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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



I am advocating for the districts to adopt Turnaround reform. This reform would be available to all schools that are considered failing in the district and not showing sufficient academic improvement. The district has implemented many initiatives to reform schools including turnaround. The implication and effectiveness of turnaround reform if done with fidelity and monitoring can be successful. There is ample research that supports turnaround reform and the positive academic gains and improvement in discipline, attendance, and teacher quality. My research and experience in this work has led me to understand that specific concept are vital to Turnaround success, including but not limited to: strong leadership, use of data, data cycles, teacher recruitments, and intensive professional learning.

As a result of my work, I realize that educating teachers is critical in education and if done effectively can improve academic achievement. I am also excited about my next journey to ensure that I am developing learning structures for teachers are well as leaders to improve their practice. I look forward to someday becoming a change agent at the university level to ensure potential teachers and leaders are prepared to move the needle in academic settings.


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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