Navigating a Pandemic: Evaluating Communication with Parents in a STEM Program for Black and Latina Girls

Mikaela Coleman, Ivonne Garcia, Janet Hill, Bo Ju, Bridgit Lawler, Marianella Osorio, Naomi Thompson, Miranda Standberry-Wallace, Denise Nacu, Sheena Erete, Nichole Pinkard

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Abstract

This study focuses on the effectiveness of parent communication and engagement in an out-of-school (OST) STEM program for Black and Latina middle school girls. Through analysis of email open rates, a post-program survey, and attendance records, we found that our communication was successful in reaching parents, despite a drop in parent participation in online events during the pandemic. Our results suggest that communication efforts should be consistent, personalized, and inclusive. For CS educators interested in engaging families, we propose that a multi-layered communication approach is required to maintain connection with parents, especially during unpredictable circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2021 - Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1319
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380621
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 3 2021
Event52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Mar 13 2021Mar 20 2021

Publication series

NameSIGCSE 2021 - Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Conference

Conference52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period3/13/213/20/21

Keywords

  • crisis
  • out-of-school time
  • parents
  • stem programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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