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Board Recruitment And Development For A Nonprofit Farmers' Market Organization, Tammy B. Bass Jan 2019

Board Recruitment And Development For A Nonprofit Farmers' Market Organization, Tammy B. Bass

Education Dissertations and Projects

Community nonprofit organizations operated by a Board of Directors rely heavily on the commitment and goodwill of volunteers. By 2017, Foothills Farmers’ Market (FFM), a community nonprofit organization, had experienced rapid growth in sales, grant funding, and programs while experiencing highs and lows in volunteer Board leadership. The organization needed very committed volunteer Board members who would put in the time to run the small nonprofit business that was growing quickly. Board members were becoming less committed as the demands of the organization became greater, to the point that there often were not enough Directors present to meet quorum and ...


Expanding The Academic Scope: Establishing A Collegiate Testing Program, Carmen M. Butler Jan 2019

Expanding The Academic Scope: Establishing A Collegiate Testing Program, Carmen M. Butler

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Establishing a testing program on a university campus can serve to showcase student learning and create higher professional standards for any academic institution. By using Gardner-Webb University as a model, this consultancy project outlines the benefits of offering testing services on a college or university campus and the steps involved in creating a testing program.


Implementing An Injury Prevention Program And Its Impact On Warehouse Operations, Michael E. Chapman Jan 2019

Implementing An Injury Prevention Program And Its Impact On Warehouse Operations, Michael E. Chapman

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The implementation of an injury prevention program in the industrial and supply chain setting provides a great challenge within the emerging world of ergonomics and human factors engineering with limited peer-reviewed resources to guide organizational leadership. Building a program that focuses on education, individualistic behavior, and ergonomic engineering has the implications for reducing reported work-related injuries and work-related workers compensation cases and increasing overall workplace production. As provided in the case for ACME (pseudonym), work-related injuries and work-related musculoskeletal disorders were focused on to improve the overall health and well-being of warehouse workers. Concentrating on education and process improvement, with ...


Utilization Of The Star Model™ As An Onboarding And Leadership Development Tool, Jacqueline L. Brown Jan 2019

Utilization Of The Star Model™ As An Onboarding And Leadership Development Tool, Jacqueline L. Brown

Education Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of the project was to utilize The Star Model™ as a tool to address onboarding and leadership development. Training and development are important to the success of any organization. Specifically, onboarding of new staff and board members, as well as continuous leadership development of all staff, plays a critical part in the success of a nonprofit organization. To address this need, StepUp Ministry took a proactive approach and implemented a consultancy project to address this issue. The ultimate goal of the project was to ensure that staff and new board members received meaningful retreat and training opportunities that ...


Design Thinking In Health Sciences: Developing Solutions-Oriented Graduates Impacting Local Medical Communities Through Innovative Leadership, Tracey T. Thurnes Jan 2019

Design Thinking In Health Sciences: Developing Solutions-Oriented Graduates Impacting Local Medical Communities Through Innovative Leadership, Tracey T. Thurnes

Education Dissertations and Projects

Design Thinking in Health Sciences is a multi-year project that focuses on applying design thinking pedagogy across the health sciences in the undergraduate and graduate educational experiences through pop-ups and curriculum infusion at Elon University. In addition, the project serves to partner with local community organizations to provide “real-life” exposure on how design thinking can be implemented to serve the greater community. A convenience sample of graduate and undergraduate health science students completed a version of the INCODE-ICB-v5 survey that measures many of the same identified characteristics of The Ten Principles of Good Interdisciplinary Teamwork. Surveys were distributed pre and ...


Collective Impact Approach For Program Design And Implementation: Cleveland Reentry Initiative, Katie Munger Jan 2019

Collective Impact Approach For Program Design And Implementation: Cleveland Reentry Initiative, Katie Munger

Education Dissertations and Projects

Most communities face complex social issues and develop programs to fill these gaps. Using the collective impact approach, a group of community partners formed a collaborative to design and implement a program addressing the needs of individuals returning from incarceration to Cleveland County. This consultancy project outlines the process of developing an evidence-based reentry program using the collective impact approach.


