Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


School of Education


This qualitative study explored recently arrived Salvadoran parents in Washington, D.C. The primary purpose of this dissertation was to learn the perspectives that recently arrived Salvadoran parents have about their children's education to build and sustain collaborative relationships in schools. This study holds implications for schools, school administrators, teachers, teacher preparation programs, policy makers, and educational researchers serving recently arrived Salvadoran immigrants. Specifically, this dissertation calls for educators and stakeholders to directly learn from recently arrived Salvadoran parents to identify and address the unique needs of their children in U.S. schools.

This dissertation examined the following question: What perspectives do recently arrived Salvadoran parents have about their children's education? In addition, it addressed the following sub-questions: How do recently arrived Salvadoran parents define their role in their children's education? What educational practices do recently arrived Salvadoran parents describe doing at home to support their children's learning, development, and achievement?

The design methods, grounded in intersectionality theory, Latino/a families' epistemology, and testimonios methodology included: (1) semi-structured interviews of recently arrived Salvadoran parents; (2) field notes; and (3) data analysis using reflexion.