Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Stefanie Shames

Second Advisor

Rosita Riley


The goal of my study was to evaluate what factors support the decisions of teachers in Title I schools to remain at the same Title I school for multiple years. More specifically, my desired outcome for this study was to determine the factors which can be managed at a school-based level to positively affect teacher retention, thereby ensuring that students have access to fully qualified teachers on an ongoing basis. The study addressed the following research questions: 1) What factors motivated the teachers to accept employment at a Title I school? 2) What factors were instrumental in teachers remaining in teaching positions at the same Title I school? 3). What factors would encourage the teachers to leave employment at their current school? The context of this study included teachers from six high needs elementary schools that receive Title I funding within the same district. The outcomes included barriers to teachers working in Title I schools. The evaluation indicated a need for change. I created a change leadership plan that addresses methods to overcome barriers to teacher retention.