Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies


The focus of this Capstone Project is on building literacy development during distance learning. This is an important issue for some students and their families because learning from home has been challenging. For some families, there is a language barrier that makes it difficult to support their student’s learning. An argument is made that students who are English Language Learners are not engaging in sufficient practice of literacy skills during these tough times. Considerations of the issue should include the perspectives of elementary school educators and parents whose children attend a school in a low socioeconomic status community. Three action options emerged from an analysis of the data and were explored as ways to address the issue presented. Participating in support training for parents, as well as utilizing the technology and resources available, is argued to be the most effective way to achieve the goal of continuing to support student’s literacy development during distance learning.