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Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2023

Author Requested Restriction

Restrict to UW for 2 years - then make Open Access

Work Type

Dissertation in Practice

Degree Name

Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD)


Educational Leadership



First Advisor

M. Billye Sankofa Waters, Ph.D., Chair

Second Advisor

Matthew Weinstein, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Alicia M. Nosworthy, Ed.D.


School districts often utilize professional development to enhance teacher skills, with a particular emphasis on equity and social justice. This research delves into the perspectives of elementary school educators who participated in small-group residency professional development centered on equity. Through the voices of ten elementary school teachers, we gain insight into their overall experiences with professional growth, experience with the residency model, utilization of lesson study techniques, as well as challenges and successes they faced during the professional development process.