Date of Award

Spring 3-31-2023

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership (Ed.D)

Department

Educational Leadership

Committee Chair

Dr. Miyoshi Juergensen

First Committee Member

Dr. Tamela Thomas

Second Committee Member

Dr. Jabari Cain

Abstract

This study aims to uncover teacher perceptions toward at-promise learners while teaching online in an alternative school. A qualitative case study methodology was utilized and this research framed using Critical Race Theory and Gloria Ladson-Billings’s (2009) Matrix of Behaviors Toward Academically At-risk Students. Eight participants were selected to participate in this study, and data collected using semi-structured one-on-one interviews, classroom observations, and a collection of document artifacts. Data was transcribed and analyzed using ATLAS.ti, and open coding performed to generate themes. The implications of this research could lead to the creation of new educational reform policies that can be tailored to this specific population of learners, instead of the one-size-fits-all “reform” deemed ineffective with underserved students. This research will raise awareness on the systemic barriers that struggling students face, encourage equity-centered dispositions among stakeholders at an alternative school site, sustain culturally responsive teacher leaders, and foster multicultural learning environments for students identified as at-promise.

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