Vaughn Denton Receives Doctoral Degree

Vaughn Denton Receives Doctoral Degree
Posted on 09/29/2017
Vaughn Denton Receives Doctoral DegreeCongratuations to our Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel and Community Services Vaughn Denton for completing his requirements for a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree.   On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, Dr. Denton received his doctorate from St. Johns University in Educational Administration and Supervision.

Academic coursework provided the framework for his culminating research and doctoral dissertation on the topic, Does Trust Really Matter? A Comparison of Urban Schools with High, Middle, and Low Graduation Rates.

The study compared urban schools in New York City with high, middle, and low graduation rates against the evidence of trust between principals and teachers, as measured by the New York City School Survey (2016).  The exploration of school demographics provided the characteristics of these schools as they worked to achieve success. The study explored the larger question of, “Does Trust Really Matter?”  

A few key findings include:

Schools with high levels of trust were far more likely to make improvements over time than those with low levels.

Trust alone did not solve the problems individual schools faced, but the absence of trust made school restructuring more difficult.  

An integral ingredient in any successful school is a leader who is trustworthy.

Mr. Denton has spent more than 13 years at Longwood where he served as an assistant principal for the Middle School and Coram Elementary School.  In 2012, he was appointed as principal of Coram Elementary School, and in July 2017 he was named Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel and Community Services.
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