Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Carol A. Burg

Second Advisor

James L. Schott

Third Advisor

Joan Q. Minnis


This Program Evaluation Plan (PEP) explores aspects of the Bradley Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with respect to its implementation in Pinellas County Schools (PCS). Although the Bradley MOU has many facets, this dissertation examines the minority faculty initiative portion of the agreement. There are many obstacles to overcome regarding attracting African American teachers to the PCS district, and they seem to be similar to struggles found in other districts across the state of Florida. By implementing a pre and post survey and conducting interviews with teachers and district employees, I was able to discover that Pinellas County Schools is showing marked effort with respect to minority faculty recruitment.

This study also explores the importance of having minority teachers in classrooms. Teachers in this study stated they had a significant person in their lives that influenced them to become a teacher. The literature review in this study reflects the importance of having teachers in the classroom who can act as role models for students. In addition, the research noted in this study illustrates how important it is for students to see a teacher of their own race/ethnicity as their classroom leader. As a result of examining factors contributing to and/or hindering the hiring of minority teachers, we can continue to make progress toward increasing the number of African American teachers in our schools.