North Carolina Future City Program: Increasing A Statewide Program Mission, Presence, And Participation To Ensure Institutional Legacy, Lisa M. Thompson Jan 2019

North Carolina Future City Program: Increasing A Statewide Program Mission, Presence, And Participation To Ensure Institutional Legacy, Lisa M. Thompson

Education Dissertations and Projects

The future was both the theme and purpose of this Consultancy Project (CP). Future City is an educational program supported by a national engineering organization. This program, with emphasis on engineering principles and activities, provides materials, processes, and structures that support a robust, project-based learning approach. Annually, students in sixth through eighth grade participate regionally, by creating cities of the future based on their solution to a challenge topic that changes yearly. The cycle culminates in a regional competition; regional winners compete in the national event in February. A group of engineers created a North Carolina chapter of the national ...


Increasing The Sustainability Of Action Learning In The Beta Corporation, Sheila Person-Scott Jan 2019

Increasing The Sustainability Of Action Learning In The Beta Corporation, Sheila Person-Scott

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The Talent Development and Organization Effectiveness group of the Beta Corporation, (pseudonym), introduced action learning (AL) as an enterprise solution in 2014. The group envisioned AL would become a key leadership development lever and assumed the business leaders would embrace the opportunities associated with AL; however, it was discovered that organic embracing of AL did not happen. A few of the reasons interfering with wider adoption were

a) Clarification of AL was difficult

b) Lack of understanding between key stakeholders

c) Undefined outcomes and measures

d) Delivered solely to an exclusive audience of senior leaders

e) Shortage of AL coaches ...


Governance To Growth, Nonprofit Vocational Rehab, Sheldon L. Gathers Jan 2019

Governance To Growth, Nonprofit Vocational Rehab, Sheldon L. Gathers

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The purpose of the Consultancy Project was to help move the organization forward as they stabilized their operations. The nonprofit is a vocational rehabilitation facility located in the southeastern United States. The pseudonym is “Better than Good,” referred to as BTG. Their mission is to provide employment and training opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment. Better than Good has been in existence for 30 years and has experienced some operational and fiscal challenges the last few years. As a result of the challenges, all the energy and focus by the Board of Directors and staff was placed on governance ...


Don’T Count Me Out! The Impact Of Mentoring On The Persistence Of African-American Male Students At Predominately White Institutions (Pwis), Darryl E. Hylton Jr. Jan 2019

Don’T Count Me Out! The Impact Of Mentoring On The Persistence Of African-American Male Students At Predominately White Institutions (Pwis), Darryl E. Hylton Jr.

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Over the years, more opportunities have been provided to individuals of all ages due to more and easier access to higher education; however, despite these opportunities, major barriers still exist that impact the success of a specific demographic—African-American males. While students of color had the greatest growth in postsecondary enrollment in 4 decades (Fry, 2010), research indicates a deficit trend of undergraduate males of color who fail to graduate once enrolled in colleges and universities (Carnevale & Strohl, 2013). To address this issue, institutions of higher learning have implemented programs, initiatives, and other strategies in an attempt to help these ...


Back To The Basics: Building A Leadership Development Program For Students, Demario L. Watts Jan 2019

Back To The Basics: Building A Leadership Development Program For Students, Demario L. Watts

Education Dissertations and Projects

All higher education institutions have wonderful student leaders on their campuses. Institutions spend several thousands of dollars on students, and students spend several thousands of dollars on their student experience. During their student experience, students are able to participate in many different student organizations, where they may have an opportunity to become a leader within the organization. Each position comes with a level of responsibility and risk. As educators, it is our job to ensure that each student has a great experience and gains the basic understanding of what it means to be a student leader and a leader after ...


Wisdom Gained In The Superintendency: A Study Of Leadership Lessons Learned From Retired Superintendents, William Jeffrey Booker Jan 2019

Wisdom Gained In The Superintendency: A Study Of Leadership Lessons Learned From Retired Superintendents, William Jeffrey Booker

Education Dissertations and Projects

The study examined the experiences of retired superintendents who served in North Carolina public schools and the reflective thoughts they amassed regarding leadership traits which are contributory to success. Additionally, this study sought to explore the potential development of lessons learned through the experiences of the retired superintendents. The researcher used a qualitative approach to conduct this study. Qualitative data were gathered through the use of a questionnaire and in-depth interviews. The open-ended questions explored the experiences of the retired superintendents beginning with their first superintendency and continuing through the culmination of their career. The participants were also asked to ...


