This collection features dissertations from doctoral students at the William & Mary School of Education.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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A Community of Practice for School Leaders: Its Impact on their Perceptions of Collaborative Practice, Levels of Trust, Self-Awareness, and Self-Efficacy, Richard Michael Smith

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An Action Research Study: Inclusive Culture Formation in a New High School, David Wayne Parrish

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An Evaluation of an Online High School Summer Credit Recovery Program to Maintain Virginia On-Time Graduation, Melissa Luanne Bentley

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An Evaluation of Evidenced-Based Practice in a Separate Day School for Students with Emotional Disabilities, Sara Pritchard-Mitchell

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An Evaluation of Teacher Perceptions of the Effectiveness of the Professional Development Provided through a School-Based Mental Health Program, Nyah Donnielle Hamlett

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A Phenomenological Study of Student Engagement in an Urban K-8 School, David Joseph Gesualdi

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A Program Evaluation of Gameday the DIII Way, Erin Beth Wojtkun

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A Program Evaluation of Middle School Science Teachers’ Perceptions and Instructional Practices with the Next Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices, Antoinette Marie Glenn

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A Program Evaluation of Student and Teacher Perceptions of an Online Edgenuity High School Course Program in an Urban High School, Titinesha Llewellyn

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A Study of Teacher and Administrator Perceptions of the Impact of Feedback on Teacher Instructional Practices in Reading, Tiffany LaShawn Chatman

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Being Myself in School: A Phenomenological Investigation of Historically Underrepresented High Ability Middle School Students, Melanie Joy Lichtenstein

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Connecting Access and Efficiency: Community College Course-Taking Patterns That Predict Vertical Transfer, LaVerne Wingate Ellerbe

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Engaging Teachers to Improve Administrator Support in an Urban Middle School: an Action Research Study, Barbara R. Kimzey

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Examining Persistence: the Influence of Joining of Pan-Hellenic Black Greek Letter Organizations on African-American Male Students Attending Predominantly White Institutions, Charles R. Smith, Jr.

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Leaders of Graduate Education at U.S. Doctoral Universities: Their Perceptions and Experiences Leading the Graduate Schools, Yi Hao

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Making a Case for using Effective Reading Programs: A Program Evaluation of Wilson Fundations, Charles Garrett Chalfant

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Student Interactions, Connectedness, and Retention in an Online MBA Program: An Exploratory Study, Karen G. Conner

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Teaching Along the Way: an Ethnographic Study of Faculty Growth and Sensemaking on the Camino De Santiago, Benjamin Boone

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The Impact of Undergraduate Student Involvement in Creating Engaged Alumni, Katherine Elizabeth Winstead Reichner

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The Influence of Family Functioning on Social Competence, Social Support, and Mental Health Among College Students, Sean Newhart

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The Influences on K-2 Teachers' Approaches Towards Assessment and Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Leah K. Shy

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Unfolding the Logic of a 21St Century Learning Center: Program Evaluation, Monica Rene Manns

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When a Man Loves a Woman: The Lived Experiences of Male Sober Partners in Romantic Relationships with Women Who Struggle with Addiction, Katharine Rose Sperandio

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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A Case Study of the Dynamics of Trust in a Reconstituted Urban Middle School, LaMarr Moses

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An exploratory study of leadership, literacy assessments and acceleration for closing the reading achievement gap by third grade, Laura Frances Estes

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A Phenomenological Investigation of the Lived Experiences of Female African American Undergraduate Stem Students at an Elite Predominantly White Institution, Reginald O. Johns

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Applicable Outcomes: A Program Evaluation of the Investigations Math Program, Sean Marco Hamer

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A Program Evaluation of an After-School Reading Intervention Program in a Small Urban Elementary School, Erin Kershner

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A Program Evaluation of A Technology Based Formative Assessment for Algebra Readiness, Cassandra Harris

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A Program Evaluation of the Behavioral Intervention Component of the Virginia Tiered Systems of Support in Three Middle Schools, Anna Weigel Thomas

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A Program Evaluation of the One-To-One Chromebook Initiative in a Rural School District in Virginia, Juvenal Enrique Abrego-Meneses

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A State-Level Superintendent Evaluation Policy Analysis, Tracey L. Schneider

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Critical and Creative Thinking in General Education: A Descriptive Case Study, Nicholas Richard Marsella

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Distinguished, Endowed, and Underrepresented: A Phenomenological Exploration of Talent Development among Expert Black Scholars in Education, Keisha Baylor

