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Crystal Williams Capstone Presentation

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Transcript of Crystal Williams Capstone Presentation

The Impact of
Parental Involvement
and a
Home Component
on Reading Achievement
of Kindergarten Students
By: Crystal Williams
Gardner-Webb University

RSVP and attendance data
Pre- and post-test data
Interview data
Post-survey data
What is Action Research?
Action research is a process conducted within a school/classroom to solve a problem based on data.
Standard I: Teachers demonstrate leadership.
Problem Description
Limited parental involvement at school events.
Problem Documentation
In 2011, 13% of the school's parents attended.
In 2012, 38% attended.
Math Family Fun Night
Reading Family Fun Night
In 2013, 14% of our parents attended.
Parental Involvement is a BIG concern at our school!
A rural elementary school with approximately 500 students.
This study included 33 kindergarten students and their families which equated to 37% of our Kindergarten student population.
Demographic Information about participants: 17 males (52%)
and 16 females (48%)
18 Caucasians = 56%
8 African Americans = 25%
6 Hispanics = 18%
1 Asian = 1%
Solution Strategies
A pre-survey was sent to all families who gave consent so they could indicate best days and times to attend a curriculum workshop.
A literature review was conducted. Research indicated that parents should be given options to attend school events.
Another Strategy...
Research indicated that parents had a negative experience in their own school setting.
Personalized invitations were sent, phone calls were made and reminders were sent to create a positive environment for attending the workshop.
Yet Another Strategy...
Research indicated that parents were unsure of how to help their child at home.
Workshops were planned using research-based activities that centered around the student needs from a pre-assessment given in class.
Next Strategy!
Home Component
Research indicated that families may not have the appropriate resources at home to help their child.
Home component packets were assembled and contained all of the resources needed to complete the research-based activities at home
with their child.
Final Strategies!
Interview at end of curriculum workshop and post survey at the end of the study so parents could indicate what they liked and what changes they recommended for additional curriculum workshops.
Standard IId: Teachers work collaboratively with the families and significant adults in the lives of the students.
Standard Ia: Use data to organize data and set goals.
Standard Ic: Promote professional growth.
Standard Vc: Actively investigate and consider new ideas that improve teaching and learning.
Standard III: Teachers know the content they teach.
Standard IId: Teachers improve communication and collaboration between the school and the home and community.
Standard IId: Teachers seek solutions to overcome obstacles that prevent family and community involvement.
Pre-survey results
Recommendations Based on Results
Recommendations for Future Research
Initial Parent Survey Results: Data from 65 families

Best Days
Day of the Week 1st Choice 2nd Choice Total
Monday 17 3 20
Tuesday 16 16 32
Wednesday 9 17 26
Thursday 7 13 20
Friday 11 10 21
Any day of the week 2 2 4

Best Times
Time 1st Choice 2nd Choice Total
9:00-10:00 am 26 12 38
1:00-2:00 pm 9 13 22
3:00-4:00 pm 4 13 17
6:30-7:30 pm 17 14 31
Therefore, three workshops were scheduled: Tuesday at 1:00 pm, Tuesday at 6:30 pm, & Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

Therefore, the students who completed the home component demonstrated more growth. The average growth within that group was 18 initial sounds per minute.
At the end of each curriculum workshop, the families answered three interview questions to help the researcher improve future sessions.
Final Parent Survey: Completed and returned by 26 families
Statement Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree
I received an invitation (RSVP) 2 0 5 19
to the Reading Curriculum Workshop
in a timely manner.

I received a reminder of this event by 2 0 6 18

I received notification about this event by 1 4 7 10
the school 's phone system.

I have a better understanding of the 2 0 7 17
reading curriculum.

I learned ways to help my child be more 2 0 6 18
successful in reading.

I believe my child is more successful in reading 3 2 12 9
due to attending the curriculum

I have used the activities at home with my child 3 0 4 19
that were modeled and practiced at the
curriculum workshop.
Continue to survey parents to determine the best days and times for curriculum workshops

Offer curriculum workshops at various times so more families can be involved and offer these sessions throughout the school year

Implement home components that contain research based activities and include a log

Incorporate RSVP(s), reminder letters, use the school's phone messenger system, make personalized calls, and use interviews and surveys to improve each session

*Use the data from the interview questions and post-survey to plan additional curriculum workshops
*Personally call the families to remind them of the sessions
*Determine why some families who indicated they
would attend, did not
* Conduct the research within one
* Offer more than one session
Preparing the home components
Training the Parents
Check out what the students were doing during the parent portion of the workshop at 6:30 pm!
The principal and assistant principal did reading activities with the children.
Phoneme Dominoes
Sound Train
Phoneme Go-Fish
Research based reading strategies were modeled & practiced from the Florida Center of Reading Research
Spanish translation was provided at two of the workshops
The home component log was explained
Parents completed interview ?'s
94% Participation
50% Participation
56% Participation
33 of the 48 families kept their commitment to attend the
Reading Curriculum Workshops= 69% Participation
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