Term of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Teri D. Melton

Committee Member 1

Antonio Gutierrez de Blume

Committee Member 2

Paul Brinson


The purpose of this study was to determine in what manner do Title I schools in the state of Georgia comply with Georgia’s mandates outlined in the Systemic Family Engagement Program. Descriptive statistics were analyzed. A 3x3 factorial ANOVA test and an independent samples t-test were conducted to answer the two sub-questions related to this study. The overarching research question was answered by calculating yes responses for each compliance measure. While there were no statistical significant findings, key information was noted from short answer questions within the questionnaire.

The researcher identified three implications and three recommendations for future research. Educational leaders and policy makers need to address the lack of consistency in measuring family engagement, the lack of understanding in the difference between parent involvement and family engagement, and that principals have to lead the effort in increasing and promoting family engagement. It was recommended that future researchers use a larger sample, a more specific survey, and use another population (for example, families) to study to add more research in the area of family engagement.

Policymakers have attempted to improve ways to engage parents as well as other caregivers in the learning process. SEAs and LEAs are trying to identify the most effective strategies that will boost engagement for families in the community. If families are not coming to the school, schools have to come up with creative ways to bring schools to families. Districts must gain a shared understanding of the shift from parent involvement to family engagement before moving forward with engaging families and the community.

Research Data and Supplementary Material