Date of Award


Degree Type

Education Specialist

Degree Name

Education Specialist


Education, Leadership and Public Service


Educational Administration: Administration and Supervision (MAE)

First Advisor/Chairperson

Bethney Bergh, PhD


This qualitative, phenomenological research study was designed to gain an understanding of the experiences of parents of elementary school children receiving Title 1 services with a specific focus on parent-school communication and involvement. This study includes information gleaned from six interviews with parents of elementary students receiving Title 1 services from three separate elementary schools within the Northern Lakes School district (pseudonym), located in the Upper Midwest. Participant responses revealed the following themes:

  1. Parental expectation of responsive two-way communication

  2. Preference for frequent communication regarding student learning and progress

  3. Communication to inform home-based school involvement

  4. Parent interviews allow for reflection and making sense of experience

The study’s findings could allow educators to improve parent communication and involvement plans that will be more accommodating to the needs of parents.

Access Type

Open Access