Date of Award

Spring 3-26-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership (Ed.D)


Educational Leadership

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Sanjuana Rodriguez

Committee Chair

Dr. Megan Adams

Second Committee Member

Dr. Susan Stockdale


Response to Intervention (RTI) models are currently being implemented in many school districts across the country. At a time when interest in RTI is high, teachers’ experiences and the extent to which RTI is being implemented effectively in urban schools is largely unknown. There are less than 4,150 published academic studies on effectively implementing RTI in urban school settings. This research explores the phenomenon of implementing RTI using a theoretical lens of change management for elementary teachers in urban schools. The study contributes to the body of RTI knowledge by investigating the lived experiences of elementary school teachers who were involved in implementing RTI in an urban setting. The results of the study emphasize three themes that should be addressed during implementation: interventions, challenges, and training.