Exploring the Role of Elementary Parent Involvement Coordinators in A North Georgia Title I Charter School District
School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
parent involvement, parent involvement coordinator, parent liaison, social capital, social interest, social justice
Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Psychology | Other Education | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Elrod, Phillip, "Exploring the Role of Elementary Parent Involvement Coordinators in A North Georgia Title I Charter School District" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1129.
This study explored the role of elementary parent involvement coordinators (EPIC) in a Northeast Georgia Title I Charter School District. EPICs were charged with facilitating programs designed to build social capital and network closure for families. This nested case study explored the experiences of five EPICs, each located in one of the five charter elementary schools, within the district of study. Data was collected through focus groups, interviews and related documents to identify emerging themes and shared experiences among the participants. Data sources were analyzed to develop an understanding of each EPIC program as well as an overall perspective on the cooperating school district. Insight gained through the study revealed common themes of practice including connecting schools and families, the need for comprehensive training and the importance of culture in forming a collaborative school environment. Results identified avenues of practice supporting lasting relationships through building social capital, resource network connections and the importance of understanding social justice while engaging families.
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