Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Williams, Barbara Bole

Second Advisor

Johnson, Ane Turner

Third Advisor

Santo, Jane


active parental involvement, college and career readiness, emotional intelligence, school and family collaboration, social emotional learning


Educational counseling; High school students


Secondary Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


The development of emotional competencies occurs across many environments in a child's life. Research suggests that adequate development of a child's emotional intelligence leads to confident decision making and has a positive impact on student academic success (CASEL, 2013a, 2013b; Goleman, 2005; Landau & Meirovich, 2011 Larocque, Kleiman, & Darling, 2011). An active partnership between educators and parents/guardians promotes a continuum of positive supports for students developing healthy social-emotional learning behaviors transferable in college and careers.

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the partnerships between parents/guardians and school districts when promoting college/career readiness concerning social/emotional competencies in adolescents (Stake, 1995; Strauss & Corbin, 1998). The data presented and analyzed in this research study suggests that an active partnership between parents/guardians and school districts contributes to the development of emotional competencies as a student becomes college and career ready. Collaboratively espousing the importance of social-emotional learning and an active partnership maximizes success for students and fosters a transition after high school. To better support the needs of school districts and families, high schools could implement a framework for a successful college and career ready student, specially focused on an active parental partnership.