Term of Award

Fall 2023

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


College of Education

Committee Chair

Elisa Cain

Committee Member 1

Jennifer Perry

Committee Member 2

Meca Williams-Johnson


Schools across the country are finding various means to address the social realities that often exist in high poverty schools. School climate is one of those social realities. While there is research related to school climate in high poverty schools, there are limited case studies related to this subject. This qualitative case study examined how one elementary school was transformed by creating a positive school climate between 2016-2022. This study also explored the impact that the pandemic and subsequent school lockdown had on the newly established school climate. Findings from this study indicated that PF Elementary School established a positive school climate that resulted in transformational change, including a sense of community and collaboration, increased accountability and teachers’ feelings of success as well as improved student achievement and attendance. Discussion and implications of the findings suggest practical recommendations for schools and districts to implement changes.

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