Date Capstone Completed


Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Educational Leadership


Leadership Education - Graduate Studies


Steven Baule


Winona, Minnesota


The educational system holds an important role and responsibility in the attempt to educate all the youth in the country. A critical dynamic in the success of educating America is connected to the teacher’s ability to use online communication to build strong teacher-parent relationships. The purpose of this research study was to explore the levels of training that teachers have experienced in teacher education programs and professional development opportunities and the impacts it had on online communication to parents for their students. The study utilized surveys to poll teachers on the training they experienced during their career and the frequency in use in the tools they were trained to use. The sample for this study were 125 teachers in an urban/suburban district in a northern metropolitan area. The study found teachers were generally provided little or no training on the use of email as a parental or family communication tool.



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