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Education Reform as Moral Disengagement: the Racist Subtext of the State Takeover of Little Rock School District, Davis Clement

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Exploring Kindergarten Teachers' Self-Perceptions of Writing Instruction: An Appreciative Phenomenological Approach, Elizabeth Auguste

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Factors that Contribute to and Mediate Master’S Level Counseling Students’ Interest in Working with Older Adults, Nathaniel Jacob Wagner

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Factors that Contribute to Motivation and Burnout among Teachers of Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Adam Joseph Brown

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First -Generation Hindu Indian-American Undergraduates’ Grief After Death of Grandparent(S) in India, Ramya Avadhanam

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Knowledge and Experiences with Dropout Prevention Strategies of Virginia Secondary Administrators, School Counselors, and Graduation Coaches, Cathy Bacote

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Knowledge, Perceptions, and Beliefs of Elementary Principals Regarding Whole-Grade Acceleration for Gifted Students, Allison A. Sheppard

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Posttraumatic Growth of Young Adults Who Experienced A Parental Death during Adolescence: An Eriksonian Developmental Perspective, Victor Tuazon

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Principal Support and Academic Optimism in Urban High Schools, Todd Edward Perelli

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Project Based Learning to Promote 21St Century Skills: An Action Research Study, Jason Michael Allison

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Promoting Student Success: A Program Evaluation of A Ninth Grade Transition Program, Micah Lonae Smith

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Rural Students’ Experiences at Selective Four-Year Colleges: Pathways to Persistence and Success, Amy Sikes

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Salud Mental: The Conceptualization and Experiences of Mental Health among Undocumented Mexican Immigrants, Edith Gonzalez

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Teacher Perceptions of the Implementation Processes of the Imagine Learning Program in Title I Elementary Schools, Brigitt Angelica McGuinness

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The Actions Institutional Agents Take to Support First-Generation Latino College Students at A Catholic Hispanic-Serving Institution: An Embedded Case Study, Diana Marie Hernández

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The Duality of Dual Enrollment: How The Relationship between Student Demographics, Academic Metrics, and College Enrollment Adds Up, Tiffany Noel Ferrari

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The Magnificent Seven: a Narrative Analysis of Suppressed Discourses in Psychiatric Diagnoses, Clayton Vance Martin

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The Serving Supervisor: Supervisor Servant Leadership as a Protective Factor for Counseling Residents’ Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress, Colleen Grunhaus

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The Transitional Generation: Faculty Sensemaking of Higher Education Reform in Ecuador, Mary Amanda Johnson

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Addressing Underrepresentation in Gifted Education: A Historical Case Study of Policy and Practice in One School District, Darlene Wiggins Dockery

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A Delphi Study Regarding How, Can, and Should Individual Psychology Demonstrate Efficacy and Effectiveness Given Evidence Based Practice Evaluation Standards, Sterling Price Travis

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A Multiple Case Study of Co-Teachers’ Technology Integration Knowledge: How It Is Held, Built, and Shared, Deborah A. Grosser

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An Embedded Case Study of the Implementation of A School Division’S Benchmark Assessment System, Chelsea Ireland Kulp

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An Evaluation of A Non-Traditional Program for High School Students, Anne H. Neve

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An Evaluation of Southeast School District's Special Education Program's Compliance, Jennifer Anne Tingley

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An Evaluation of the Vccs Developmental Math Redesign from A Faculty Perspective, Michael Frank Adkins

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A Phenomenological Investigation of Selected Teachers’ Informal and Incidental Technology-Related Learning, Diana Lee Theisinger

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Applying The Broaden-and-Build Theory to offender Counseling, Keosha Meka-Beyanka Branch

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A Program Evaluation: Fidelity of Implementation of the Wilson Reading System in A Mid-Atlantic School District, Amy H. Stamm

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Emotional Intelligence, Environment, and Teacher Self-Efficacy: A Look into the Effects of Teacher Emotional Intelligence and Socioeconomic Status of School on Teacher Self-Efficacy in K-12 Public Schools, Augustine Kang

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Evaluating Programming, Performance, and Perspectives in Pursuing Progress for English Language Learners, Patricia Marie Tilghman

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Examining Formal and Enacted Curricula for Culturally Responsive Strategies Regarding the Needs of Black Female Students: A Qualitative Content Analysis, Marquita Sherie Hockaday

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Institutional Analytics: A Response to the Pressures of Academic Capitalism, Molly E. O'Keefe

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Investigating Professional Development Models that Assist Teachers in Developing High Quality Teaching Skills: An Action Research Study, Lindsey Wood Caccavale

