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Dissertations

Past Defense Announcements for 2018

Year:
Candidate Name: Kenyatta Starks
Program: EDD in Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: A Policy Advocating for Turnaround Reform to Improve Failing Schools: Policy Advocacy Document (Part 3 of a 3 Part Dissertation)

Abstract: Date: January 5, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campus: North Shore
Room#: 426

Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Minor
Committee Member(s): Dr. Tina Nolan
Dean's Rep: Dr. James Fitzpatrick
Candidate Name: Kimberly Harper-Young
Program: EDD in Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: Differentiating the Principal Evaluation System: Policy Advocacy Document (Part 3 of a 3 Part Dissertation)

Abstract: Date: January 5, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Campus: North Shore

Chair: Dr, Elizabeth Minor
Committee Member(s): Dr. Don Angelaccio
Dean's Rep: Dr. Sandra Stringer
Candidate Name: Jeffrey Alstadt
Program: EDD in Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Systems to Support Administrators Plan (Part 2 of a 3 Part Dissertation)

Abstract: Date: January 11, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Campus: Lisle

Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Minor
Committee Member(s): Dr. Harrington Gibson
Dean's Rep: Dr. Gloria McDaniel-Hall
Candidate Name: Markisha Mitchell
Program: Educational Leadership Doctoral Program
Dissertation Title: Across the United States in almost every city, every suburb and every rural area there is a gap between the achievement of Black and White students. The term ‘achievement gap’ has become an accepted label in situations where Black students severely underperform relative to their White counterparts. Many school districts have discretely avoided discussing and/or addressing the gap for decades. School District Z located in an urban suburb of a large Midwestern city is the focus of this research as they attempt to address the gap. District Z is approximately two-thirds students of color, yet the achievement gap between Black and White students is 37 and 41 percentage points in reading and math, respectively. District Z’s plan of attack is to require principals to track the attendance and academic achievement of all Black students as part of their evaluation. My previous research explored the effectiveness of tracking the attendance and academic growth of Black students on the achievement gap between Black and White students by examining standardized assessment data since the initiative was put in place. I found that in almost all cases the percentage of White students meeting and exceeding standards decreased slightly and the percentage of Black students meeting and exceeding standards either increased slightly or decreased as well. This document attempts to develop instructional delivery systems and policies that will promote reform, specifically as it relates to closing the Black -White achievement gap in District Z. To that end, I argue for a comprehensive policy implementation plan that includes the critical issues District Z is facing, their identified needs, the pros and cons of the plan, and assessment and accountability measures.

Abstract: Date: April 3, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Campus: Lisle
Room#: 317

Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Minor
Committee Member(s): Dr. Harrington Gibson
Dean's Rep: Dr. Gloria McDaniel-Hall
Candidate Name: Adelfio Garcia
Program: Teaching and Learning: Reading and Language Major
Dissertation Title: This study explored the bilingual linguistic interactions in Mexican families and the impact on children’s language and literacy development. This qualitative study gathered data using different methods: interviews, direct observations, participant observation, and physical artifacts to examine parent’s perceptions on their own educational path in comparison to their children’s educational path in an American school system; daily linguistic interactions in various social contexts; and the features, themes and roles of linguistic interactions participants. Study results assisted in gaining deeper understanding on daily conversations happening in different social contexts and their impact on the language and literacy of children of the participating families. Implications are provided to for researchers, classroom teachers, bilingual teachers, professional developers, and community agencies serving Latinx communities in the construction of curriculum, deepen the understanding of Latinx families, and Latinx families understanding of their own parenting.

