Connecting the dots : how is community involvement essential to academic achievement?

Katherine M. Meyer, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Substantial research has proven the importance of parent involvement to children’s academic achievement. When I began working with various local schools, however, I noticed a severe lack of community participation at each of the sites. Thus, I was prompted to assess the reasons why families were not as concerned about this issue as they ought to be, and so began the foundations for my Capstone. Through personal experience, extended research, and insight from various local teachers, I have facilitated the process of involving the local parents in their children’s education. As this is a long-term goal, my attempts will not waver with the close of this semester; I seek to inspire the parents of a nearby elementary to form a parent-teacher organization and maintain contact within the community in order to benefit each and every student at the school.