Thesis Title

Successful Involvement of Language Minority Familties in Secondary Classrooms

Graduation Date

Fall 2006

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

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Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name

Education

Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD

Abstract

Parent involvement is a key to student achievement and success in schools. However, not all parent involvement programs include all parents and inevitably, some parents and families may not play a large role in their students’ education, or do not know how to effectively become involved. The purpose of this paper is to explore some of the factors that prevent a language minority (LM) family member from being involved, and how schools and school personnel can help LM parents and families become more involved. Secondary teachers can implement simple ways to encourage involvement. Included in the second part of this work is a handout I developed for teachers that provides tips and strategies on how to more effectively engage LM parents in one’s classroom. This handout is based on the literature review and I implemented the strategies in my own classroom to observe how effectively they engage LM parents within the classroom.

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