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Dissertations from 2017

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Emerging Pathways: A Teacher/Researcher's Reflexive Journey Implementing Literacy-Based Science Interventions With Adolescent English Language Learners, Jeffrey Mihlon, Reading and Language

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Digitally Segregated Understanding Technology Readiness In Preparation For Higher Education Success, Gloria D. Mullons, Community Psychology

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Educating Incarcerated Youth In Illinois: A Blended Learning Model, John Sonnenberg, Educational Leadership

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Community, Purpose, and Empowerment: Developing a Support Program with Student Veterans, Cari Stevenson, Community Psychology

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Exploring Teacher’s Attitudes and Behaviors in Implementing Instructional Technology into Curriculum, Letitia Walters, Educational Leadership

Dissertations from 2016

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Four Year Old Kindergarten Should Not Be Optional, But A Necessary Program For Low Performing School Districts, Edward Todd Beadle, Educational Leadership

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Blended Learning and Educational Technology: Using An Online-Digital Curriculum To Support Student Learning, Jennifer Camilleri, Educational Leadership

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Effective School Discipline Policy and Practice: Supporting Student Learning Through Restorative Practices and Social Emotional Learning Skills, Jennifer Camilleri, Educational Leadership

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Understanding the Effects of Summer School, Technology, and 21st Century Skills on Student Academics, Jennifer Camilleri, Educational Leadership

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SYSTEMATIC IMPLEMENTATION OF FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN IN A LARGE SUBURBAN SCHOOL DISTRICT: A CHANGE LEADERSHIP PLAN, BRAD EDWARD CARTER MR, Educational Leadership

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A New Group of Leaders; The Assistant Principal Academy For Instructional Leadership and Development, Katrice M. Cotton, Educational Leadership

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Promoting And Selecting Culturally Relevant Teaching Materials And Pedagogy In Our Schools, Ebony R. Davis, Educational Leadership

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I Matter, As Does the World: Critical Consciousness in Higher Education, Myra Dutko, Community Psychology

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A First-Year Implementation of Mindquest21, A Project-Based Paradigm Shift to Deeper Learning: A Program Evaluation, Deborah R. Esparza, Educational Leadership

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Teacher-Created Student Growth Assessments Used For Teacher Evaluation And The Effects On Teacher Efficacy, Perry A. Finch, Educational Leadership

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The Case For Cultural Proficiency For Teachers Of Students Of Color Who Live In Poverty: A Policy Advocacy Document, Perry A. Finch, Disability and Equity in Education

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A School District's Change To Standards-Based Grading: A Conduit To Student Learning, Perry A. Finch, Educational Leadership

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Addressing One Florida Elementary School's Morale: A Change Leadership Project, Valene Fletcher Winters, Educational Leadership

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School Libraries, Disabilities, and a Phenomenological Progression to Policy Change, Patrice Narret Foerster, Disability and Equity in Education

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Transformational Practices in a Culture of Change: Advocating for Culturally Adaptive Practices in Educator Credential Requirements Policy, Amaesha E. Gibson, Educational Leadership

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An Alternative Program To Help Special Education Students Transition Back Into High School: A Program Evaluation, Janine E. Gruhn, Educational Leadership

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Modifying Board Policy on Attendance for Alternative High School Students: A Policy Advocacy Document, Janine E. Gruhn, Educational Leadership

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Redefining A Special Education Alternative High School Program To Make Students College and Career Ready: A Change Leadership Plan, Janine E. Gruhn, Educational Leadership

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An Exploration Of Student Views On Grading And Learning In An Alternative School Setting, Lisa Heipp, Educational Leadership

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Improving Student Achievement of Private School Students Receiving Title Services: A Positional and Dispositional Change Plan, Dr Shandowlyon L. Hendricks-Williams, Educational Leadership

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School Readiness Of First Grade Charter School Students: An Evaluation Of An Early Childhood Program, Dr Shandowlyon L. Hendricks-Williams, Educational Leadership

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Schoolwide Services for Students That Attend Private Schools: A Policy Recommendation to the Every Student Succeeds Act, Dr Shandowlyon L. Hendricks-Williams, Educational Leadership

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A Mother's Spiritual Journey with Her Disabled Son: An Autoethnography, Margaret C. Higgins EDD, Disability and Equity in Education

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Homework in a Middle School: A Program Evaluation, Brian P. Horn 2270699, Educational Leadership

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Standards-Based Grading In A Middle School: A Change Leadership Plan, Brian P. Horn 2270699, Educational Leadership

