Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

John Balls

Abstract

This project addressed how a program of curriculum development and professional support helped a K-12 tuition-based school transform its culture and create and sustain a competitive edge in a private school market.

Because of the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of a new 21st Century Literacy/Language Arts Curriculum Support: Professional Development Program at the elementary level, this school has been able to create and maintain a high-performance culture and increase market share and student growth and proficiency.

One of the objectives of this project was to develop and implement systems and processes that would foster a collaborative culture and increase student growth and proficiency in the areas of reading and language arts.The targeted population for this project were students in Grades 3-5.

The Implementation Team included students, teachers, a curriculum program coordinator, administrators and a doctoral student who worked as a Consultant.

The responsibilities of the Implementation Team included the following tasks: to conduct Professional Development for the faculty and staff, collect and disaggregate data and to implement innovative research based practices. These tasks occurred before, during, and after the implementation of the Reading Wonders Program. There were also formative and summative assessments that were utilized to monitor progress during the implementation process.

As a result of data collection, monitoring, and reporting processes, the school was able to use the information that had been compiled to continue to develop systems and processes that were established.

This Consultancy Project helped to facilitate continuous improvement throughout the K-12 setting. The data was monitored frequently in an effort to make informed decisions about the renewal of the project. This helped to guide the delivery of instruction relative to developing strategies for increasing phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension skills. Implementing any school reform initiative is difficult. Research indicates that school leaders who understand not only the reform but the school’s culture have a greater opportunity of sustaining the reform.

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