Portland State University. Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership: Administration
Educational Leadership and Policy
Teacher effectiveness, Educational equalization, African American children -- Education, Reading (Elementary)
1 online resource (xi, 134 pages)
Racist laws and subsequent educational policies and practices have resulted in schools in the United States failing to teach Black students reading. Historically, a racial achievement gap in elementary reading has existed throughout the history of the United States and has persisted to current times. As the population of students of color increases in the United States, we must investigate how teachers create equitable educational outcomes for students who have been historically underserved and oppressed by our education system. Teachers who are successful in ensuring our Black students have the opportunity to experience success in reading are actively disrupting the inequity that exists in our education system and society. We must adaptively grow in our ability to better serve the students who are perpetually left behind by our education system and close the persistent racial achievement gaps that exist throughout our nation. This multi-site qualitative study investigated the experiences of primary grade teachers who successfully teach reading to Black students. This study used semi-structured interviews to investigate the primary research question: What are the experiences of teachers successfully teaching reading to Black students? Related research questions are as follows: (a) What is the role of a district's equity policy in the experiences of teachers successfully teaching reading to Black students? (b) What is the role of principal leadership behavior in the experiences of teachers successfully teaching reading to Black students? (c) What is the role of professional development in the experiences of teachers successfully teaching reading to Black students? The study concludes with recommendations for further investigation and practice in the field.
© 2020 Kevin Michael Walker
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Walker, Kevin Michael, "The Experiences of Teachers Successfully Teaching Reading to Black Students" (2020). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5603.