Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

James L. Schott

Second Advisor

Norman Weston

Third Advisor

Daniel C. Sloyan


The transition in motion in the nation and in Florida has the potential to have a short-term adverse impact on high school graduation rates. The transition to more rigorous Florida Standards and their accompanying assessments are expected to promote improved college and career readiness and graduation rates for students in the long term. The disruptive consequences of the transition presents a scenario of short term losses sparking a sense of urgency among educators, parents, students, and the community at-large. This sense of urgency serves as the catalyst for the transformational change initiatives outlined in this document. This Change Leadership Project builds upon the statistically reliable baseline Social Return on Investment (SROI) ratio derived from my previous work, “Applying Social Return on Investment to a Large Central Florida County Public School District” (Lewis, 2014). This establishes a foundation for the methodology incorporated into this inquiry into the application of the theory of change.