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In the changing field of education, there is awareness of the benefits of parental involvement on student achievement and the impact teachers have on the success of parental involvement programs. However, teachers may rely significantly on their personal experiences as a source of reference for parental involvement and subsequently impact student achievement. There is a gap in the research about the lived experiences of teachers regarding their perspectives and support of parental involvement in the classroom. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore teachers' lived experiences and attitudes concerning parental involvement and student achievement. The conceptual framework for the study was supported by Bandura's social cognitive theory and Bandura's self-efficacy theory. A phenomenological research design and purposeful sampling was used to conduct face-to-face, semistructured interviews with 10 participants who were currently employed teachers with at least 5 years of experience and who had an awareness of parental involvement. Data collected from interviews were analyzed using the modified van Kaam method of analysis described by Moustakas. The 3 main themes that emerged from the data were a history of high parental involvement, the fostering of open and positive communication, and teacher-parent relationship building. Understanding how teachers' experiences influence parental involvement could result in a positive social change for education by creating awareness among educators and caregivers and by improving support for students.