Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Minor

Second Advisor

Dr. Renee Gugel

Third Advisor

Dr. Angela Elkordy


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of teacher leadership through instructional coaching. This study was designed to find the appropriate structures that promote teacher leadership with a specific focus on using a distributed leadership model of school leadership that develops and promotes teacher-led instructional coaching. This will enable school leaders to create a shared vision and outline steps to formally add teacher leadership roles in their school organizations. In addition, it will allow for a more streamlined organizational process, leading to a more effective and efficient leadership.

Two school districts outside of Chicago were used to collect data on school leader perceptions of distributed leadership through the use of teacher-led instructional coaching. There was also an examination of how teacher leaders’ understanding of instructional coaching contributes to the growth of teacher practice. The study involved looking at a variety of instructional coaching models that teacher leaders can use, along with what school administrators need to set up a distributed leadership model to promote teacher-led instructional coaching. Policy was formed to assist in the selection of teacher leaders, along with how this selection influences equitable access to leadership opportunities for teachers in school districts.

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