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Date of Award

Summer 7-20-2023

Author Requested Restriction

Restrict to UW for 5 years - then make Open Access

Work Type

Dissertation in Practice

Degree Name

Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Christopher Knaus, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Dawn Hardison-Stevens, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Alexandria Riedeman, MA.E.


This research evaluated Eastside School District’s curriculum adoption process and made recommendations on how to proactively include antiracist and anti-White supremacist curriculums and supports. This study took place during the 22-23 school year. This qualitative study used Freire’s Social Justice Theory, the permanence of racism, and abstraction to guide methods. A qualitative study was chosen because it allowed for a series of interviews and an in-depth examination of educators' understanding of the curriculum adoption process and their expertise in building an antiracist curriculum. Ten middle school teachers in the Eastside School District were interviewed about their experiences in curriculum adoption and how to improve the process. This study recommended that Eastside School District change the timeline, identify more diverse curriculums to employ in schools, provide continual training for teachers in anti-racist and multicultural teaching strategies, and continual training for community members and staff in how to be partners in the decision-making process.