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Teacher Perceptions Of The Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (Team), Kelley Harrell 2018 East Tennessee State University

Teacher Perceptions Of The Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (Team), Kelley Harrell

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the perceptions of Pre K through 8th grade Tennessee teachers about the impact of Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) evaluations on classroom instructional strategies, teacher planning, professional development and teacher effectiveness. Participants in this study were PK-8 public school teachers from 2 districts in Northeast Tennessee who had been evaluated using the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM). Specifically this research was guided by 8 research questions on perceived changes in instructional strategies utilized by teachers, the perceived changes in teacher planning practices and lesson preparation, the perceived changes in professional development ...


A School Of Choice: A Case Study Of An Instructional Learning Model In A Public School System, Samuel McCord 2018 East Tennessee State University

A School Of Choice: A Case Study Of An Instructional Learning Model In A Public School System, Samuel Mccord

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This case study focused on the understandings of the administration and teaching staff with regard to the implementation and student academic growth of the B-L Upward program. The understandings were formed from data collected through structured, face-to-face interviews. The questioning of the staff members assisted in determining an understanding of the instructional model of the B-L Upward program. The experimental nature of the B-L Upward program allowed students, primarily those graduating from eighth grade and heading into high school, to choose an alternative to the traditional secondary learning environment. The current case study is an examination of the B-L Upward ...


Precalculus And Act: A Quantitative Study Of Five Tennessee High Schools, Michelle R. Phipps 2018 East Tennessee State University

Precalculus And Act: A Quantitative Study Of Five Tennessee High Schools, Michelle R. Phipps

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The purpose of this study was to determine if students scored significantly higher on the ACT after taking precalculus than they had scored on the ACT prior to taking precalculus. The researcher investigated whether there is an increase, not only in ACT composite scores, but also in ACT math subtest scores after high school students completed a precalculus course. The researcher also investigated differences regarding gender, socio-economic status, and race.

Five Tennessee high schools from four counties and five different districts were used in this study. The study involved 208 participants and covered a span of three years. The findings ...


Retention And Graduation Rates Of African American And Hispanic Students In Community Colleges In Tn: Index Of Institutional Practices That Support Minority Student Success, Dayna Smithers 2018 East Tennessee State University

Retention And Graduation Rates Of African American And Hispanic Students In Community Colleges In Tn: Index Of Institutional Practices That Support Minority Student Success, Dayna Smithers

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Many four year institutions are reorganizing their processes and structures to develop a more inclusive model related to campus diversity efforts. Minimal information has been reported about two year institutional efforts toward inclusive excellence. Given the predicted demographic shifts of the nation and more specifically, the projected increase in enrollments of racially and ethnically diverse student bodies in community colleges, it is essential for higher education administrators and policymakers to understand the structures needed to support minority student success at community colleges.

The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine institutional support structures around inclusive excellence. An Institutional Diversity ...


Implementation Of Response To Intervention (Rti) And A Multi-Tiered System Of Support (Mtss): A Case Study Examination Of One School District In Minnesota, Jean Duffy 2018 St. Cloud State University

Implementation Of Response To Intervention (Rti) And A Multi-Tiered System Of Support (Mtss): A Case Study Examination Of One School District In Minnesota, Jean Duffy

Culminating Projects in Education Administration and Leadership

The study examined implementation of a Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework in a one school district in Minnesota in November and December 2017. The purpose of the study was to examine how policies, procedures, and implementation strategies created the conditions that resulted in implementation of an MTSS and replacement of the IQ-achievement discrepancy with an RTI measure in a comprehensive special education evaluation for specific learning disability (SLD).

Findings revealed the importance of establishing an RTI/MTSS framework at the school district level and the use of implementation science to build a coordinated and ...


Study Of Select Secondary School Principals' Perceptions Of Standards-Based Grading Implementation In Minnesota Secondary Schools, Michael Scott 2018 St. Cloud State University

Study Of Select Secondary School Principals' Perceptions Of Standards-Based Grading Implementation In Minnesota Secondary Schools, Michael Scott

Culminating Projects in Education Administration and Leadership

According to Guskey and Bailey (2010), the first release of educational standards occurred in 1989 from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (p. 14). Subsequent to the focus on educational standards, educational researchers published foundational recommendations and guidelines to support the implementation and use of standards-based grading (Heflebower, Hoegh, & Warrick, 2014; Guskey, 2009a; Guskey & Bailey, 2010; Marzano, 2010; Marzano & Kendall, 1996a; Nagel, 2015; O’Connor, 2009). However, limited research was found indicating barriers to the implementation or successful use of standards-based grading in Minnesota secondary schools (grades 7-12).

The purpose of the study was to examine the reported level of implementation of standards-based grading in ...


