Date of Award

5-1-2007

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Education

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Moses Norman

Second Advisor

Dr. Trevor Turner

Third Advisor

Dr. Noran Moffett

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of urban elementary school leaders regarding the impact that community/business school partnerships have upon selected correlates of effective schools thereby helping to close the achievement gap between learners within an urban school district and learners across the state. Ten urban elementary Success For All schools were studied as they responded to the 12 correlates of effective schools. The methodology used within this study was a mixed method of quantitative analysis and qualitative interview instrument for analysis. The quantitative survey instrument that consisted of 82 items was used to obtain data for Pearson Correlation analysis. The qualitative instrument used for data collection was the Principal Interview. This study offers a number of recommendations regarding how to establish, implement, and maintain community business partnerships that link and support school goals, strengthen families, invigorate community support, and thereby increase student achievement. In a time of rising academic expectations and limited resources, comprehensive school reforms and community/business partnerships that are aligned with the school achievement plan will effect the academic and social success of all students. Correlates of Effective Schools offer a framework for school improvement and student achievement. Educators will be encouraged as they identify and implement effective practices and guidelines that create effective classrooms and ultimately create effective schools through a shared vision with school leadership teams and community business partnerships.

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