Date

Summer 2023

ESRP 9000 Professor

Jason Abreu

ESRP 9001 Professor

Jason Abreu

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was designed to provide a solution to the lack of communication among teachers in a middle magnet school, which sequentially resulted in the lack of collaborative planning and ultimately, a decrease in student achievement. By analyzing reasons for the lack of communication amongst teachers, the research gathered may provide further insight on effective strategies for magnet school organizational leaders to implement that will directly impact the sustainability of improved teacher growth and performance, and climatically, high academic achievement as demonstrated on standardized assessments. The researcher sought to determine evidence-based solutions to best address the lack of teacher communication and collaboration as well as the strategy that could be implemented to evaluate the effectiveness of the selected solution. Use of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis determined which internal and external factors within the organization impacted teacher communication. It was determined that lack of communication among teachers negatively impacted the established organizational goals, resulting in a steady decline in student proficiency, generating an elevation in the percentage of graduating students that have not been adequately prepared for college or the workforce post-high school.

The implementation of professional learning communities within the organization will provide teachers and the organization’s leaders with opportunities to work collaboratively in reaching the organization’s goals by way of aligning student data, classroom experiences, instructional standards, customized professional development, classroom data, lesson planning, and collegiality, leading the organization to collective efficacy. The use of the Quantitative Strategic Planning Matrix (QSPM) generated a high attractiveness score for the use of the high-quality feedback strategy in the implementation of professional learning communities in efforts of bridging the gap between the theories used in professional training for teachers and classroom instructional practices.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Abraham S. Fischler College of Education

Language

English

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