Summer 2023

ESRP 9000 Professor

Jason Abreu

ESRP 9001 Professor

Jason Abreu

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was designed to provide an evidence-based approach addressing the most effective strategies to incorporate differentiated instruction in a college preparatory school. College preparatory schools have seen an increase in the number of students with diagnosed learning differences enrolled over the past several years due to post Covid learning gaps and a greater number of students diagnosed with learning difficulties identified at an earlier age.

In response to this problem, this project sought to determine the most beneficial ways to meet students’ needs while supporting teachers in their pursuit of meaningful professional development training. Data was collected through an internal and external factor evaluation to determine the strengths and weaknesses, as well as the opportunities and threats to the organization gleaned from the SWOT analyses. These factors were ranked on a scale of 1-4, 1 being the weakest and 4 the strongest influencers on the organization’s success. The quantitative strategic plan matrices analyzed the internal and external factors to determine the best solutions to the problem as exhibited by their overall attractiveness scores. Data suggested the most effective solution to address this problem was to employ an instructional coach to work with students and facilitate the teacher development process, ultimately increasing student learning and achievement. The collaboration between the instructional coach and teachers offered a supportive community centered around students’ needs. The individualized instruction provided by the instructional coach can increase student academic success, but also positively impacted their self-esteem.

Through in-depth analysis, it was determined that the most advantageous strategy to acquire the funds necessary to support this solution was through an annual increase in tuition. Increasing tuition on an annual basis affords a sustainable method for the recruitment and retention of an instructional coach to the organization. Throughout the strategic research process, the literature and data aligned, supporting the increase in tuition to implement an instructional coach to meet students’ needs in the college preparatory school.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education