Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed. D.


Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development

Degree Program

Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, EDD

Committee Chair

Ingle, W. Kyle

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Johnson, Detra

Committee Member

Alagaraja, Meera

Committee Member

Brooks, April

Author's Keywords

middle school; parent involvement; community cultural wealth; immigrant parent involvement; outreach efforts


Throughout the years, a concern plaguing the education world is parent involvement. Ongoing research indicates students whose parents and family members are involved tend to experience greater academic achievement and decreased behavior issues (McNeal, 2015). With regard to parent involvement, immigrant parent involvement takes this concern to a new level with regard to the growing racial and ethnic diversity in education (Outley & Skuza, 2019). Guided by Epstein’s six types of involvement and Yosso’s community cultural wealth, this study explores one urban middle school’s outreach efforts to involve immigrant parents. In this qualitative case study, one middle schools’ stakeholders-the principal, the Youth Services Center Coordinator, three teachers, and selected immigrant parents-participated by sharing personal perceptions of their schools’ outreach efforts to involve immigrant parents. Semi-structured interviews were utilized to collect data from the participants. Findings suggest interactions between the home and school, student sense of belonging, school personnel motivation, and parent efficacy are important factors to increasing immigrant parent involvement.