Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educ Foundations & Leadership

Program/Concentration

Educational Leadership

Committee Director

Jay Paredes Scribner

Committee Member

Steve Myran

Committee Member

Melva R. Grant

Abstract

The identification and implementation of programs that create positive academic changes school—wide are greatly needed. The Advancement Via Individual Determination College Readiness System (AVID) is believed to be such a program. The purpose of this study was to evaluate to what extent leadership practices foster leadership development in teachers and how that transfer of leadership influences the academic achievement of students in the AVID program. Program theory evaluation (PTE) was selected as the preferred framework for this summative evaluation to assess the extent to which AVID is meeting its objectives. Findings indicate enhancing instructional capacity, providing scaffold support, building teacher capacity, and providing AVID staff development as necessary components for successful implementation of the AVID program. The results of this evaluative study suggest that leaders who are involved and supportive and who empower teachers in the shared decision-making processes in a school are more successful in implementing successful AVID programs.

DOI

10.25777/z35d-pc29

ISBN

9781321840360

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