Date of Award

Spring 4-23-2022




Doctor of Education

Degree Type

Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Leadership


Counseling, Foundations & Leadership

First Advisor

Robert Waller, EdD

Second Advisor

Dr. Adam Kilcrease, PhD

Third Advisor

Richard Rogers, EdD


The problem addressed by the study was to examine the effectiveness of the implementation of the Read 180 Universal reading intervention program for students who struggle with reading during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this case study was to describe teachers’ perceptions of the effectiveness of the implementation of the Read 180 program for elementary students in a grades 3-5 Georgia elementary school during the COVID-19 pandemic. A qualitative research paradigm has been used in the research described below.

A case study involved semi- structured interviews of 12 general ELA teachers in grades 3, 4, and 5. A thematic analysis ofqualitative data was performed, providing insight into participants’ perceptions centered around the implementation of Read 180 during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study provides insight into teachers' needs for material and professional development when implementing Read 180 in other school districts. The study supports the need for policy and procedure change on the state, district, and school level involving how online programs are implemented during times such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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