Graduation Date


Document Type

Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Humanities and Cultural Studies

Department or Program Chair

Chase Clow, PhD Candidate

First Reader

Julia van der Ryn, MA


How can parents of English Language Learners (ELL) support their children to be successful in school? The importance of involved parents at home is even more imperative today, as schools continue to try to balance the need of English speaking students with the need of ELL’s. This project was designed to gain a better understanding of how parental involvement impacts the academic achievement level of English Language Learners. Research began by looking at the parent involvement programs currently available in Sonoma County, and how schools work to integrate these programs. By examining parent involvement, stressors that influence parent involvement, and the roles that parents of English Language Learners (ELL) take in their children’s education, the programs and schools can gain a better understanding of the successes and opportunities of these programs.