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Making Meaning of Motherhood: A Phenomenological Investigation of Mothers Raised By Grandparents, Rebecca L. Sheffield

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Novice Educator Perceptions of the Influences of A New Teacher Mentoring Program in A Hard to Staff School, Jennifer Lee Vaughan

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Opportunities in the Lived Experiences of Successful High-Ability International Doctoral Students at a Selective U.S. Higher Education Institution, Nataliya Dudnytska

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Psychological Capital: An Internal Resource for Counseling Students Coping with Academic and Clinical Stress, Abbas Javaheri

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Relationship between College Student Identity Development and Readiness for Change, Pamela Jo Kayanan

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Standing at The Crossroads: The Intersection of Sexual, Racial/ethnic, and Spiritual/religious Identities in African American Men Who have Sex with Men, Brian Allen Kooyman

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Teacher Perceptions of Teacher Performance Pay and Performance Evaluation in Yunnan Province, China, Yi Hua

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Teacher Perspectives of Whole Brain Teaching in A Suburban Middle School: A Program Evaluation, Wendy VanHosen

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Teacher Self-Efficacy and Implicit Theories of Intelligence: Implications for Novice Teacher Retention, Linda E. Feldstein

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The Impact of Professional Development on Reading Achievement and Teacher Efficacy in Delivering Small Group Reading Instruction, Sarah McGrady Schmidt

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The Implementation of A Principal Mentoring Program and the Corresponding Impact on Leadership Practice, Paula Massey Huffman

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The Influence of a theory based U.S. History curriculum on Student Content Knowledge, Student Historical Interpretation Skills, and Student Self Efficacy for Historical Inquiry, Sherry Joiner Harrell

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Toward Culturally Responsive Online Pedagogy: Practices of Selected Secondary Online Teachers, April Lawrence

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Toward Efficacy: Examining The Reported Impact of Quality Enhancement Plans on Student Learning in Postsecondary Contexts, Madeline Joy Smith

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Understanding the Lived Experiences of Low-Income Pell Grant Undergraduate Students at a Most Competitive College, Michael Harold Postma

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Validation of an Instrument for Assessing Conceptual Change with Respect to The Theory of Evolution By Secondary Biology Students, Kevin David Goff

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Virginia Principals' Knowledge of Classroom Assessment and Support of Assessment for Learning Practices, Rachel Previs Ball

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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A Comparative Case Study of the Role of the School District in Influencing School Improvement: Supporting and Turning Around Low-Performing Schools, Christopher J. Kelly

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An Investigation of School Counselor Understanding and Response to Help Seeking among Second Generation Asian American Students in the Us Public School System, Sharon Chung

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A Phenomenological Investigation of Women's Learning Experiences in Counselor Education, Lindsay Pennell Meyers

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A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experiences of High School Counselors involved in Determining Serious and Foreseeable Harm in Cases of Student Substance Abuse, Kathryn Goss Atanasov

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A Study of the Degree to Which School Districts in Virginia Include Legal or Illegal Inquiries on Employment Application Forms for Teachers, Rodney Jamel Brown

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Beyond The Campus Tour: College Choice and the Campus Visit, Justine Rebecca Okerson

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Chronic Sorrow in Family Members of Addicts: An Investigation of Partners of Addicts and Divorcees to Explore Chronic Sorrow as a Theoretical Understanding of the Experiences of Family Members of Addicts, Victoria Grace McLaughlin

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College Athletes’ Reflective Judgment: A Moderator between Sport and Sociocultural Pressures, Body Ideal Internalization, and Body Dissatisfaction, Catie A. Greene

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College, Interrupted: A Case Study of the Mental Health Leave Process, Rachel L. McDonald-Schneider

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Community of Practice: Evaluation of A Collaboration Program in An Educational Setting, Denise Citarelli Jones

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Comprehensive Internationalization: Examining The What, Why, and How at Community Colleges, Debra-Ann C. Butler

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Developing Global Competency Skills in Grades 9-12: Implications for School Leadership, Bettina Staudt

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Different Faces in Our Classrooms: Teachers' Cultural Perspectives of Heterogeneous School Environments, Paige Hendricks

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Emerging from Resistance: The Origins of the Virginia Technical College System, Richard Allen Hodges

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Experience, Time, and Opportunity: An Exploratory Case Study Regarding The Artistic Journeys of Middle School Adolescents and their Perceptions of the Influence of Environmental Factors on The Development of their Visual Art Talent in Rural Montana Communities, Gayle B. Roege