Barbara Boone, PhD

Barbara Boone, PhD, is the Principal Investigator and Director of the federally funded Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center as part of the Center on Education and Training. A mother of three children and grandmother too, Dr. Boone takes a family-centered approach to education. She recognizes that each and every child will learn, grow, and live fulfilling lives when nurtured by their families, and supported by their schools and communities. 

Dr. Boone leads a CETE team focused on improving partnerships between home, school, and communities for children of all ages. They do this through research, developing tools and resources for families, facilitating professional development, and working with state agencies, local school districts, and organizations.  This team, and the networks they support, serve as a places for future leaders for family engagement to develop and grow their interests.

She was previously an early childhood educator, parent educator, education consultant, and Director at the Ohio Department of Education. A sought-after speaker and advisor for school-family partnerships, Dr. Boone regularly works with state and district leaders across Ohio and the country.

When not working, Dr. Boone enjoys playing with her family and long hikes in the mountains. She is a Master Gardener Volunteer with OSU Extension with interests in wildflowers, gardening to support wildlife (and family), and keeping honeybees.  

She received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, a Master’s degree from The University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University.

Research Interests

  • Family Engagement
    • Family-School Relationships
    • Parent Education
    • Teacher efficacy
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Elementary Education
    • Middle School Education
    • High School Education
    • Special Education
    • Access and Equity
  • Teacher Education
  • Adult Learning