Publication Date

Fall 2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)




Noni Mendoza Reis

Subject Areas

Educational leadership


The purpose of this study was to: (1) provide the opportunity to Spanish-speaking parents of English Learner (EL) students to voice their perceptions regarding policies, procedures, and programs related to ELs, and (2) provide the opportunity to teachers to share their perceptions regarding the policies, procedures, and programs related to ELs. The research design for this qualitative study was exploratory and descriptive. The key findings were: (1) Hispanic Spanish-speaking parents had limited knowledge about policies, procedures, and programs related to ELs; and (2) Teacher knowledge about the policies, procedures and programs related to ELs was limited. The conclusions were: (1) Educating ELs is a shared responsibility among all stakeholders including parents, teachers, school leadership, and districts; and (2) Continued educational harm may occur when teachers lack the necessary professional capital to effectively educate ELs and receive insufficient support from schools and districts.