Fall 2023

ESRP 9000 Professor

Linda Gaughan

ESRP 9001 Professor

Linda Gaughan

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was aimed at assessing the effectiveness of guided reading practices in enhancing student achievement and early literacy skills at Sea Castle Elementary. The analysis included an examination of the Sea Castle Elementary’s organizational dynamics, mission, vision, and areas for improvement. Guided reading surfaced as the recommended solution following a systematic evaluation of its benefits and drawbacks, aligning strategically with the school's objectives.

The strategic research project included a literature review, research methods, and proposed solutions, ultimately selecting guided reading as the optimal approach. Implementation strategies, such as teacher training and online professional development, were outlined. Recommendations underscored the importance of creating a dynamic and tailored educational environment.

Anticipating the project's impact, the findings indicate a potential shift towards improved student literacy outcomes and a more responsive educational setting at Sea Castle Elementary. Beyond Sea Castle Elementary, the influence extends to a broader change in the approach to early literacy instruction and student achievement within the wider educational field.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education