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Standards-Based Grading in a Middle School: A Policy Advocacy Document, Brian P. Horn 2270699, Educational Leadership

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Advocating For Standards-Based Grading In A Suburban School District: A Policy Advocacy Document, Cody Huisman, Educational Leadership

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Implementing Standards-Based Grading In A Suburban Middle School: A Change Leadership Plan, Cody Huisman, <--Please Select Discipline-->

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Perceptions Of The Effects Of Homework On Student Achievement At A Suburban Middle School: A Program Evaluation, Cody Huisman, Educational Leadership

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Understanding Ties Among Diversity-Focused Greek Organizations, Sense of Community, Multicultural Openness, and Leadership, Jose DJ Iniguez, Community Psychology

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Culturally Responsive Policy In An Urban HeadStart Program, Tanya M. Johnson, Educational Leadership

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A Three-Part Dissertation: Staff perceptions of the Newly Restructured Professional Development Program for ELL and Bilingual Teachers; Bilingual Kindergarten Curriculum and Instruction; Biliteracy in Transitional Bilingual Education Programs: A Policy Advocacy Document, Piedad Kaye, Curriculum, Advocacy, and Policy

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A Three-Part Dissertation: Staff perceptions of the Newly Restructured Professional Development Program for ELL and Bilingual Teachers; Bilingual Kindergarten Curriculum and Instruction; Biliteracy in Transitional Bilingual Education Programs: A Policy Advocacy Document, Piedad Kaye, Curriculum, Advocacy, and Policy

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A Three-Part Dissertation: Staff perceptions of the Newly Restructured Professional Development Program for ELL and Bilingual Teachers; Bilingual Kindergarten Curriculum and Instruction; Biliteracy in Transitional Bilingual Education Programs: A Policy Advocacy Document, Piedad Kaye, Curriculum, Advocacy, and Policy

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Liberating Dialogue: Literature Discussions of Sociopolitical Texts Among African American Students in an Inner-City School, Elizabeth Kearney, Reading, Language and Literacy

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Improving Student Behavior Through the Use of Greater Teacher Accountability Measures, Tequila S. Kurth, Educational Leadership

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BLOCK SCHEDULING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY HIGH SCHOOL: A CHANGE LEADERSHIP PLAN, Tracey K. Landry, Educational Leadership

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GOING 1:1- WRITING POLICY TO SUPPORT THE 21ST CENTURY STUDENT: A POLICY ADVOCACY DOCUMENT, Tracey K. Landry, Educational Leadership

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MEASURING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A TWO-PERIOD ALGEBRA CLASS: A PROGRAM EVALUATION, Tracey K. Landry, Educational Leadership

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Effects Of Eliminating The Cap On The Number of Participants in the Statewide Parental Choice Program, Reginald Lawrence II, Educational Leadership

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A Quantitative Comparison Of The Reading Achievement Of English Learners In Dual Language And Transitional Bilingual Programs, Shajaira P. Lopez, Educational Leadership

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Minority Middle and High School Students' Interest in Science: An Exploration of Teachers' Perceptions, Caroline Makere, Curriculum and Social Inquiry

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Connect the Disconnected: Enhance Teaching and Learning with an Implementation of Culturally Responsive Lesson Planning Practices which Improves Instructional School Climate and Accountability Data, Lisa Michelle Marion-Howard, Educational Leadership

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The Effective Educator: Reshape the Quality of Teachers' Instructional Practices with the Implementation of Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching, Lisa Michelle Marion-Howard, Educational Leadership

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Reshape Elementary School Scheduling Practices with an Implementation of a Parallel Block Scheduling System as a Means to Effectively and Efficiently Reach School Goals, Lisa Michelle Marion-Howard, Educational Leadership

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Moving To A District Balanced Literacy Program: A Change Leadership Plan, Cynthia A. Marks and Carol A. Benda, Educational Leadership

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Vagabond: Returning To Autoethnography As A Doctoral Nomad, Karyn McElroy, Curriculum, Advocacy, and Policy

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Creating a Lifeline Back to Books For Adolescent Boys Through Multimedia Enhanced Read-alouds, Jana Wilkening McNally, Reading and Language

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Combating School Truancy: Current Practices and Recommendations for Improvement, Paige E. McNulty, Educational Leadership

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The Effects of Consistent Observation and Feedback on Teacher Practice and Motivation to Refine Instruction, Scott I. Nasatir, Educational Leadership

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Reframing Lesson Plans: The Foundation for Improving Instruction, Carletta M. Noland, Educational Leadership

