Masters Theses/Capstone Projects

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Special Education (MAE)

First Committee Member

Dr. Beverly Good


Dr. Dee Knoblauch

Second Committee Member

Dr. Roberta Linder


Best Practice, Parental Engagement, English Language Learners, Hispanic, Parental Participation

Subject Categories

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Higher Education


The purpose of this research was to find the factors that affect Hispanic parents’ decision to engage in their children’s education, while they attend public schools in the United States. At the same time, I wanted to find model practices and programs that encourage parental engagement and compile this information to create a manual that can be used for professional development and as a reference for parents. I found that most of the researchers used Hoover-Dempsey and Sandler’s theoretical model of parent engagement as a framework. I used the Hoover-Dempsey and Sandler’s theoretical model to organize the factors that affect Hispanic parents’ decision for participation, and compiled the information in challenges and opportunities to create the educators’ manual. The manual gives helpful and practical examples that can be applied by educators who want to start or increase Hispanic parent engagement in their school.



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