Date of Award

Spring 2024

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership


Department of Educational Leadership

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Nicholas Clegorne

Second Advisor

Albert Jimenez

Third Advisor

Jeffery Robinson


In an ever-increasing world in which change, and diversity are commonplace, leaders are often faced with the unique challenge of building Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with unique skill sets. Building collaborative teams of educators is one way building leaders tackle this absolute task. The methods by which leaders construct teams vary widely and at times with limited direction. Teacher teams are then at the mercy of those who they are teamed with, and either reap positive rewards of collaboration, or negative discord. Teacher experiences shape the way PLCs function and how they engage with shared work with their teammates. Throughout this study, value is given to teacher perceptions of collaborative teams, the impact on teacher agency, and the impact of collaborative communities on teacher effectiveness.