Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Doctoral Paper

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Keywords

Family Engagment, Leadership Behavior, Principal Leadership, Latinx, Parent Engagement

Department

Educational Administration and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Kristina Hesbol, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Ellen Miller-Brown, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Sarah Bridich, Ph.D.

Abstract

The following is a technical report based on the qualitative case study of a school principal in a representative urban high school in the Rocky Mountain West. The purpose of this study was to better understand the extent to which an urban high school principal in a high poverty school can implement behaviors that increase family engagement within a Latinx school community. The research question in this study was: What leadership behaviors are impactful in developing and increasing Latinx family engagement in an urban high school?

The principal was observed for a year and interviewed extensively regarding his beliefs, practices, and behaviors in implementing a family engagement program called Parent University. Stakeholders were also interviewed and focus groups were conducted with parents that participated regularly in the program. Observations were made and field notes were collected for a year during pilot and initial full-year rollout of the Parent University program. This study provides field-based examples of principal behavior that informs practice through the case study of one urban principal.

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