Graduation Semester and Year

Spring 2024



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Ericka Roland, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Joel Leader, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Holly Hungerford-Kresser, Ph.D.


Since the 20th century, instructional coaching has influenced curricular and pedagogical practices that impact student achievement in K-12 schools; however, the existing literature provides minimal evidence of their experiences in curriculum leadership development. To fill the research gap, this study explores instructional coaches’ perceptions of their professional learning related to curriculum development and leadership. The research questions included (1) How do ICs perceive professional learning opportunities for curriculum leadership? and (2) How do instructional coaches describe the development of their curriculum coaching knowledge and practices? Upon applying the conceptual framework, which included the Saylor et al. (1981) curriculum development model and the Buysse et al. (2009) professional development model, three findings emerged: learning curriculum leadership in fragments, learning curriculum leadership outside the district, and learning within a community. By highlighting ICs’ experiences in curriculum leadership development, this study advances the scholarship on K-12 educational practices in professional learning while providing policy recommendations for improvements.


curriculum leadership, instructional coaching, professional learning, curriculum leadership development, IC, coach, school leader, training, professional development, coach PD


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Leadership | Teacher Education and Professional Development


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Thank you to my committee, Dr. Ericka Roland, Dr. Joel Leader, and Dr. Holly Hungerford-Kresser, for supporting the creation and defense of this dissertation.



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