Date Approved

4-20-2005

Embargo Period

4-14-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kern, Robert

Subject(s)

Parkville Elementary School (Westville, N.J.); Education, Elementary--New Jersey; Teachers--Training of

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

Schools Attuned, the professional development program, was developed to provide educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of all students. Schools Attuned, based on 30 years of work by Dr. Mel Levine, had offered new methods for recognizing, understanding, and managing students with differences in learning. Parkview Elementary School in Westville, New Jersey adopted the Schools Attuned program in order to fulfill the expectations that have been prescribed by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. This qualitative study was dependent on the population of 33 educators' perceptions about the Schools Attuned program, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the professional development program. Through the distribution of a questionnaire, an in-service evaluation, and conducting an open-forum discussion group with a sample of the population that represented the teaching faculty, the study also defined effective strategies that should accompany the implementation of school-wide initiatives.

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