Using Idi Guided Development To Increase Intercultural Competence, Durwin D. Hermanson 2018 St. Cloud State University

Using Idi Guided Development To Increase Intercultural Competence, Durwin D. Hermanson

Culminating Projects in Education Administration and Leadership

The qualitative case study examined Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) pre-post test data and responses from a sample of preservice teachers. The study focused on the effect of the process of administering IDI Guided Development to increase the intercultural competence of preservice teachers.

The study was based on the conceptual framework of the Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC), adapted from the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity originally proposed by Dr. Milton Bennett. In addition, intercultural competence models, theories, practices, and strategies were examined, including Deardorff’s Developing and Assessing Intercultural Competence Models, Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory, Mezirow’s Transformative Learning Theory ...


Teacher Evaluation–Study Of Minnesota Secondary School Principals Related To The Amount Of Time Necessary To Implement Common Teacher Evaluation Models, Todd Tetzlaff 2018 St. Cloud State University

Teacher Evaluation–Study Of Minnesota Secondary School Principals Related To The Amount Of Time Necessary To Implement Common Teacher Evaluation Models, Todd Tetzlaff

Culminating Projects in Education Administration and Leadership

The study measured perceptions of select secondary school principals in Minnesota regarding the teacher evaluation model utilized in their schools and the amount of time principals commit to the process of evaluating their teachers.

Research questions were answered through analysis of data from a survey including principal demographics, the teacher evaluation model utilized in the principal’s school, the volume of time principals’ report devoting to teacher evaluation and principal perceptions related to the extent to which the teacher evaluation model improves teacher performance.

The responses received showed that 60.5% of respondents were using a model based on Charlotte ...


Responding To Interactive Troubles – Implications For School Culture, Gro E. Lund, John M. Winslade 2018 Independent Consultant, Denmark

Responding To Interactive Troubles – Implications For School Culture, Gro E. Lund, John M. Winslade

Wisdom in Education

Responding to interactive troubles in schools can create processes of exclusion and marginalization. Certain basic assumptions can become knitted into school culture in ways that give rise to specific exclusionary practices. However, it does not have to be this way. Inclusionary ways of responding to interactive troubles can also be produced, given a school culture that nurtures relational ways of engagement. This article presents such relational practices and argues thoroughly for their use.



Principal Engagement In The Professional Development Process: The Identification Of Barriers, Resources, And Supports, Michael John Koonce 2018 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Principal Engagement In The Professional Development Process: The Identification Of Barriers, Resources, And Supports, Michael John Koonce

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to identify factors that served as barriers to principal engagement in the professional development process and identify what resources or supports were needed to increase engagement levels. For the purpose of this study, the professional development process included the identification of the professional learning needs of teachers on an ongoing and annual basis and the evaluation of the effectiveness of the professional development that has been provided. This study used a qualitative approach to examine principal engagement in the professional development process throughout a large geographic area in the Midwest. 20 principals were purposefully ...


Principal Leadership Of Tier 3 School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions And Supports, Cynthia M. Kennedy 2018 University of New England

Principal Leadership Of Tier 3 School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions And Supports, Cynthia M. Kennedy

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School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) is a systems-approach to teaching and reinforcing behavioral expectations within schools. Based on a three-tier public health model, SWPBIS encompasses universal, strategic, and tertiary tiers. This study focuses on early phases of SWPBIS Tier 3 implementations in five elementary schools, and seeks to examine how school principals use SWPBIS Tier 3 to effect transformative change for all students, including at-risk students. Using an ethnographic collective case study methodology, perceptions and attitudes of the participants are utilized to understand how principals use leadership to enact change in their schools with respect to SWPBIS. The ...


Career Technical Education Teachers: Using Handheld Technology To Teach Essential Skills, Olukunmi Olusesan Akingbola 2018 University of New England

Career Technical Education Teachers: Using Handheld Technology To Teach Essential Skills, Olukunmi Olusesan Akingbola

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This paper explores Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers’ perspective of in-class use of handheld technology in learning environments with effective pedagogical practices that lead the way to improving classroom teaching. The technology for this study encompasses laptops, iPads, tablets, and cell phones, collectively referred to as “handhelds.” This study sought to consider teachers’ own experiences with the use of handheld technology devices in classrooms. The goal of this study was to examine how handheld devices provide a few ways or methods whereby technology can be integrated into curriculum design to help teacher-student interactions and in-class participation in order to ...


Biblical Literalism And Implications For Learning, Sara Austin 2018 University of New England

Biblical Literalism And Implications For Learning, Sara Austin

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Given that everything we learn is scaffolded onto prior knowledge, how and what we learn is infinitely complex. There are many factors influencing learning, including environment, social and institutional attitudes, access, conditioning and biases. Among the social and environmental factors, religious affiliation is a powerful force which can either encourage educational pursuit, or discourage and demonize it.

