Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.D. in Education


Leadership and Counselor Education

First Advisor

Jill Cabrera

Second Advisor

Douglas Davis

Third Advisor

Michael Cormack

Relational Format



This applied research study seeks to help at-risk readers improve phonemic awareness in kindergarten at Mayberry Elementary by implementing the Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Model so the students can become successful readers. Using three elements in this study, professional development, teacher PLCs, and data talk meetings with peer teachers in kindergarten throughout the year, the researcher sought to build teacher capacity in the implementation of the Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Model to improve student achievement. Surveys, observations, focus groups, and interviews were used in the study. Additionally, the goal of this study aimed to improve the educator's capacity to address a problem of practice within the school which included-setting goals, developing a plan for improvement, implementing the plan, and evaluating for further improvement. The findings reveal improvement in helping at-risk readers in phonemic awareness so the students can become successful readers.



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