Publication Date

Spring 2018

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Doctor of Education



First Advisor

Marlon Cummings, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Rita Wojtylewski

Third Advisor

Dorothea Fitzgerald, Ed.D.


Worth School District 127 is located in the south suburbs of Chicago and maintains a K-8 student population of approximately 1,100. Sixty percent of Worth School District 127’s student population are considered to be of low socio-economic status (low SES) with the rate steadily increasing over the course of the last five years. Consequently, the growing number of students coming from low income backgrounds enrolled in Worth School District 127 has created a scenario where teacher exposure to the challenging academic, behavior, and social emotional scenarios that accompany the enrollment of this student demographic has increased. As a result, there has emerged a significant need to support District 127’s teachers in a manner where they develop the appropriate strategies necessary to face the unique challenges that come with meeting the needs of low SES students. Therefore, the following capstone served as a framework in the development of a district improvement plan comprised of goals that strive to provide the educational staff of District 127 with the support they need to effectively meet the academic and social-emotional needs of students from low socio-economic backgrounds.