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Year of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (MATL)

Directing Professor

Dr. Joni Poff


In January of 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak an international public health emergency. By mid-March, schools across the nation had closed their doors leading to major disruptions to in-person learning. Virtual learning became the standard and parents were faced with being the main academic support for their child. This would greatly impact and change the relationship between schools and families. While most schools returned to daily in-person learning by early 2021, schools were still restricted from hosting in-house events. These restrictions limited the face-to-face interaction among teachers and parents. By fall of 2022, most schools were once again hosting parent involvement events. This paper looks at the importance of the parent, teacher, school, and community relationship and the opportunity to strengthen those connections to better support students. There has never been a more important time for meaningful collaboration between parents and educators than there is in today’s climate. The pandemic and many societal factors have changed much about public education. This project aims to design a parent engagement program that strengthens the relationship between parents and the school to bridge the gap of interrupted education. A strong partnership will create a positive and productive relationship that will reinforce and enhance student learning.