This study used Mezirow’s Transformative Learning Theory (2003) to examine the lived experiences of individuals who were raised in biblical literalist faith traditions. The researcher conducted loosely structured interviews with each participant to learn about their educational and spiritual journeys as they ...


Mothers’ Stories: How Family And Community Influences Affect Generations Of Literacy Challenges, April Arfaras 2018 University of New England

Mothers’ Stories: How Family And Community Influences Affect Generations Of Literacy Challenges, April Arfaras

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This study critically examines America’s literacy crisis and focuses on the most affected: at-risk single-parent mothers of infant-toddlers. Illiteracy is a social justice concern that contributes to poverty, poor health, and crime, and affects the economy and America’s status as the former world leader in education. There is contention among academic, corporate, private, and government sources regarding the conflicting statistics of the severity of the literacy crisis (Amarao, 2016; Khazan, 2014; Layton, 2015; Rasco, 2017; Sugrue, 2008). Little is known from mothers closest to the problem (Knowles, 2015). The research questions addressed in this study are (1.) How ...


Sophomore Breakthrough Experience, Hailey Flavin 2018 University of Rhode Island

Sophomore Breakthrough Experience, Hailey Flavin

Senior Honors Projects

College students are often faced with not knowing how to use their strengths and values in a leadership role. A college campus can feel hard to handle and difficult to find your home without knowing how to navigate it. The leadership minor and Center for Student Leadership Development helps undergraduates better understand who they are and how they can have a lasting impact on the University of Rhode Island (URI) community. An area where the minor has always felt they lack guidance is for their sophomore students who might not be currently enrolled in a leadership minor class and are ...


A Sustainable “No Excuses” Charter School Model, Kelly Lerash 2018 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

A Sustainable “No Excuses” Charter School Model, Kelly Lerash

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As a participant observer working in a charter school and researching charter schools, I critically examine a particular charter school in New York City. I begin with my educational journey and the challenge of being a participant observer. I transition to focus on a general overview of “No Excuses” charter schools in NYC, looking closely at Uncommon Charter Schools, Achievement First Charter Schools, KIPP NYC, Success Academy Charter Schools and Democracy Prep Charter Schools. Next, I share my experiences working for five years in a “No Excuses” Charter School, using a specific lens to examine what makes that school different ...


Parent And Teacher Perceptions Of Elementary School Homework, Jimmy Marcum 2018 East Tennessee State University

Parent And Teacher Perceptions Of Elementary School Homework, Jimmy Marcum

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the perceptions of parents and teachers of elementary school students regarding homework. Specifically, the researcher examined parent and teacher perceptions, perceptions of teachers in kindergarten through fifth grades, and parents of elementary students in kindergarten through fifth grades. In this qualitative study, the researcher analyzed feedback obtained from two focus groups: a group of three parents and a group of three teachers. One-on-one in-depth interviews of seven parents or guardians and seven elementary school teachers were utilized. These interviews were conducted in settings chosen by the participants. All participants worked in ...


A Profile Of Selected Conservatorships In Failing Mississippi School Districts, Josh Jones 2018 The University of Southern Mississippi

A Profile Of Selected Conservatorships In Failing Mississippi School Districts, Josh Jones

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Exploring Scholar--Practitioner Leadership: Superintendents' Application Of Theory To Practice In Texas Public School Districts, Michael D. Jones 6674845 2018 Stephen F Austin State University

Exploring Scholar--Practitioner Leadership: Superintendents' Application Of Theory To Practice In Texas Public School Districts, Michael D. Jones 6674845

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This qualitative study was designed to investigate the methods of practice employed by Texas school superintendents who have completed a doctoral program centered on scholar–practitioner leadership. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe how serving superintendents apply their prior learning and knowledge to the articulation and translation of their district’s mission/vision. The study described how six serving superintendents translate theory to practice by inquiring how each participant articulates the district’s mission/vision. Through the analysis of face-to-face interviews, phone conversations, emails, and informal observations recorded in a researcher’s journal, four common ...


A New Model For Creative Education, Carolina Schnapp R. 2018 College for Creative Studies

A New Model For Creative Education, Carolina Schnapp R.

Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects

This project explored the design of a pedagogical model for the development of creativity, targeted for teachers and educational institutions. The development of creativity has become highly relevant over the past few decades, especially with the emphasis given to 21st Century Skills and the responsibility that schools have on fostering these skills. In this project, you will find the ideas based on research and experience, that were the foundation for the model, the creative process behind the design of the model, and the final version. The project was shared with experts who validated parts of the model and opened space ...


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