Supporting Native American Families in Schools

Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2023

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson


Native American Families in Schools


Family involvement is huge for a child’s education, but there are some barriers that are faced, especially for Native American families. This research paper explains the barriers and solutions to them to help promote better family involvement. Also, improving involvement for children with disabilities. The reason most families have a hard time with school involvement is due to the trauma that Native American families faced in boarding schools. These issues were passed down to generations and are still an issue for schools today. To break those barriers, Native American families shared ways to create solutions. The solutions to these barriers are to communicate, have educators more aware of the culture, be flexible with meetings, and family services/resources, and change educators’ stigma about Native Americans. All of these solutions would create comfortable spaces for families to want to be a part of their child’s education.