Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Chair: Carol A. Burg, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Committee Member: Dale Moxley, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Dean’s Representative: Susan Moxley, Ed.D.


For this program evaluation, I examined the effectiveness of Professional Learning Communities (PLC) with regard to how it supported professional development for teachers and student learning at Sunshine Elementary School (pseudonym). The literature reviewed argues that PLCs are viable venues to develop teacher competencies as well as improve student-learning outcomes when implemented with fidelity. The methods in this study included surveys and interviews from teachers, coaches and administrators. There was also a review of the student achievement data to examine results against the perceptions of the study participants. The results indicated areas that were working well, and areas that were not. In conclusion, the school needs to incorporate best practices to align with the research so that it may fully meet its goals.