Date of Award

Summer 8-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Julie Ankrum, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Deanna Laverick, D.Ed.

Third Advisor

Daniel Wissinger, Ph.D.


The purpose of this case study was to examine the leadership team of one successful school district to identify the characteristics, vision, and practice of the team. The study examined specific situations that the members of the administrative team identified as significant in their growth. Specifically, the study identified the perceptions and beliefs about the district that were held by individuals within the administrative team itself as well as various teacher leaders. The research focused on individuals who served as members of the district leadership team and the impact they believed they had on the district.

The sample school district is a medium-sized school located in a third-class city in southwestern Pennsylvania. This city covers fifty-one square miles and includes urban, rural, and suburban settings. The sample leadership team consisted of former and current administrators as well as former and current teacher leaders. The total sample was ten individuals.

Interviews were conducted and data were analyzed using a coding procedure. Analysis of this data showed that several characteristics were utilized by the Superintendent and the leadership team which resulted in a transformational change and the perceived success of the district. These characteristics included building relationships; shifting the vision of the district; working collaboratively with administrators as well as teacher leaders; and emphasizing life-long learning, growth, and passion.