Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Lawrence Schlack

Second Advisor

Dr. David Cowden

Third Advisor

Dr. Dale Brubaker


The purpose of this study is to expose administrators and teachers to an institutional system of leadership and youth management that emphasizes the positive: a system that is founded on consistency and based on solid research.

The program, known as the Intensive Learning Program (ILP), is presently used in the Calhoun County Juvenile Home in Marshall, Michigan. It was established as a result of a philosophy of developing community based treatment for juvenile offenders.

Through the use of portraiture the researcher presents a detailed description of the program and a description of the leadership style of the program's director. Also included are guidelines for developing and implementing the program in public schools. This study demonstrates how students can be successfully managed without stress and strain on the part of teachers and administrators.

Basic assumptions of the investigation are: (1) Administrators and teachers will be interested in the findings of this study because student management issues surface daily; (2) Teachers with a good understanding of youth management are more effective in the classroom. The staff training used in conjunction with the ILP will increase staff knowledge, assure program continuity and foster work-group cohesion; (3) The strategy of presenting teachers with knowledge of youth management not only makes their interactions more effective, but also promotes morale, develops consistency in program implementation, reduces burnout and tedium, and strengthens the total educational program; (4) Effectively managed students are higher achievers because reduced time spent on student management problems will result in more student and teacher time on task.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access