Date of Award



© Stephanie R. Sanschagrin

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Brianna Parsons

Second Advisor

Mary Colleen Patterson

Third Advisor

Paula Tseunis


An overarching problem that public school districts are facing is a lack of succession planning. Without a succession plan in place, districts are not prepared for the future when it comes to staff development. This lack of foresight and planning causes a ripple effect leading to insufficient leadership. A district-level leadership development program could lessen this burden by providing support for educators with exposure to leadership skills at a school or district level prior to earning an advanced degree. This researcher used a collective case study methodology to investigate a common experience across multiple perspectives. This study utilized demographic questionnaires, semi structured interviews, and physical artifacts with a three-stage analysis process of in vivo coding, constant comparative method, and cross-case analysis combined with a nonindexical analysis of the physical artifacts. The researcher’s goal was to examine a group of individuals who had participated in a district-level leadership development program within the past five years to gain a holistic view of the perspectives of educators who engaged in the leadership development program and how participants describe their leadership development experience. Furthermore, the researcher explored the perceived benefits the program had on their professional growth and development personally. The researcher found that the leadership development program brought together like-minded individuals searching to better themselves through fostering an environment of collaboration. The program supported a network of team building. The use of applicable features in the leadership development program gave the participants the ability to connect theory to real life. Furthermore, all participants of the interviews found that the program could be more supportive if the leadership development program differentiated more to meet the individual's needs and goals.

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