First Advisor

Deborah S. Peterson

Term of Graduation

Winter 2022

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership: Administration


Educational Leadership and Policy




Education -- Research, School improvement programs, Employee motivation, Educational change, Educational leadership



Physical Description

1 online resource (vii, 135 pages)


Improving employee engagement has proven elusive in too many schools and districts in our nation, persistently contributing to high staff turnover in buildings and limited employee ownership in the mission, vision, and values of a school's strategic plan. The most common approach to the improvement of educational systems has been the adoption of top-down reforms and short-lived improvement programs. In recent years, an Improvement Science approach, which originated in the medical and business worlds, has made its way onto the education scene. The impact of Improvement Science in education is a developing area in educational research. This dissertation includes four papers that are closely related to the use of Improvement Science to improve schools; an introduction that shares how traditional models of improving schools have failed to improve our schools; background on Improvement Science; and a concluding chapter.


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