Capstone/Dissertation Title

How Developing and Implementing a Parental Involvement Program Can Decrease Behavior Issues and Increase Student Academic Achievement

Term

Summer 8-7-2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Susan Manikowski

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Carol Mayer

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Anna Young

Abstract

Research has clearly shown a direct link between parent involvement and a student’s academic success (Epstein, 1995). Engaging parents in their children’s education is a challenge that confronts many schools districts across the United States. This a significant problem for schools that lack opportunities for parent involvement and do not implement policies that encourage a strong partnership between home and school. The purpose of this study is to develop a means to empower all parents to become actively involved in their children’s education thus decreasing behavior issues and increasing academic achievement. Through the development and implementation of a parental involvement program entitled “Empowering Parents” parents were given the opportunity to become advocates for the success of their children’s educational future through parent involvement. The results of the program proved successful and consistent with the literature findings in that students whose parents became active in their school life were better behaved and showed an increase in academic achievement.

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