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Electronic Notification For Administration: Prior To Ten Days Of Suspensions, Yvonne Perry, Educational Leadership

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More Than Me: The Voices Of African American Adolescent Mothers And Their Pursuit of Post-Secondary Education, Chanel Phillips, Community Psychology

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An Examination of African Americans' Utilization of Health Care, Brittany Powell, Community Psychology

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Program Evaluation: Metacognition in a Blended Learning Environment, Flavian Josiah Prince, Educational Leadership

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School District's Administrative Policy 6:07 Employee Rules of Conduct as it Relates to Attendance, Dornicho S. Pulliam, Educational Leadership

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Refreshment for the Soul: A Phenomenological Study of the Student Experience of Beauty in School, Paul Reiff, Curriculum and Social Inquiry

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Exploring the Impact of the MassTransfer Program: A Look at Latina/ Latino Student Transfer Success at a Two Year Hispanic-Serving Institution into a Four Year Non-Hispanic University in Massachusetts, Lizette V. Rivera, Community College Leadership

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The Perceived Community Engagement Survey: Structure, Reliability, and Validity of a Community-based Organization Measure of Engagement with the Broader Community, Rafael Rivera, Community Psychology

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An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Demonstration Classroom Professional Learning Experience, Nicole M. Robinson, Educational Leadership

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Personalized Professional Learning for Elementary Bilingual Educators: A Policy Advocacy Document, Nicole M. Robinson, Educational Leadership

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Targeted Professional Learning to Implement a Biliteracy Model: A Change Leadership Plan, Nicole M. Robinson, Educational Leadership

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Program Evaluation: The Role Of Relationships In Student Engagement, ReShunda L. Stephens, Educational Leadership

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Examining Teachers' Perceptions of the United States Social Class System, Tracy Stevenson-Olson, Educational Leadership

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Examining Teachers' Perceptions Of The United States Social Class System, Tracy M. Stevenson-Olson, Educational Leadership

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Raising Expectations: Utilizing Research-based Methods Linking Teacher Expectations and Student Achievement (TESA_: A Change Leadership Plan, JaRita RaShe' Steward, Educational Leadership

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Establishing Effective Home-School Partnerships by Building Capacity, JaNiece M. Terry, Reading and Language

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Fostering Authentic Community: A Change Leadership Plan, Adam J. Thorns, Educational Leadership

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Promoting Student Voice In Schools: A Policy Advocacy Document, Adam J. Thorns, Educational Leadership

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The Perceived Impact on Bullying of the Second Step Program at a Kindergarten-8th Grade School: A Program Evaluation, Adam J. Thorns, Educational Leadership

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The Impact Of After-School Tutoring On Elementary Student Achievement: A Program Evaluation, Robert Tomic, Educational Leadership

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Redesigning the Schedule in the First Grade, Zannetta R. Walker, Educational Leadership

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High School Language Arts Methods of Instruction And Professional Development Program for Ipad Integration: A Change Leadership Project, Erika Wikstrom, Educational Leadership

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Ipad Integration At One High School As Focused On The Language Arts Programs: A Program Evaluation, Erika Wikstrom, Educational Leadership

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Professional Development To Support 1:1 Ipad Integration In High School Language Arts Courses: A Policy Advocacy Document, Erika Wikstrom, Educational Leadership

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The Effectiveness of Juvenile Boot Camps and Their Impact on Minority Youth, Gregory Tyrone Williams, Educational Leadership

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The Embodiment of Culture: Race and Class in Schools, Dorothy Wood, Educational Leadership

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Parental Engagement For Academic Sucess Of Students, Tamara M. Young, Educational Leadership

Dissertations from 2015

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An Evaluation of Teacher Morale in Four Elementary Schools: The Difference a School Makes, Jennifer Blackburn

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Trust, Safety, and Relationship Building: A Case Study of Alternative School Education, Kermit Blakley, Educational Leadership

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Equity and Excellence: The Story of Lake Shore Community High School's Quest for Racial Justice in Education, Marcus Campbell, Educational Leadership

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Teaching English Learners in Middle Grades: A Mixed Method Study of the Dispositions, Priorities, and Instructional Practices of Urban Bilingual, ESL, and Content Teachers, Elizabeth Cardenas-Lopez, Reading, Language and Literacy

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Good to Great: A Case Study of an African American Literacy Coordinator’s Role in Transitioning a School From Dependence on a Scripted Reading Program to Balanced Literacy, Kimberly A. Chase, Reading and Language

