Date of Award

Fall 2021

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Tamara J. Williams

Abstract

School districts across the nation seek parental involvement to increase student engagement and academic success. Families from Title I Schools, in comparison to dominant culture, may have a minimal opportunity of involvement with their child’s education in respect to partnering with schools in comparison to the dominant culture.

The Department of Equity and Diversity and the Title I Department of the Research School District collaboratively created a four-part webinar series titled Community to Classroom Connections (#C3 Webinar Series) open to staff and community-at-large. The topics addressed through #C3 include Access and Opportunity, Pursuing Diversity, Building Efficacy, and Social Responsibility. Each session is designed to demonstrate an ethic of care focused on inclusion and equity.

This work is a mixed data program evaluation of #C3. The results of this evaluation will help inform District Leadership in future planning of similar events. The evaluation is aligned with Kirkpatrick’s Four-Level Training Evaluation Model (Kirkpatrick & Kirkpatrick, 2006).

Results indicate an increase in learning in the three topics evaluated. Post-event surveys also indicate a planned action. This shows a behavioral change. Following the Kirkpatrick Model, the #C3 Webinar Series was successful.

The #C3 Webinar Series development process and post-event surveys provide insight into service to Title I Families, within a large, urban school district, with a lens of equity. The process requires systems thinking and strategic planning, behavior change, determining quality content, and logistics and planning through servant leadership. Post-event survey results share themes of value in connection to those who are served, the importance of inclusive language and learning from others, and the development of self-efficacy.

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