Date of Award

Fall 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education


Department of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Lisa A Coscia

Second Advisor

Dr. Janet L Deck

Third Advisor

Dr. Barbara ten Brink


This qualitative multi-site case study examined teachers’ perceptions of leadership support for their implementation of a learning management system (LMS) to facilitate blended learning in urban middle schools. Understanding teachers’ perceptions of leadership actions to encourage the implementation of new innovations will allow leaders to provide materials, resources, and support to effectively increase the incorporation of blended learning in classrooms. Qualitative data were collected through interview sessions with 10 middle school educators who taught at two dichotomous schools. The data was triangulated with artifacts and the research literature to provide an in-depth depiction of the perceptions and experiences of teachers who have used an LMS in classroom instruction. Findings showed that strong organizational infrastructures are needed for teachers to adopt an LMS for instruction. Additional findings included the need for ongoing and consistent coaching support for successful LMS implementation. The study also showed that teachers’ perceived administrators who incorporated the components of systems thinking as supportive instructional leaders. The case study findings revealed a need for additional research in the fields of systems thinking educational leadership, instructional coaching, and community responsiveness.