This quantitative study investigated a cross population of active Elementary Leaders (Kindergarten-8th grade) of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Center, a non-profit international educational organization. This dissertation's primary purpose was to explore the phenomenon of AVID Leadership as it related to individual's perspectives of their leadership traits. After attending skills-based sessions designed to enhance transformational leadership mindsets and transformational change skillsets, participants were invited to engage in an online survey. This survey contained both the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) and researcher developed demographic questions. The study explored the similarities, differences, and impact of exposure to AVID Professional Learning, the relationship to participants credential preparation programs, education levels of individual participants and their perspectives on their leadership style. Prior elementary focused education and prior experience were significant independent variables in this study. Participant perspectives of AVID Elementary Professional Learning were significantly influential on individual leadership styles. The participants ranked high on subscales on the MLQ that align with transformational leadership. The findings and trends suggest a relationship between professional learning and transformational leadership warranting further study.

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Dissertations (EdD) -- Organizational leadership; Advancement Via Individual Determination (Program); Educational leadership; Transformational leadership; Education, Elementary -- United States

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Harvey, Andrew