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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Dr. Antoinette Myers


Champions for Change Mentorship Program (CFCMP) was implemented to address the academic and social struggles of emotional behavior disorder (EBD) students. The problem was that although the passing of the California Assembly Bill 1729, called the Other Means of Correction law, had prompted a greater need for positive behavior intervention support at Tier 2 and Tier 3 levels, implementation of the CFCMP continued to generate serious concerns involving students with behavior issues. The conceptual framework for this study is Bandura's social learning theory which guided CFCMP to incorporate cognitive and observational learning to develop academically and socially sound students with EBD who can function appropriately in the educational setting. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the essence of the lived experiences of teachers in regard to the implementation of CFCMP as an effective behavioral strategy. The guiding research question explored the essence of the lived experience of elementary teachers who have implemented CFCMP. Using a qualitative phenomenological research design, data were gathered from face-to-face interviews and observations of 6 participants. Data analysis revealed 4 common themes including training, time management, communication, and lack of administrative support were used to identify commonalities and differences in the participants' lived experiences and perspectives on the needs of EBD students involved in CFCMP. Research findings showed a lack of organization of CFCMP and the need for intensive training for teachers. Positive social change will result from a 3-day professional development providing the study's findings and procedures teachers can use to assist EBD students in modifying behaviors to improve their educational achievement and that of their classmates.

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