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Understanding the History of Institutionalization: Making connections to De-institutionalization and the Olmstead Act for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the State of Illinois, Nancy A. Cheeseman, Disability and Equity in Education

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A Three Part Dissertation: Evaluating A High School District Extended-period Mathematics Program Using Frequent, Unannounced, Focused, And Short Classroom Observations To Support Classroom Instruction Utilizing Classroom Observations To Inform Teaching And Learning: A Policy Advocacy Document, Lawrence T. Cook, Educational Leadership

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Using Frequent, Unannounced, Focused, and Short Classroom Observations to Support Classroom Instruction, Lawrence T. Cook, Educational Leadership

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Implementing Bring Your Own Device and the Paperless Classroom: A Change Leadership Project, Tamara K. Cornwell Dr, Educational Leadership

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The Tale of Two Middle School Literacy Coaches: Implications for Building Coaching Capacity, Tina Edwards, Reading and Language

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One Instructional Leadership Team’s Journey through a Professional Learning Cycle, Elizabeth A. England, Educational Leadership

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Empowerment, Ownership, and Authentic Professional Learning: Meeting the Needs of Our Teachers Through Career Pathways, Amber Field, Educational Leadership

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Increasing Student Achievement Through Supporting English Language Learners, Michelle George, Educational Leadership

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Raising Student Achievement Through Programmatic Initiatives and Instructional Improvement, Philip S. Georgia, Educational Leadership

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Factors That Contribute To High School Drop-outs Earning Their High School Diploma, Anne M. Gottlieb, Educational Leadership

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ICCB Program Review: Assisting Illinois Community Colleges to Improve Quality, Daniel S. Hagberg, Community College Leadership

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Creating A Framework For Success For High School African American Males: A Policy Advocacy Document, Ilandus Hampton Sr., Educational Leadership

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Instructional Coaching: An Essential Element for Building and Maintaining Instructional Capacity, Alison Hawley, Educational Leadership

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Advocating for a Safe and Supportive School Environment: A Policy Advocacy Document, Zipporah K. Hightower, Educational Leadership

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Talking To Learn: A Formative Experiment On Constructing Meaning Though Collaborative Classroom Interactions, Mary L. Hoch, Reading and Language

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The Transformative Experiences of Female Educators as a Catalyst for Social Change in the World, April D. Jordan, Curriculum and Social Inquiry

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Military Resilience and Transformation: A Narrative Inquiry Highlighting the Challenges Faced by Military Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan During Their Transition from Combat to Civil Society, Russell S. Lowe, Adult and Continuing Education

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Advocating For A Parent And Community Engagement Policy In Chicago Public School District 299, Guillermo Willy Montes de Oca, Educational Leadership

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Resonating Frequencies of a Virtual Learning Community: An Ethnographic Case Study of Online Faculty Development at Columbia College Chicago, David S. Noffs, Adult and Continuing Education

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Exploring The “Mojo” Of Presidential Awards For Excellence In Mathematics And Science Teaching (PAEMST) Recipients, James W. O'Malley, Educational Leadership

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Paradigm Transformation: Preparing Students for the Transition To Middle School, LaSabra Warner Patterson, Educational Leadership

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Addressing the Achievement Gap in Pinellas County Schools: School Improvement Plan Compliance of Listing and Implementing Interventions, Melissa Porter, Educational Leadership

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Exploring Factors That Influence GED Students To Complete And Matriculate To Career And Technical Education Certificate Programs In Community Colleges, Irma J. Rayborn, Community College Leadership

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Race For Completion: Success Courses Components Fostering Successful Community College Completion, Brenda Roland, Community College Leadership

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Impact of Latina Identity on Leadership Styles, Blanca Ruiz-Williams, Educational Leadership

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Searching for Innovation, Creativity and 21st Century Skills: A Case Study of a Suburban Elementary School District, Robert Alexander Serdar, Educational Leadership

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Utilizing a Systematic Approach to Problem-solving in the Elementary School Setting: A Program Evaluation Project, Edie Sohigian, Educational Leadership

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Up-setting the Apple Cart: Mitigating Potentially Disabling Barriers in Education, Amy Tepper, Disability and Equity in Education

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Perceived Barriers And Solutions: Engineering Design Implementation, Ken L. Turner, Educational Leadership

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Model Minority Mismatch: Exploring the Community College Experience and Persistence of Southeast Asian American Students, Genda Vann Ed.D, Community College Leadership

