An Appreciative Inquiry of What Motivates Elementary School Spanish-Speaking Ell Parental Involvement, by Debra Austin

Jul 1st, 2013 | Category: Dissertation Abstracts @ Concordia
By Debra Austin, Ed.D. Educational Leadership


As our schools prepare for changes and improvements in education, school leaders need to seek ways of effectively involving parents in meaningful partnerships. The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) mandates that a school shall provide the necessary support in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance (U.S. Department of Education, 2001). In this qualitative appreciative inquiry study, the author explores successful parent participation practices of Spanish-speaking English Language Learner (ELL) parents. This study explores the positive experiences of involved parents, identifies successful strategies, and highlights the voices of the Spanish-speaking ELL parents, resulting in possible action steps to building environments conducive to fostering positive Spanish-speaking ELL parent and school relationships.

Keywords: parental involvement, Spanish-speaking parents, schools, appreciative inquiry, parent-school relationships

Author Information

Debra Austin, Ed.D, Educational Leadership, 15044 Clover Lane, Libertyville, IL  60048,

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