Date of Award

Fall 12-11-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership (Ed.D)


Educational Leadership

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Keneisha Harrington

Committee Chair

Dr. Tamela Thomas

Second Committee Member

Dr. Nicolas Clegorne


Over the past decade, teacher leadership has become a critical component of igniting and sustaining local school improvement. Yet, the effectiveness of this distributed leadership model hinges on teacher leaders' ability to effectively influence the practices of their colleagues. The foundation of this influence, just as with students, is developing meaningful relationships. Since the clarity of roles and responsibilities of teacher leaders is not only murky, but also varies from school to school, teacher leadership can be perceived as an added layer of hierarchy or supervision which could hamper the relationship building process. The purpose of this study is to determine how teacher leaders perceive the role of building peer relationships has on their efforts to influence the instructional practices of their colleagues as well as the methods used by these leaders to manage peer relationships. In addition, the conclusions drawn from this investigation will determine if the challenges of constructing and maintaining peer to peer connections warrants specific training on relational skills for teacher leaders.