Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Elizabeth Minor

Second Advisor

James Fitzpatrick

Third Advisor

Mike Lubelfeld


This study is a program evaluation of AGA Middle School’s current school culture as it relates to being either a student-centered culture or an adult-centered culture. Following the analysis of the program evaluation, this study also set out to gather the voices of the students of AGA Middle School in order to determine the positive relationship building strategies and characteristics that teachers whom have positive relationships with students have in common. Employing a mixed methodology of survey data along with individual student interviews from each grade level (six through eight), this study found that the current school culture committee, the PATH committee, lacked student voice and student input. However, the study also uncovered that many teachers were in fact incorporating student voice and positive student-teacher relationship building skills within their own classrooms. Ultimately, the recommendations provided as a result of this study include a structure for incorporating student voice into the previously adult-centered school culture, along with a student derived set of positive student-teacher relationship building strategies and characteristics.