Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Gloria McDaniel- Hall

Second Advisor

Dr. Harrington Gibson

Third Advisor

Dr. Sandra Stringer


With the achievement gap African American and Latinx and their White peers widening rather than closing in Bullock County Public Schools and the overall proficiency level of students in both English Language Arts and Math at less than 15%, it’s apparent that quality teaching and learning is a concern. This coupled with teachers’ perception that professional development is ineffective made it evident that adopting a research based professional development model was necessary. This plan examines the current professional development model with an emphasis on Cycles of Inquiry. Since this requires a change in not only teachers’ belief systems but also school leaders’ ability to design and deliver professional development that improves teaching and learning, I am using Wagner’s (2006) 4 C’s model to examine the current model and develop a vision for the new model. After an in-depth analysis of qualitative data, strategies and actions and a research-based model was developed.