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Chicago's Ongoing Struggle With School Reform: The Inherent Conflicts Of Collaborative Leadership In An Environment Of Accountability, Valerie A. Watkins-Prendergast, Educational Leadership

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Zoom: The Changing Nature of Middle School Shared Instructional Leadership on the Way to the Common Core, Ann M. Yanchura, Reading and Language

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Chief Student Affairs Officer’s Competencies: Perspectives from Community College Presidents in Illinois, Isaac D. Zuniga, Community College Leadership

Dissertations from 2014

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The Community College As Entrepreneur: Developing and Sustaining Effective Noncredit Workforce Training Partnerships, Kristine Michele Condon, Community College Leadership

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A Balanced Approach: Advocating for Middle School Improvement that Levels the Playing Field, Derrik Craun, Educational Leadership

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Increasing Student Achievement in English Language Learners through Dual Language: A Policy Advocacy Document, Melissa Durrance, Educational Leadership

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Strategic Community Engagement as Perceived by Five Superintendents, Judith A. Dymond, Educational Leadership

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The Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy: A Policy Advocacy Document, John L. Finan, Educational Leadership

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Click to Agree: Policies Impacting a One-to-One Mobile Learning Environment, Matthew J. Fuller, Educational Leadership

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Slide to Unlock: Creating a Technology-Integrated Environment for Our Students, Matthew J. Fuller, Educational Leadership

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Tap the Screen: Technology Integration in Our Students’ Lives, Matthew J. Fuller, Educational Leadership

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Balancing Climate, Culture and Achievement in a New Bilingual Program, Jennifer Glickley, Educational Leadership

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PAPERLESS DEBATE: THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE, Michael B. Greenstein, Educational Leadership

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A Policy Advocacy Dissertation to Increase Transparency and Accountability through Social Return on Investment Analysis, David F. Lewis, Educational Leadership

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Applying Social Return on Investment Analysis to a Large Central Florida County Public School District, David F. Lewis, Educational Leadership

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Systemic Transformation for College and Career Readiness And Enhanced Social Return on Investment, David F. Lewis, Educational Leadership

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Teacher and Evaluator Perspectives on the Teacher Evaluation Process for Teachers of English Language Learners: A Change Leadership Plan, Nancy Martinez, Educational Leadership

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Teacher and Evaluator Perspectives on the Teacher Evaluation Process for Teachers of English Language Learners: A Policy Advocacy Document, Nancy Martinez, Educational Leadership

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Recruiting Minority Faculty: The Effects Of The Bradley Memo Of Understanding On An Urban School District - A Program Evaluation Dissertation, Lois McKee, Educational Leadership

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Implementing a Flexible Approach to Teacher Assignments and Placement of Students with Special Needs: A Policy Advocacy Document, Kim M. Morley, Educational Leadership

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A Support Framework for Virtual Learners: A Policy Advocacy Document, Donna Davis Nicolodi, Educational Leadership

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An Investigation of Teacher Evaluation Systems and How They Can Be Transformed To Improve Teaching and Learning: A Change Leadership Plan, Kelly O'Brien, Educational Leadership

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ADVOCATING FOR A TRANSITIONAL BILINGUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS, Sandy Ozimek, Educational Leadership

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Planning for Change While Changing the Plan: A Case Study of Staff Perceptions of an Elementary ELL Program Redesign, Joanne Panopoulos, Educational Leadership

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Enhancement and the Launch of Odyssey, Jason Pascavage, Educational Leadership

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Community College President's Health Habits: A Prescription for Job Performance in Rural Illinois, William J. Peacy III, Community College Leadership

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Identifying the Competencies Required to be a Highly Effective Leader in a Low-Performing School, Ruth A. Reimer, Educational Leadership

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Investing in the Modern Day Public School Administrator: Advocating for Change in the Development of Turnaround Principals: A Policy Advocacy Document, Ruth A. Reimer, Educational Leadership

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Creating A Comprehensive Supportive Policy That Provides Equal Educational Access For The Mentally Ill Student: A Policy Advocacy Document, Lesley S. Roberts, Educational Leadership

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Incorporating An Assessment of Mastery Motivation In Elementary School Students Within A School Psychological Evaluation, Lesley S. Roberts, Educational Leadership

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Evaluating The Effectiveness of an Alternative High School Program Serving At Risk Students, Francisco Santa, Educational Leadership

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Utilization-Focused Evaluation of a School District Leadership Pipeline, Whitnee Shaffer, Educational Leadership

