Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Kay A. Keiser

Second Advisor

Dr. Peter J. Smith

Third Advisor

Dr. Jeanne L. Surface

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Rebecca J. Pasco


The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not a district-led, grow-your-own leadership seminar had a significant impact on the dispositions of its members compared to staff members who did not participate in the program. The participants involved (N = 20) included a naturally formed group of certified staff members (n = 10) who attended and completed a nine-month, district-led, grow-your-own leadership seminar and a demographically-matched, randomly selected group of certified staff members (n = 10) who did not attend or complete the leadership seminar. The dependent variable used in this study was the Administrator Disposition Index (ADI), a 36-item, five-point Likert survey aligned with the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards. The survey consists of a 17-item student-centered subscale and a 19-item community-centered subscale. The findings of this study indicate that the implementation of a district-led leadership program had a statistically significant impact on the ADI community subscale and the ADI composite score of those who participated in the leadership seminar.


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 2013 Michael J. Rupprecht.

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