ESRP 9000 Professor

Gina L. Peyton, Ed.D.

ESRP 9001 Professor

Gina L. Peyton, Ed.D.

Executive Summary

The educational landscape has evolved over the years, and schools, given the mandates from state and federal levels, are expected to be effective agents of change for the students they serve. School districts nationally are plagued with the issue of teacher absenteeism. Teachers are the key transmitters of knowledge and are tasked with ensuring that children are prepared to function in a dynamic educational landscape. However, high levels of teacher absenteeism continue to plague school districts around the world. Teacher absenteeism impacts the effective operations of schools, and the percentage of teachers who are absent daily is reported to be 28.3%. Research has indicated that teacher absenteeism is widespread and needs urgent attention.

This strategic research project was designed to examine critically the issue of teacher absenteeism in a school district. This project aimed to provide an analysis, definition, possible solutions, and select a solution to the challenges. Possible solutions to the debilitating issue of absences among teachers are using mobile technology, offering incentives, implementing policy changes, and adapting leadership styles. The proposed solution involve using communication to reduce teacher absenteeism in the workplace. To accomplish this goal, I created an action plan with goals to accomplish the strategy of improving communication, outlining a timeline, roles and responsibilities, resources, and organizational support needed to achieve a reduction in teacher absences.

Teacher absenteeism is a global issue that continues to put a strain on the productivity. I recommend that leaders find innovative ways to learn more about teachers, identifying teachers’ strengths and weaknesses and areas for improvement, reviewing policies and communicating with staff more clearly, and implementing consistent rewards and wellness programs to reduce teacher absences.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education