Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Literacy Studies: Reading (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Elizabeth Stolle

Academic Year



Research has proven that when families and educators work together the student benefits immensely and they are more prepared to reach greater academic success. Students today need more support than ever in many academic areas, especially literacy, that is why the creation of parent-teacher partnerships is crucial. When families and educators form strong parent-teacher partnerships they are able to communicate more openly and are able to effectively address the reading difficulties that students may encounter through a variety of different strategies. It’s important for educators to keep an open mind during the creation of these partnerships. It’s essential for teachers to be flexible, making sure to provide families with as many communication options as possible. Providing families with strategically focused home interventions to enhance student reading skills and add to home literacy environments is also a necessity. Working alongside families and extending an “open door” policy to the classroom is paramount and helps all families feel welcome and heard. Parent-teacher partnerships are undoubtedly the way that educators and families can ensure that students reach their reading goals and become lifelong literacy lovers.