Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Bryan McCoy


This qualitative case study aimed to understand and document changes that coincided with a planned district-wide initiative, especially from the perspectives of the school system leadership team and families of English language learners (ELL). The following research questions were addressed in this study: How did school leaders experience the initiative to increase equitable family and inclusive family engagement practices for English Language Learners? How did the parents of ELL students experience change through the initiative? The findings of this study revealed that to work effectively with parents of ELL students, school systems must understand the experiences and needs of these families. Working with families of diverse backgrounds must be important to school system leaders to affect important change initiatives on their behalf. Increasing equitable and inclusive family engagement practices for ELLs requires that school systems understand the group’s social, cultural, and linguistic needs and values, which requires training and open mindsets.