Qualitative Analysis Of Adult Perceptions Of Their K-12 Grade Retention, Helena Sibyl King Jan 2019

Qualitative Analysis Of Adult Perceptions Of Their K-12 Grade Retention, Helena Sibyl King

Education Dissertations and Projects

This study investigated the effects that a K-12 grade retention had on adults who were retained as children. The research was motivated by three research questions: (1) How do adults aged 18-65 who have experienced grade retention describe the effect that a K-12 retention had and possibly continues to have on their lives? (2) How do adults aged 18-65 feel about having been held back in school? (3) How do adults aged 18-65 perceive grade retention overall? Previous studies neglected to examine the emotional implications that retention can have on a child and the possible long-term effects that retention may ...


An Evaluation Of The Relationship Among North Carolina Reading Assessments, Sophia Latrell Crawford-Mapp Jan 2019

An Evaluation Of The Relationship Among North Carolina Reading Assessments, Sophia Latrell Crawford-Mapp

Education Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this study was to extend the Bowles (2014) study in North Carolina to (a) determine the relationship between the scores of the North Carolina beginning-of-grade (BOG) and end-of-grade (EOG) reading assessments, the scores of the mClass Text Reading and Comprehension (TRC) assessment, and the scores of the CogAT assessment; and (b) determine the degree the TRC, CogAT, and NC BOG predict scores on the NC EOG reading assessment in third-grade classrooms of nine elementary schools. This study was conducted in two parts to best address the research questions. The first part consisted of descriptive, variance, and inferential ...


The Relationship Between Adolescent Students' Motivation To Read And College- And Career-Ready Achievement, Brianne Elizabeth Schoch Jan 2019

The Relationship Between Adolescent Students' Motivation To Read And College- And Career-Ready Achievement, Brianne Elizabeth Schoch

Education Dissertations and Projects

This study examined the relationship between student motivation to read and college- and career-ready achievement. The participants were 60 eighth-grade students from a middle school in western North Carolina. Pitcher’s et al. (2007) Adolescent Motivation to Read Profile (AMRP) survey instrument was used to collect data on student motivation to read and its subsets of self-concept as reader and value of reading. Academic achievement was measured by the North Carolina READY End-of-Grade Assessment English Language Arts/Reading for Grade 8 (NC READY ELA/R 8). Descriptive statistics revealed students could be described as neither having a positive or negative ...


From The Beginning: A Start To End Analysis Of A Beginning Teacher Program, Andrea M. Anderson Jan 2019

From The Beginning: A Start To End Analysis Of A Beginning Teacher Program, Andrea M. Anderson

Education Dissertations and Projects

This mixed-methods study evaluated the effectiveness of a Beginning Teacher Support Program in the southern region of a school district. The effects of teacher turnover, national teacher shortages, induction programs, mentoring, administrative support, professional development, and other support offered to beginning teachers were analyzed. The researcher created a survey that was administered to high school beginning teachers, mentor teachers, and principals. A focus group and an interview with a regional beginning teacher coordinator were also conducted to further evaluate the effectiveness of the district’s beginning teacher program. The results of the study concluded that beginning teachers benefitted from participating ...


Identifiable Factors That Influence Teacher Retention In Four Title I Middle Schools: A Multiple-Case Study, Adair Blanton Mckay Jan 2019

Identifiable Factors That Influence Teacher Retention In Four Title I Middle Schools: A Multiple-Case Study, Adair Blanton Mckay

Education Dissertations and Projects

Student success has suffered a great deal and continues to suffer in the Title I middle school setting. Staffing problems in these schools account for part of the cause. This study examined four Title I middle schools that experience difficulty retaining teachers. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (2016), between 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, approximately 8% of teachers moved, another 8% of teachers left the profession, and approximately 84% of teachers stayed at the same school. The percentage of movers from high-poverty schools is double that of movers from low-poverty schools. The goal of this study was to serve ...


Parent Magnet School Choice In A Large Urban School District, Catherine Diane Payne Jan 2019

Parent Magnet School Choice In A Large Urban School District, Catherine Diane Payne

Education Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to understand the perspectives of parents who choose magnet schools. The study investigated sources of information parents use in their school search, factors influencing them to apply to a magnet school, features of charter and private schools that attract them, and reasons for choosing a magnet school. Through an analysis of 984 surveys from parents who applied to a magnet school for the 2018-2019 school year and data from focus groups, the researcher found that recommendations from others is the most important source of information in parent school searches. Parents also consulted online ...