Abstract: Date: April 9, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Campus: Chicago
Room#: 4016B

Chair: Dr. Sophie Degener
Committee Member(s): Dr. Ruth Quiroa; Dr. Terry Jo Smith
Dean's Rep: Dr. Donna Ogle
Candidate Name: Merryl Brownlow
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: This document explores how a change in the definition of the formal observation may improve the teacher evaluation system in the state of Illinois. Currently, the formal observation must be conducted in person as defined by administrative code. To increase the value and impact of the formal observation as a tool for reflection and professional growth, this paper advocates for a videotaped alternative as an option in addition to the current in-person model. The intent of including a videotaped option is to empower the teacher in the process and increase ownership for building skills as a reflective practitioner. The videotaped model also promotes a more collaborative context for the post observation conference that may lead to a more direct impact on improving teaching and learning. The state of New York (2017) has already implemented a videotaped observation model as an alternative in the teacher evaluation process and the premise of advocating for such a policy was recently the subject of a study at The Center for Educational Policy Research at Harvard (Kane, et al., 2015). This policy advocacy document discusses the context and conditions by which to operationalize a similar vision in the state of Illinois.

Abstract: Date: April 19, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Campus: Lisle
Room#: TBD

Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Minor
Committee Member(s): Dr. Gloria McDaniel-Hall
Dean's Rep: Dr. Harrington Gibson
Candidate Name: Jhoon Chung
Program: Educational Leadership Doctoral Program
Dissertation Title: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a First Year Mentoring Program in a Suburban Elementary School District: A Program Evaluation

Abstract: Date: April 24, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Campus: North Shore
Room#: Rm 634
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Chair: Dr. Vicki Gunther
Committee Member(s): Dr. Harrington Gibson
Dean's Rep: Dr. Sandra Stringer
Candidate Name: Pablo Ochoa
Program: Ed.D. Teaching and Learning/Reading Major
Dissertation Title: Mexican American Parents of Elementary Students and Literacy Engagement: A Case study of a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Parent Book Club Using Children's Literature

Abstract: Date: April 26, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Campus: Chicago
Room#: 5005
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Chair: Dr. Ruth E. Quiroa
Committee Member(s): Dr. Sophie Degener, Dr. Terry Jo Smith
Dean's Rep: Dr. Donna Ogle
Candidate Name: Steve Juracka
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING THROUGH PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES, MENTORSHIP, AND SHARED LEADERSHIP

Abstract: Date: June 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Campus: North Shore
Room#: 426

Chair: Dr. Kristin Lems
Committee Member(s): Dr. Jason Stegemoller
Dean's Rep: Dr. Harrington Gibson
Candidate Name: Kimberly Arakelian
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: Creating A Sustainable Organization Through the Development of a Strategic Plan

Abstract: Date: July 23, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Campus: North Shore
Room#: 426

Chair: Dr. Angela Elkordy
Committee Member(s): Dr. Carlos Azcoitia
Dean's Rep: Dr. James Fitzpatrick
Candidate Name: Chimille E. Dillard
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: An Examination of a Social and Emotional Learning Program and Implications for Diversity Development

Abstract: Date: July 27, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Campus: North Shore
Room#: 426

Chair: Dr. Sandra Stringer
Committee Member(s): Dr. Harrington Gibson
Dean's Rep: Dr. Kamau Rashid
Candidate Name: Kimberlee Wagner
Program: Ed.D. Teaching and Learning/Reading Major
Dissertation Title: Scaffolded Discourse in a Comprehensive Literacy Model

Abstract: Date: October 8, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Campus: Wheeling
Room#: 354
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Chair: Dr. Ruth E. Quiroa
Committee Member(s): Dr. Jan Perney, Dr. Mary Ann Poparad
Dean's Rep: Dr. Sophie Degener
Candidate Name: Scott Carlson
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: ALIGNMENT OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLANS WITH DISTRICT PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PLAN: A POLICY ADVOCACY DOCUMENT

Abstract: Date: November 9, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Campus: North Shore
Room#: 426

Chair: Dr. Harrington Gibson
Committee Member(s): Dr. Sandra Stringer
Dean's Rep: Dr. James Fitzpatrick
Candidate Name: Riley Noah
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: 23 ILLINOIS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE 50: REDEFINING THE FORMAL SCHOOL SITE OBSERVATION IN PRINCIPAL EVALUATION (A POLICY ADVOCACY DOCUMENT)

