Date of Conferral



Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Marcia Griffiths-Prince


Using curriculum mapping to align the expected curriculum and the actual curriculum has been demonstrated as an effective approach for ensuring educational equity for all students. To improve student achievement, a private high school in the Midwest implemented curriculum mapping to better align curriculum and eliminate gaps and repetition between and within grade levels. The purpose of this qualitative study was to determine fundamental implementation strategies for the mapping process and teachers' and administrators' perceptions of those strategies. The theoretical framework was based on change theory. Data were collected from 10 participants through individual interviews and observations. Teachers and administrators were observed during their curricular mapping meeting time in order to record the strategies used, and each participant was interviewed in order to gather individual perceptions of the strategies used. Data were transcribed and then open coded based on repeating concepts. Thematic analysis indicated that administrators and teachers perceived a need for curriculum mapping training, using standards, collaboration time, and accountability. The outcome of the study was a professional development project for teachers incorporating curriculum mapping at the local site. Implications for positive social change include providing educational leaders with curricular alignment strategies to promote educational equity and the academic success of all students