Summer 2023

ESRP 9000 Professor

Gina L. Peyton

ESRP 9001 Professor

Gina L. Peyton

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was designed to provide practices for improving teacher motivation and morale in the primary elementary school. The SWOT analysis looked at the institution’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats). The analysis discovered obstacles to teacher motivation that limit productivity and have an effect on their professional development. Many stakeholders in the institution are impacted by the problem of low teacher morale. Low morale teachers experience stress, lack of satisfaction, burnout, and exhaustion. These educators carry their work-related stress and tiredness amongst them daily, which has an impact on their lives as well. Low morale among teachers makes it difficult for them to perform their duties to the best of their abilities, which minimizes the standard of instruction for students.

This strategic research project was designed to address the need to improve low morale represented as a weakness in the SWOT analysis. Concerns about teacher accountability, the professional culture of a school, and the administration’s lack of support are all factors that have a detrimental impact on teacher morale. The problem relates to teacher job satisfaction, employee productivity, and primary institution efficiency, all of which are impacted by a range of work-related pressures influencing people’s morale. The elementary school, operated for 52 years and servicing students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, is situated in the county of Broward in the city of Davie, Florida. A SWOT analysis was used to examine internal and external elements, and the results showed that increasing morale and motivation to put plans in place that create a positive working environment was the important issue facing the primary institution. After thorough consideration of the literature examined to assess the impact of each choice, maintaining motivational status was chosen as the best method to solve this issue out of four alternatives. Maintaining teacher motivational status and professional development to boost teacher morale were the two strategies selected to implement this solution.

Enhancing teacher morale through professional development was chosen as the strategy through the use of the Quantitative Strategic Planning Matrix tool (QSPM), receiving the highest total attractiveness score of 5.18 when rated for the demand or attractiveness against the internal and external factors. The measures needed to successfully implement this strategy were defined in an action plan that was created. These action steps are to (a) reimagine teaching and learning, (b) paid preservice training, (c) develop mentorships, and (d) celebrate teacher success. Therefore, following the creation of the action plan, it was recommended that, in the context of a public primary school, proper resources foster teacher morale and motivation.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education