Parent Engagement and Support During COVID-19 Study

Parent engagement in schooling has been found to play an important role in student success, and the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated increased collaboration between teachers and parents to support remote and hybrid forms of learning in the home. This study, conducted by researchers at the University of Notre Dame in partnership with the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), considers the following research questions: 

  • How have parents supported children’s remote learning during the COVID pandemic (e.g., time use, behaviors, tools, communication)?
  • What are parent perceptions of school expectations during this time and in what ways did parents meet or struggle to meet expectations?  
  • What do parents think could improve their engagement in home-based learning?
  • When given the choice of fully remote, hybrid, or in-person learning for the 2020-2021 academic year, what are the key considerations parents weighed in making their decisions?

Findings will be shared with educators in a professional development webinar, making visible the ways parents support children’s learning in the home. A webinar will also be created specifically for parents. With the possibility of future disruptions in schooling, understanding parent perspectives can inform innovation and increase the chances educator and parent perspectives align in support of student success. 

If you are a parent/caregiver of at least one child in a PreK-12 Catholic school, and you would like to participate in the study, please follow the link to our survey below. No identifying information will be collected.

Access the Survey