African American English, School Demographics, And Literacy Achievement In Reading Recovery, Brandynne Thompson Jan 2019

African American English, School Demographics, And Literacy Achievement In Reading Recovery, Brandynne Thompson

Education Dissertations and Projects

African-American students continue to lag behind White peers in nationwide test scores, in part due to deficits in literacy skills which may be connected to use of African American English (AAE) in the school setting. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between exposure to varying levels of mainstream American English (MAE) for AAE-speaking students and specific literacy skills during Reading Recovery intervention. Elementary schools were designated as high exposure or low exposure to MAE based on school racial demographics, and pre and postintervention scores of first-grade students in Reading Recovery intervention were analyzed to determine differences ...


Culture And Language: An Action Research Study On The Impact Of Integrating Culture Into A Chinese Language Immersion Program, Haibin Li Jan 2019

Culture And Language: An Action Research Study On The Impact Of Integrating Culture Into A Chinese Language Immersion Program, Haibin Li

Education Dissertations and Projects

Though a framework for foreign language education exists, the lack of guidelines, proper implementation, and benchmarks, along with scarce research on the effects of implementing cultural aspects in immersion classrooms leaves foreign language educators in the dark. An action research study design was utilized in a second grade Chinese immersion program at a language academy, investigating the impacts of the inclusion of culture activities in the classroom. Areas included were cultural exposure, teaching methods, teaching materials, cross cultural education, and challenges. Research data collected included students’ unit test scores, journals, parent surveys, and parent interviews. Time practicing is important, yet ...


Teacher Perceptions Of Formative Assessments On Student Learning In K-12 Classrooms, Stacey Robinson Jan 2019

Teacher Perceptions Of Formative Assessments On Student Learning In K-12 Classrooms, Stacey Robinson

Education Dissertations and Projects

A mixed methods design was utilized to examine teacher perceptions of formative assessments and its impact on student motivation. Teachers from 32 public schools in a southeastern school district were invited to participate in a formative assessment survey using a Likert scale to share their perceptions of their understanding and use of formative assessments in the classroom. The survey and interview items addressed teachers’ own self-efficacy values as they relate to their implementation of formative assessments and their relationship with motivating students to learn. Data analysis indicated most teachers had a strong understanding of formative assessments, but some of their ...


An Investigation Of On Our Way To English®, A Reading Program For English Learners In A Rural Western Region North Carolina Public School District, Regina King Jan 2019

An Investigation Of On Our Way To English®, A Reading Program For English Learners In A Rural Western Region North Carolina Public School District, Regina King

Education Dissertations and Projects

This study examined how a literacy program, On Our Way to English® (OWE), for English Learners (ELs) was implemented in one North Carolina public school district. The program contained the elements of phonics, vocabulary, reading, and writing instruction. The researcher collected documents from participants as well as conducted observations of teachers implementing the program with ELs while taking field notes. The data collected were analyzed to determine how competent the participants felt in implementing the program with EL students and how it impacted their academic success. The participants’ strengths were with using the vocabulary and writing instruction provided by the ...


Building Bridges: Connecting To The Classics With Young Adult Literature, Karen Rusyniak Conner Jan 2019

Building Bridges: Connecting To The Classics With Young Adult Literature, Karen Rusyniak Conner

Education Dissertations and Projects

This study examined the effects of intertextual study using young adult literature and classic literature on both student reading attitudes and student achievement with 10th- grade high school English students in a suburban high school in North Carolina. The convergent parallel mixed methods action research study used qualitative data in the form of an anonymous survey and anonymous open-ended journal responses as well as qualitative data from achievement results on required benchmark tests. The survey results were analyzed in terms of responses, and open-ended responses were analyzed and coded for themes. Multiple themes emerged from the survey responses and open-ended ...


Impact Of A Bullying Prevention Program At A Southern Middle School, Shannon Elizabeth Fischer Jan 2019

Impact Of A Bullying Prevention Program At A Southern Middle School, Shannon Elizabeth Fischer

Education Dissertations and Projects

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) was purchased by a southern school district to combat bullying and raise perceptions of school climate. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the effectiveness of the OBPP in combatting bullying in a school for the 2015-2016 school year. Bullying data were compiled and compared using the OBQ from 2012, 2013, and 2014 to create the Middle School Bullying Survey administered in the fall of 2015 (presurvey) and the spring of 2016 (postsurvey) to reassess school climate, prevalence of bullying, and effectiveness of the OBPP. For Research Question 1, using chi-square tests ...


