Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Geri Chesner

Second Advisor

Dr. Karen Tardrew

Third Advisor

Dr. James Fitzpatrick


Unsavory behavior data and high absenteeism from classes indicated that some teachers were failing to effectively meet the behavior/academic needs of the most challenging students who attended this elementary school. These students needed individualized services specifically tailored to meet their special needs. It was also noted that these students were more opt to learn when strong relationships/rapport existed between their teachers and them. A revised lesson plan policy that required teachers to infuse culturally responsive teaching strategies was implemented. A qualitative research design which included data reviews, professional development with exit slips and teacher interviews were utilized as the research methodology to determine the success of this implementation. Students remained inside their classrooms learning and incident referrals were reduced.