education-system-affiliated persons were invited to participate in an interactive workshop that covered the different types of barriers that families experience and well as ways they can work through these barriers to better engage families. Finally, the workshop covered The Dual Capacity-Building Framework which emphasizes creating trusting partnerships between educators and families. This research and project uncovers the lack of attention and training on family engagement in educational settings as well as the lack of training on barriers that hard-to-reach families experience.

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