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Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Carla Sparks

Second Advisor

Dr. Lorrie Butler


In education, there is a certain population of students that are overlooked. The low-socioeconomic student whose parent(s) did not attend post-secondary education is often overlooked. There is a need to provide these students with supports to become successful both in secondary and post-secondary education. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is such a support. AVID can also provide support and satisfaction for the educator. Using quantitative data, I demonstrated in my study the success of the AVID student as compared to the non-AVID student in English Language Arts and Math. I used qualitative data and quantitative data to research teacher satisfaction using AVID.


DEDICATION This dissertation is dedicated to my Godmother, Susan J. Riggs. You always believed in me, gave me honest advice, whether I wanted it or not, and provided a secure foundation to reach for the stars. You always encouraged me to keep moving forward and not let anyone tell me “no.” You were there for the worst and the best of times. I miss you so very much and I know that you are still looking out for me. Sue, I did it!!

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