Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2023

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul


family engagement, student achievement, barriers, benefits, guide


Family engagement in schools has been looked at and researched for many years. It has been shown that increased family engagement in schools leads to higher student achievement (Epstein and Voorhis, 2010). Family engagement literature explains engagement can be increased, the benefits, common barriers, and implications for schools (Dikkers, 2013). It continues to be researched to look at multiple ways engagement can be effective for students, families, and communities. Increased family engagement in education positively affects student performance and overall experience (Epstein, 1987). As such, it is important for schools to have a program in place to encourage and enable family involvement. A planning guide can be used to provide a step-by-step guide on creating educational and fun events for families. These events can be tailored to the needs of the school and community, as well as the interests of the families. This planning guide can provide the foundation for successful family engagement initiatives. Through these initiatives, schools can create a greater connection between the students, their families, and the school. This connection can help foster a better overall educational experience for everyone involved.



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