Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - NLU Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Elizabeth Minor


This dissertation lays out the ways in which urban and near urban school districts go about hiring teachers in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The concern about why schools are unable to consistently staff schools rests primarily on the basis that teachers leave challenging schools because of higher class sizes, compensation and student behavioral concerns. When conducting research and gathering information regarding hiring in urban and near urban schools, I was able to construct a plan following Tony Wagner’s (2010) change leadership examination of a program as it is currently (As-Is) to plan for what the program is to be (To-Be). The vision of success focuses on elements of context, culture, conditions, and competencies to design a robust plan that meets the needs of the districts. Ultimately, the strategies and action steps will lay the groundwork for what an urban district can implement to turn-the-tide and provide the best for their students.