Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Minor

Second Advisor

Dr. Harrington Gibson


To reinforce best practices at the building level in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), this study advocates that CPS enact a policy to create Local Network Councils (LNCs). Using an analysis of need, the impact of Local Network Councils is examined through educational, social, political, economic, and moral frames. It is determined that a Local Network Council system can reinforce best practices at the building level. This is defined as including: promoting teacher and staff excellence through continuous improvement to develop and achieve high expectations for all students, establishing professional learning communities guaranteeing learning for all students, developing a culture focused on college and career skills, empowering and motivating families and the community to become engaged and attentive, as well as persistently practicing self-disciplined thinking and action. This type of multifaceted changeover requires significant human resources and economic considerations, as well as vigilance in planning, furtherance of professional development for all staff, and meticulous methods of both student and facility assessments. A proposed budget and an assessment plan is included in the study.