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A Proposed Change Leadership Plan For Bimmer Elementary School, Nicole Villaverde, Educational Leadership

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Closing the Achievement Gap in Elementary Schools: A Policy Advocacy Dissertation, Nicole Villaverde, Educational Leadership

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Impact of Collaborative Specialization On 5th Grade Student Achievement in a Title I School: Program Evaluation Proposal, Nicole Villaverde, Educational Leadership

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The Relationship Between Word Consciousness and Vocabulary Growth and Achievement in Fourth and Fifth Graders, Margaret M. Walsh, Reading and Language

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The Game Of Chess: A Conduit To Increase Student Academic Achievement In Pinellas County: A Policy Advocacy Document, Douglas Williams, Educational Leadership

Dissertations from 2013

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Increasing Student Engagement In The Middle School Classroom, Elisa V. Biancalana, Educational Leadership

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African American Women in Higher Education: Challenges Endured and Strategies Employed to Secure a Community College Presidency, Lois M. Britton, Community College Leadership

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THE LEONARD BERNSTEIN ARTFUL LEARNING MODEL: A CASE STUDY OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, David S. Brothman, Educational Leadership

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Integrating Aesthetics: Transforming Continuing and Professional Education Through Africentric Practice, Auburn E. Ellis, Adult and Continuing Education

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Community College Academic Leadership: Examining Effective Leadership Teams, Walter J. Fronczek, Community College Leadership

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ADVOCATING A SUCCESSFUL POLICY FOR IMPLEMENTING STATE-MANDATED REFORMS TO TEACHER EVALUATION PRACTICES, Christina R. Heyde, Educational Leadership

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Analysis Of Change Plans in Two Elementary School Districts For Teacher Evaluation Practices Following the New Illinois Performance Evaluation Reform Act of 2010 (PERA), Christina R. Heyde, Educational Leadership

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TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR PERCEPTIONS OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF CURRENT TEACHER EVALUATION PRACTICES AND THE IMPACT OF THE NEW ILLINOIS PERFORMANCE EVALUATION REFORM ACT OF 2010 (PERA), Christina R. Heyde, Educational Leadership

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The Message 2.0: Perceptions of Success from Members of the Founding Class of MC Squared STEM High School, Jeffrey D. McClellan, Educational Leadership

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ACADEMIC ACCELERATION: A POLICY ADVOCACY DOCUMENT, Kelly Neylon, Educational Leadership

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Evaluation of a Successful High Risk Nursing Student Assistance Program: One ADN Program's Journey, Ciaran O'Sullivan, Community College Leadership

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Breaking the Boundaries: Decision Factors That Lead Male Students to Enroll in Associate Degree Nursing Programs in Illinois Community Colleges, Leandro Alcovendaz Resurreccion, Community College Leadership

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Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Therapeutic Day School Students: Prevalence in this Population and Effective Treatment Programs, Monica Roberts, Educational Psychology

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THE NECESSITY OF DEVELOPING RESPONSIBLE USE POLICIES: ADVOCACY FOR USE OF WEB 2.0 TOOLS IN A COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL COMPUTING PROGRAM, David L. Russo

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Building A High-Quality Teaching Profession: Professional Development For Teachers and Staff, Marybeth Whitney-DeLaMar, Educational Leadership

Dissertations from 2012

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FROM CRISIS TO EMPOWERMENT: AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES, Marcie Anne Bates, Community College Leadership

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UNDERSTANDING BURNOUT AND PROMOTING ENGAGEMENT AMONG ADJUNCT FACULTY IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES, Michael Alan Bates, Community College Leadership

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DATA-DRIVEN DECISION MAKING IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES: AN INTEGRATIVE MODEL FOR INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, Claude Adam Callery, Community College Leadership

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CHANGE IS CONSTANT: THE ONGOING REENGINEERING OF SENIOR ADMINISTRATION IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES, Maria H. Coons, Community College Leadership

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DOWN FRONT: CHALLENGES FACING COMMUNITY COLLEGE BASED PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS, Stephen Bradley Cummins, Community College Leadership

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STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES: AN EXPLORATION OF ISSUES RELEVANT TO DECISION MAKING TO CONFER COMMUNITY COLLEGE BACCALAUREATE DEGREES, Charles W. Currier, Community College Leadership

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EXAMINING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SPIRITUALITY AND PERSISTENCE OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRADUATES WHO MATRICULATE TO THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE GRANTING INSTITUTION, Shawn L. Govan, Community College Leadership

