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Creating collaborative home-school partnerships through literacy
The purpose of this project was to identify barriers that limit parents from becoming involved in school settings thus impacting student achievement. Common beliefs shared and important perceptions made by parents and teachers that influence home-school relationships are also discussed as a way to enhance such partnership. Focusing on the six components of parent involvement explained in Epstein’s framework, workshops were developed with the goal of providing parents with the tools needed to increase their self-efficacy and recognize the crucial role they hold at home and within school settings while emphasizing the importance of developing strong literacy skills. A teacher-targeted workshop was also included to encourage diverse methods used to communicate with parents in an effort to bridge any gaps and strengthen the relationship. Further ideas and suggestions to reinforce a collaborative partnership are added with student academic achievement being the objective.