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How can educators utilize two-way text messaging to involve parents in a way that respects and supports diverse families and is developmentally appropriate during early adolescence?
While many educators are aware that parental involvement is an important indicator of student success, schools often struggle with the challenge of how to best engage families in meaningful ways. Research focusing on middle school indicates that parental involvement reflecting academic socialization, which can be summarized as a parent speaking with their child about the importance of education, has the strongest positive association with student achievement. This action research project explored how middle school teachers might use two-way, multilingual text messages to support this type of parental involvement across a diverse population.