Abstract: Date: November 9, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Campus: North Shore
Room#: 426

Chair: Dr. Gloria McDaniel-Hall
Committee Member(s): Dr. Harrington Gibson
Dean's Rep: Dr. Sandra Stringer
Candidate Name: Joshua McMahon
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: Maintaining the Effectiveness of a Freshman Academy to Ensure Ninth Grade Student Success Policy and Advocacy Statement

Abstract: Date: December 5, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Campus: Lisle
Room#: 312

Chair: Dr. Linell Monson-Lasswell
Committee Member(s): Dr. Elizabeth Minor
Dean's Rep: Dr. Jack Denny
Candidate Name: Kathleen Gordon
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: A PROGRAM EVALUATION OF THE PARENT ACADEMY FOR ONE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Abstract: Date: December 5, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Campus: Tampa
Room#: Tampa Regional Center, NLU
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Chair: Dr. Carol A. Burg
Committee Member(s): Dr. James L. Schott
Dean's Rep: Dr. Dale Moxley
Candidate Name: Tashanda Brown-Cannon
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: AN EVALUATION OF AN I-READY MATH PROGRAM FOR 5TH GRADERS IN ONE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Abstract: Date: December 5, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Campus: Tampa
Room#: Tampa Regional Center, NLU
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Chair: Dr. Carol A. Burg
Committee Member(s): Dr. James L. Schott
Dean's Rep: Dr. Dale Moxley
Candidate Name: Tamara Baker-Drayton
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: AN EVALUATION OF THE NEW TEACHER MENTORING AND INDUCTION PROGRAM AT A TITLE ONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Abstract: Date: December 5, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Campus: Tampa
Room#: Tampa Regional Center, NLU
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Chair: Dr. Carol A. Burg
Committee Member(s): Dr. James L. Schott
Dean's Rep: Dr. Brenda K. Hardman
Candidate Name: Kim Rigby
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: AN EVALUATION OF A TITLE ONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES PROGRAM

Abstract: Date: December 8, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Campus: Tampa
Room#: Tampa Regional Center, NLU
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Chair: Dr. Carol A. Burg
Committee Member(s): Dr. Tamara K. Cornwell
Dean's Rep: Dr. Brenda K. Hardman
Candidate Name: Tiffany Scott
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: A PROGRAM EVALUATION OF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND STUDENT LEARNING

Abstract: Date: December 8, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Campus: Tampa
Room#: Tampa Regional Center, NLU
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Chair: Dr. Carol A. Burg
Committee Member(s): Dr. Dale Moxley
Dean's Rep: Dr. Susan Moxley
Candidate Name: Contobia Adams
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: AN EVALUATION OF AN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM IN A TITLE I ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Abstract: Date: December 8, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Campus: Tampa
Room#: Tampa Regional Center, NLU
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Chair: Dr. Carol A. Burg
Committee Member(s): Dr. Tamara K. Cornwell
Dean's Rep: Dr. Susan Moxley
Candidate Name: Chundra Evans
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES SUPPORTING TEACHER COLLABORATION AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: A PROGRAM EVALUATION

Abstract: Date: December 8, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Campus: Tampa
Room#: Tampa Regional Center, NLU
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Chair: Dr. Carol A. Burg
Committee Member(s): Dr. Brenda Hardman
Dean's Rep: Dr. Lois McKee
Candidate Name: Lisa Downey
Program: Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: Exploring the Development of Academic Writing with Multilingual College Students

Abstract: Date: December 14, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campus: North Shore
Room#: 479

Chair: Dr. Jason Stegemoller
Committee Member(s): Dr. Linell Monson-Lasswell
Dean's Rep: Dr. Sherri Bressman
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