Date of Award
Major Research Paper
Master of Arts (MA)
Immigration and Settlement Studies
The present paper examines the Parenting Circles Program as a successful intervention for parental involvement and the Early Authors Program's transformative framework for the creation of personal books. The question to be answered throughout this paper is, how did the participation of Spanish-Speaking parents in the workshop highlight elements that facilitated their meaningful engagement in their children's education? The design of the project included newcomer Spanish-speaking primary caregivers with a child or grandchild younger than thirteen years of age, who were required to attend at least five of six weekly workshops dealing with topics related to education. The main conditions were that the parents felt free to express themselves and exchange ideas, their children were part of the process, they gained access to valuable information and they took on the role of co-leaders. Implementing lessons learned from this study will result in future successful parent interventions.
Garcia, Catalina Beatriz, "Parenting Circles Program: The Key Elements for the Meaningful Engagement of Spanish-Speaking Parents to Support their Children’s School Success" (2008). Theses and dissertations. Paper 110.