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BEYOND THE DREAM: IMPROVING COLLEGE-READINESS OF UNDERPREPARED COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS, Joan L. Kindle, Community College Leadership

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ASKING LATINO STUDENTS: STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE DUAL CREDIT HIGH SCHOOL – COMMUNITY COLLEGE BRIDGE PROGRAMS, Ana L. King, Community College Leadership

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EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS PROGRAMS AND THEIR ASPIRATIONS TO ATTEND COLLEGE, Ashley B. Knight, Community College Leadership

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BEYOND ACADEMICS: CHALLENGING ISSUES FACING COMMUNITY COLLEGE NON-ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES, Judith Lynn Mitchell, Community College Leadership

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EXPECTATIONS OF IMPROVED STUDENT LEARNING: GENERAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT IN AQIP COMMUNITY COLLEGES, Alyssa Renee O'Brien, Community College Leadership

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THE POWER WITHIN: INSTITUTION-BASED LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS IN RURAL COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN ILLINOIS, Jaleh T. Sherbini, Community College Leadership

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THE ESSENCE OF THE DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE OF A HIGH SCHOOL LITERACY COACHING TEAM: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY, Nancy Spaniak, Educational Leadership

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADULT ACCELERATED PROGRAM: FACULTY EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY INFLUENCE ON STUDENT RETENTION, Nancy S. Wajler, Community College Leadership

Dissertations from 2011

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FROM THE BORDER TO THE BOARDROOM: THE JOURNEY TO THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENCY FOR MEXICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN, Yesenia Noreeka Avalos, Community College Leadership

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITIONS: ENHANCING THE PROCESS BY UNDERSTANDING STAKEHOLDER PERCEPTIONS, Jeffery Clay Bradford, Community College Leadership

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES: THE WHOLE IS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF THE INDIVIDUAL PARTS, William M. Griffin, Community College Leadership

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LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITY: AN APPRECIATIVE CASE STUDY OF SERVICE-LEARNING INITIATIVES WITHIN A HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION, Matthew Price McCrickard, Adult and Continuing Education

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INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND A CULTURE OF EVIDENCE: ACCOUNTABILITY CORNERSTONES FOR THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY, Teresa Renee McKinney, Community College Leadership

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GIVING MY HEART A VOICE: REFLECTION ON SELF AND OTHERS THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS OF PEDAGOGY: AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHY, Vera L. Neyman, Educational Leadership

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The Leadership Practice of Museum Educators, Tina R. Nolan, Educational Leadership

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UNDERGRADUATE ELEMENTARY TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM AND CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY, Deborah A. O'Connor, Educational Leadership

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DATA GATHERING AND DECISION MAKING AMONG COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACULTY UNION LEADERS, Mary K. O'Sullivan, Community College Leadership

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TWO PATHS, ONE GOAL: STUDENT SUCCESS EXAMINING STUDENT AFFAIRS IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND FOR-PROFIT POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS, De'Reese L. Reid-Hart, Community College Leadership

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CAO PERSPECTIVES: THE ROLE OF GENERAL EDUCATION OBJECTIVES IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL PROGRAMS IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE, Jennifer Ballard Schanker, Community College Leadership

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EXAMINING THE MOTIVATING FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE STUDENTS WITH AN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE TO COMPLETE A BACHELOR’S DEGREE AT A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY, Rudolph D, Smith, Community College Leadership

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AN EXPLORATION OF HOW DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES ARE EVALUATED IN SELECT COMMUNITY COLLEGES, Donna Anita Walker, Community College Leadership

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EXPLORING SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES FOR INTEGRATING ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING IN THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Roberetta Young, Community College Leadership

Dissertations from 2010

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Essential Personal Attributes, Skills and Abilities Needed by Aspiring Community College Presidents, Jeffery Steven Boyd, Community College Leadership

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Improving Services for Students with Disabilities at Community Colleges, Michael William Duggan, Community College Leadership

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A Comparison of the Career and Technical Education Programs in a US Community College and a Chinese Institution, Harry Hou, Community College Leadership

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Deans of Career and Technical Education: Charting the Course to Senior Administration, Shelley Zarovsky Levin, Community College Leadership

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Community College Succession Planning: Preparing the Next Generation of Women for Leadership Roles, Angela Kaysen Luzbetak, Community College Leadership

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Multiple Roles: The Conflicted Realities of Community College Mission Statements, Mark David Mrozinski, Community College Leadership

