Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr Angela Elkordy

Second Advisor

Dr Cheryl Watkins

Third Advisor

Dr Todd Price


This study involved an evaluation of teacher experiences within their districts, schools, and unions across the United States. The primary research question was: How are teachers currently experiencing the relationship between their unions, districts, and administrators and what opportunities exist to improve cooperation and shared ownership between those groups? The study used a mixed methods approach by gathering quantitative data in the form of a survey and qualitative data through open-ended responses on the survey as well as interviews with seven teachers. The results formed a general understanding of the current state of teacher experiences that was then applied to better understand Chicago as a case study and the at times contentious relationship between the teachers union and district. Finally, recommendations were made for policy and leadership to promote cooperation and shared ownership among teachers, unions, principals, and district leaders, including trust building strategies, engagement efforts, and fiscal sustainability.