Fall 2023

ESRP 9000 Professor

Gina Peyton

ESRP 9001 Professor

Gina Peyton

Executive Summary

This Strategic Research Project aims to explore and devise effective strategies for enhancing teacher development and collaboration within the CyFair school district. The project aims to identify and address critical challenges in professional development and propose comprehensive solutions that can lead to improved educational outcomes. Upon conducting a SWOT analysis to scrutinize internal and external factors, it became apparent that the district's primary challenge lies in comprehensive teacher training, which is essential to enhance students' academic performance. Digitalized professional development portals and collaborative learning communities were the two strategies selected to implement this solution. The immediate problem identified is fostering effective professional growth and collaboration among teachers. This issue is rooted in the need for a more strategic, inclusive, and adaptive approach to teacher training and development. The proposed solution involves implementing a multi-faceted professional development program that is sustained, intensive, content-focused, and incorporates active learning and collaborative approaches. The strategy to achieve this involves a comprehensive plan that includes creating professional learning communities, integrating technology training, focusing on content-specific training, emphasizing culturally responsive teaching practices, and continuously assessing and adapting professional development initiatives to ensure their effectiveness and relevance.

The action plan for implementing the proposed solution involves several key steps: conducting a needs assessment to tailor professional development to specific teacher requirements; developing a schedule and structure for ongoing professional learning communities; integrating technology into professional development programs; providing content-specific training and resources; incorporating training on culturally responsive teaching methods and establishing a system for continuous feedback and improvement of the professional development programs. The recommendations for this SRP include ensuring that professional development is an ongoing, collaborative, and reflective process supported by the school leadership; addressing teacher resistance to change through clear communication, involvement in decision-making, and leadership support; regularly assessing the impact of professional development on teaching practices and student learning outcomes; and leveraging community resources and partnerships to enhance the learning experience for both teachers and students. This SRP provides a comprehensive approach to revamping professional development within the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, aiming to create a more effective, engaging, and adaptive educational environment for teachers and students alike.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education