Research Opportunity: Parent Engagement Research Project

Con­tact Name: Jessica Salvador

Con­tact Email: dearjess[at]

Depart­ment: College of Education


We are seeking two undergraduate students with an interest in learning more about efforts to strengthen parent engagement practices by schools and community-based organizations. As a research assistant on this project, you will primarily assist with data collection, coding, and analysis of literature on parent engagement and participate in research team meetings. Students will be working closely with graduate students and faculty in the College of Education. Training will be provided and credits for undergraduate research available.

The goal of this project is to develop common indicators of parent engagement and is tied to a larger effort to gain systematic understanding of what promotes and inhibits equitable parent/family engagement at a systems level within the context of the Road Map collective impact initiative. This project is a collaboration between the University of Washington, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Community Center for Education Results (CCER) that seeks promote equitable educational outcomes for historically under-served students, families and communities in South Seattle/South King County.

Principal Investigators: Drs. Ann Ishimaru & Joe Lott

If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to Jessica Salvador at

Resources for Application: If you’d like help with your cover letter and/or resume, please visit Undergraduate Research Program advisors ( in 171 Mary Gates Hall.


Students must:
• Have strong reading skills, organizational skills, attention to detail, communication, be reliable, and most importantly, be willing to learn.
• Be available for team meetings Mondays 2-5pm during Winter 2014 quarter.
• Be available 8-12 hrs/wk for winter and spring quarters 2014.

If you would like to continue on some aspect of the research the following school year, that may also be a possibility!

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