Date of Award

Summer 8-6-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Rosa Mazurett-Boyle, Ed.D.



The purpose of this capstone is to examine challenges for English language learners and face those challenges in attempt to mitigate through parent-school partnerships. Through a social-cultural lens, this capstone seeks to answer the question, how can schools increase the academic success of English Language Learners (ELLs) by strengthening home-school relations? The research suggests that when immediate needs are met and when academic support is provided at home and at school, students are more likely to experience academic success. Therefore the goal of the PD is to establish a committee that meets regularly with parents and students to strengthen relationships between families of ELLs and the school. The aim is to inform parents of academic opportunities including advanced coursework, and assist with basic needs of families to allow academic focus to occur. The expected outcome of the PD is that over time, the committee will see an increase in academic achievement among actively participating ELLs and families. The implication for ELLs is that with increased support comes increased academic achievement.