Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy ETDs


Pedro Vallejo

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The purpose of my study was to examine how a site reform leader implements the Native Star questionnaire at a school for American Indian students and how he describes and experiences school reform efforts at a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) school in New Mexico. This was accomplished through a qualitative review of how the site reform leader reports using the Native Star as well as interviews of the individual responsible for the overall reform efforts at the site. Constructivism served as the theoretical grounding by which the case study was conducted to allow for the participant to describe his experiences and to give their own meaning to the data. To further this approach, I used an American Indian Paradigm as the cultural research platform to allow a focused opportunity for the tribal school official to present a voice on his experiences with Native Star and site reform efforts.


American Indian, American Indian Paradigm, Educational Reform, School Leadership, New Mexico

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Educational Leadership

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Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy

First Advisor

Chavez, Alicia

First Committee Member (Chair)

Minthorn, Robin

Second Committee Member

Werito, Vincent

Third Committee Member

Foster, Harold