Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Overcoming Urban Challenges: A Successful Case Study
by Fajardo, Angela C., Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2017, 179; 10271215
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study examined organizational practices that narrow the achievement gap in outperforming non-traditional urban schools. The history on the efforts to address the achievement gap will be discussed, the impact of the achievement gap amongst diverse populations will be addressed, and solutions will be offered. The study looked at a high school completion rate, various test scores, and A-G completion to determine outperforming criteria. Data collection was conducted via surveys, staff interviews, document analysis, and classroom and campus observations. The data was triangulated to identify organizational practices that narrowed the achievement gap in outperforming non-traditional urban schools through the lens of instructional practices, leadership practices, and school culture.

The findings in the study were that the urban school studied can demonstrate high levels of student achievement and success through a systematic approach that encompasses specific actions that meet students’ needs. In this case study, seven tangible themes were found: college focus, opportunities for success, high expectations, shared leadership practices, personalized instruction, targeted instructional initiatives, and a deep sense of care for the students. These seven themes are viable options to consider for students in urban school settings. The themes encompass instructional, leadership, and cultural practices that are grounded in a growth model approach that address students’ needs and enhance learning opportunities for diverse learners in urban schools.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gothold, Stuart, Ott, Maria
Commitee: Hocevar, Dennis, Stowe, Kathy
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership
Keywords: College-career ready, High expectations, Non-traditional, Outperforming, Personalized instruction, Shared leadership
Publication Number: 10271215
ISBN: 9781658438117
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