Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Alison Rutter, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Kelli R. Paquette, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Douglas Lare, Ed.D.


The purpose of this study was to describe the perceptions of teachers, staff, and administrators of the effects of National Board certification on the climate of a school in a rural setting with a large number of National Board-certified teachers. Using Hoy and Tartar's (1997) concept of organizational health in elementary schools as a conceptual framework, this study undertook a qualitative case study approach to examine the relationship between organizational health and National Board certification. Participants completed the Organizational Health Inventory for Elementary schools (OHI-E), and the scores were compiled to produce a climate profile. The instrument yielded an overall average score indicating that the school enjoys a healthy climate. Two areas of the instrument focused on congenial relationships and scored in the very high range, while those areas examining collegial relationships scored in the low to very low ranges. Other data were collected from site observations, interviews, and focus groups. An inductive approach was taken in data analysis using a constant comparative method to develop coding categories of recurring concepts and identification of themes. A creative synthesis of the findings is offered through a richly descriptive case study analysis of teachers and the influence that National Board certification has had on the climate of the school. These data sources upheld the findings of the survey instrument in each of the five subtests. A crystallization concept of triangulating the data and the creative analytic practice criteria of substantive contribution framed the validity and authenticity of the study. Findings and conclusions from this case study analysis include the value of large numbers of Nationally Board-certified teachers in one school setting. Qualitative analysis revealed a positive congenial relationship between organizational health and National Board certification. The results showed that NBC had positive effects on climate in the areas of teacher affiliation and collegial leadership. Data also revealed no relationship between National Board certification and collegial and collaborative associations in the school. In the areas of institutional integrity, academic emphasis, and resource influence, the perceptions indicated unhealthy relations.