Date of Graduation

Fall 12-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education (IME)


School of Education


International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Colette Cann


This qualitative study focuses on how to improve parent engagement in Title I schools from parents’ point of view. The purpose of this project is to understand parent involvement in a Northern California school and how to improve it. This paper offers insights from parents’ perspectives how parents view the education process. The focus is on their experiences and how to support all parents. The lenses of the study is viewed through a critical pedagogy and social cognitive theory. All five of the parents being interviewed had suggestions on how to improve parent engagement in Title I Schools. The three research questions for this study were: (1) How do parents perceive their engagement with the school community? (2) What factors contribute to increased parent engagement at this school? (3) What factors contribute to decreased parent engagement at this school? In conclusion, due to the high cost of living in the Bay Area, many parents have to work longer hours and make much less compared to other years. Schools need to provide support for parents working long hours. One recommendation is for schools to provide workshops to support parents and to offer school activities on different days and times so that more parents can be active in school participation.