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Veterans Education: Coming Home to the Community College Classroom, Karen Rae Persky, Community College Leadership

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Bridging the Gap: Linking Co-Curricular Activities to Student Learning Outcomes in Community College Students, Katie Lauren Storey, Community College Leadership

Dissertations from 2009

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Global Competency in Hospitality Management Programs: A Perfect Recipe for Community Colleges, David Jonathan Beer, Community College Leadership

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Headed for the Heartland: Decision-making Factors for International Students to Attend Rural and Suburban Community College in Illinois, Eric John Bohman, Community College Leadership

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White Lies: A Critical Race Study of Power and Privilege, Patricia Jones Brainard, Adult and Continuing Education

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The Effects of Reading Nonfiction Aloud on the Vocabulary Acquisition of Middle-School Students, Patricia Ann Braun, Reading and Language

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Synchronicity of the Community College Mission and the Role and Responsibilities of Academic Advisors, Zalika A. Brown, Community College Leadership

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Unlocking Doors for the Locked-Out: How Can Community Colleges Help to Demolish Barriers, Build Bridges, and Transition Male Ex-Offenders into the Workforce, Jeannette Collins-Molden, Community College Leadership

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Higher Education and the New Capitalism: Social Enterprise Partnerships and the Opportunity for Community Colleges, Rosanna S. Diaz, Community College Leadership

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Blood, Sweat and Tears: Insights into the Lived Experiences of Graduates of an Accelerated Undergraduate Degree-Completion Program, A Phenomenological Study, Bonnie B. Flynn, Adult and Continuing Education

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“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” An African Centered Historical Study of the Selfethnic Liberatory Education Nature and Goals of the Poetry of Langston Hughes: the Impact on Adult Education, Sarah E. Howard, Adult and Continuing Education

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Righteous Commitment: Renewing, Repairing, and Restoring the World—Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement, Jennifer Lara Simka Kushner, Adult and Continuing Education

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A Study of Exceptional Mentoring Insights for Adult Education and emerging mentors, Laura Lee Larson, Adult and Continuing Education

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Transformative Learning in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Community An Ethnographic Study examining how and in what ways transformative learning is realized and lived out among members of an MS community., Mary N. Lewis, Adult and Continuing Education

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Identifying and Addressing Issues Faced by New Community College Presidents, Anthony Raymond Miksa, Community College Leadership

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Culturally-Relevant Information Literacy: A Case Study, Rob Morrison, Adult and Continuing Education

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An Analysis and Evaluation of Sit Stay Read: Is the Program Effective in Improving Student Engagement and Reading Outcomes?, Corinne Serra Smith, Education

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Strategic Planning Leadership in Illinois Community Colleges: Who is Leading the Process?, Tasha S. Williams, Community College Leadership

Dissertations from 2008

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Creating the Path Together: A Case Study of a Mathematics Professional Development Program for Teachers of English Language Learners, Alison Marie Whittington, Educational Leadership

Dissertations from 2007

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All Children Are Our Children, Tania Giordani, Adult and Continuing Education

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Navigating Barriers of African American Male Administrators: Manifesting Mechanisms for Career Advancement in Mainstream Institutions of Higher Education, Orlando Lewis, Adult and Continuing Education

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Autobiography as Counter-Narrative: An Empirical Study of How Race Enters and Structures the Stories of Our Lives, Wendy B. Yanow, Adult and Continuing Education

Dissertations from 2005

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Hope—Heartbeat of Adult Education: A Phenomenological Inquiry, Phillip L. Moulden, Adult and Continuing Education

Dissertations from 2003

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Adult ESL Oral Reading Fluency and Silent Reading Comprehension, Kristin Lems, Reading and Language

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Organizational Power and Politics: More Than Meets the Eye in Program Planning, Susan Shaver, Adult and Continuing Education

Dissertations from 2001

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Adult Learning in the Context of Interreligious Dialogue: A Collaborative Research Study Involving Christians, Jews, and Muslims, Nadira K. Charaniya and Jane West Walsh, Adult and Continuing Education

Dissertations from 1996

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Teaching/ Learning Experiences: Meanings Constructed by Participants ini a Degree Completion Program for Adult Students, Natalie K. Manbeck, Curriculum and Instruction

Dissertations from 1995

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The Role of Transformational Leadership in the Collaborative Development of a Full Inclusion Program: An Action Research Study, Paul R. Hain, Educational Leadership

Dissertations from 1985

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Peer Influence: A Method to Help Manage Stress, Ronald Cameron Zurcher