Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Kristen Lems

Second Advisor

Jason Stegemoller

Third Advisor

Harrington Gibson



The Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) is an organizational structure designed to improve employee engagement, which for this project is defined as employee collaboration, autonomy, ownership and shared purpose, in the curriculum development process (Farris-Berg, 2013). This program evaluation, grounded in organizational theory, self-determination theory, and social exchange theory; it is aimed at validating the importance of creating an organizational structure designed to shape a cultural environment that supports employee ownership and autonomy while creating a social exchange economy that supports employee motivation. The Instructional Leadership Team created and initiated the ILT Engagement Survey to K-5 grade level teachers in the summer of 2015. The survey results validated the ILT, finding it to be an organizational structure increasing teacher collaboration, autonomy, ownership and shared purpose. The ILT Engagement survey also exposed areas that needed improvement, including the need for equal participation among grade level team members, a clarified ILT purpose, and a need for greater leadership training for grade level teacher leaders in order to support stronger grade level teams.