Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Elizabeth Minor

Second Advisor

Tina Nolan

Third Advisor

Jim Fitzpatrick


Every school seeks to heighten student achievement. Committed and skilled teachers are instrumental in reaching this goal. Focused professional learning opportunities help support the ongoing growth of all staff. Unfortunately, a number of factors, including finances, teacher turnover, and an absence of trust, work against efforts to implement sound professional learning strategies with fidelity at Lady Academy.

This change plan sought to develop a sustainable plan to address that issue. Surveys with fourth-grade teachers revealed several key steps that must be taken. First, professional learning should be individualized for teachers but developed collaboratively. In addition, Lady Academy should work to retain quality teachers, increase their efficacy, and provide ample professional learning time. By doing so, Lady Academy can realistically see its educators implement sound instructional strategies effectively and continuously.


I would like to acknowledge all of the teachers, students, and communities that have allowed me to be part of their lives. I would personally like to thank Dr. Pittman for pushing me to this done, my husband and kids for being understanding and patient the last three years, Dr. Angel Johnson for being my friend and editor, and my mom for teaching me to after what I want.

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