Early Colleges: The African American Male Experience, Adreian M. Pitts Jan 2019

Early Colleges: The African American Male Experience, Adreian M. Pitts

Education Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological study was to explore lived experiences of African American males who were enrolled in an early college to obtain a deeper understanding of their experiences regarding academic barriers, self-efficacy, and perceptions of academic impact. The population of this research study consisted of eight African American males, all of whom were enrolled in Grades 9-12 in a large urban school district in North Carolina. Bandura’s (2001) Social Cognitive Theory was used as the conceptual framework for the research. Three themes were identified from the first research question, “What are the lived experiences of African ...


Comparing Academic Performance Data Of Students In Single-Gender Classroom: Which Gender Benefits The Most, African-American Males Or African-American Females?, Daris F. Gore Jan 2019

Comparing Academic Performance Data Of Students In Single-Gender Classroom: Which Gender Benefits The Most, African-American Males Or African-American Females?, Daris F. Gore

Education Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine if single-gender settings have a statistically significant effect on African-American male and/or African-American female academic achievement on English assessment from sixth through eighth grade. Social science statistics were used to determine if a statistically significant difference occurred in the performance of African-American males and/or female students in single-gender classrooms compared to African-American male and female students in coed classrooms. A two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was conducted to assess if differences exist on a dependent variable (student achievement) by independent variables (instructional setting and gender). A statistically significant difference ...


Administrator Perceptions Of Their Preparedness To Lead Digital Learning Initiatives Through Observing, Modeling, And Providing Feedback For The Effective Utilization Of Technology In A Digitally Rich Environment, Kristin L. Edwards Jan 2019

Administrator Perceptions Of Their Preparedness To Lead Digital Learning Initiatives Through Observing, Modeling, And Providing Feedback For The Effective Utilization Of Technology In A Digitally Rich Environment, Kristin L. Edwards

Education Dissertations and Projects

With the rapid increase in device usage in classrooms, it is imperative that administrators know and understand pedagogical principles within digitally rich environments. This qualitative study sought to understand administrator preparedness for leading digital learning initiatives in the areas of observing, modeling, and offering constructive feedback in digitally rich environments. The Principals Technology Leadership Assessment (PTLA) and focus groups were used to conduct the research. A chi-square goodness of fit was used to compare the responses of the PTLA to the original PTLA study. Focus group results were analyzed for emerging themes. Gaps were identified as indicated by the ISTE-A ...


A Program Evaluation Of The Implementation Of Personalized Learning In A Rural Elementary School, Jaime Hembree Jan 2019

A Program Evaluation Of The Implementation Of Personalized Learning In A Rural Elementary School, Jaime Hembree

Education Dissertations and Projects

The global workforce is constantly changing. Students sitting in today’s classrooms are being prepared for jobs that do not currently exist. Students must graduate ready to be problem solvers, collaborators, and self-starters. Students must become in charge of their learning, and teachers must possess the skill set in order to facilitate this kind of learning. As a result, many states and school districts are implementing personalized learning. This study provides a program evaluation of the implementation of personalized learning, and focused primarily on the implementation of student data notebooks and teacher-shared flexible grouping and measured teacher efficacy and student ...


Elementary Teacher Perceptions Of Eureka Math, Lindsay Harmon Walker Jan 2019

Elementary Teacher Perceptions Of Eureka Math, Lindsay Harmon Walker

Education Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of elementary teachers teaching the Eureka Math program using a mixed methods approach. The participants were Grades K-5 elementary teachers from 10 elementary schools within the same school district located in the southwestern region of North Carolina. Quantitative data were collected via a 4-point Likert scale survey distributed via Google Forms. Qualitative data were collected via an open-ended question from the survey and an interview group. The data were collected to answer the research question, “How do elementary teachers experience teaching mathematics using the Eureka Math program?” The researcher designed ...


The Teacher's Role In Student Engagement, Anita Grove Jan 2019

The Teacher's Role In Student Engagement, Anita Grove

Education Dissertations and Projects

This research study examines teacher expectations and perceptions and provides an understanding of the teacher’s role in student engagement. A wide array of factors—both within and beyond the classroom—can influence student engagement. To begin the process of improving student engagement, it is essential for educators to reflect on the elements that contribute to student engagement. Research questions addressed associations between the variables of teacher expectations, teacher perceptions, and student engagement measured by a Likert Item Teacher Survey; Teacher Expectations, Perceptions and Instructional Practices Questionnaire; and a Student Engagement Observation Tool. The results indicate there is a need ...