Date of Award

Spring 3-2009

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Terry Reid

Second Advisor

Dr. Brad Swofford

Third Advisor

Dr. Kevin Kopp

Abstract

The creation of this study came out of a need to increase achievement and support services for students living in poverty in the selected school district in Missouri. Due to the large amount of academic regression over the long summer break and the lack of consistent support services for students who live in poverty, a Balanced School Calendar (BSC) was investigated. The researchers conducted surveys and interviews to assess the level of support from parents, teachers, and administrators for a BSC school choice program as an option for implementation at a K-5 elementary school in the selected school district in Missouri. The findings of this study show that there is a significant difference in the perceptions of administrators and teachers about the concept of a BSC, especially in the areas of regression, discipline, support services, teacher stress, relationship building, and willingness to teach in a BSC school.

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