This paper describes a study focused on promoting culturally responsive collaboration practices at an urban preK-8 Catholic school. Using participatory action research (PAR) as its framework, a team of school stakeholders and university faculty and students from the psychology department partnered to create a participant-driven data collection and analysis procedure that culminated in the implementation of a new communication protocol judged by educators and parents to have led to significant improvements in family-school communications. Lessons learned from this experience, particularly as they relate to the use of PAR principles in an urban Catholic school, will be shared.
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Shriberg, D., Schumacher, R., McMahon, K. C., Flores, S., Moy, G. E., Swidzinski, J., & Tompkins, N. A. (2012). Utilizing Participatory Action Research to Foster Effective Family/School Collaboration at an Urban PreK-8 Catholic School. Journal of Catholic Education, 15 (2). http://dx.doi.org/10.15365/joce.1502042013