Fall 2017


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Patty Born Selly

Content Expert

Gregory Getchell


The research question addressed in this project was, how can Hispanic immigrant parents be effectively equipped to support their Pre K-3 children’s education in order to reduce the existing achievement gap? The idea of this Capstone was born with the fact that there is an educational achievement gap. The research shows that this gap is influenced by SES and different views of the concept of involvement. As a result, the Capstone develops a comprehensive view of involvement and how the implementation of some strategies by low SES immigrant families from birth to early elementary years can help their children be more successful in school and reduce the achievement gap. In addition to the literature, the Capstone includes a project, which includes an eight week training session for parents. In these sessions, families are made aware of the achievement gap and are equipped with strategies that can be used in a daily basis in order to prepare preschool age children for later school readiness as well as implementing activities for K-3 children that complement what is learned at school. In this way, based on research, the project intends to reduce the achievement gap by making parents aware of the significance of their involvement in their children’s education and giving them tools so they would be able to implement that involvement in their homes.

Project Type

Parent Training


Achievement, ESL/ ELLs, Multicultural Education, Parent Involvement

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