EdD Alumni Profile: Italo Rossi

My dissertation research helped me better understand English learners’ perspectives on what contributed to their motivation so that I could in turn help my teacher colleagues support student success. The EdD program helped shape me into an educational leader. The EdD program gave me the experience, knowledge, and resources to grow professionally.

Dissertation: The Perspectives of High School Latino English Language Learners on Academic Achievement

I am a teacher and department chair in the Antioch Unified School District. I received my EdD in 2020 and my MA in Teaching Leadership, in 2012, both from Saint Mary's College of California.

After completing my MA in Teaching Leadership (MATL) at SMC KSOE, I was determined to continue my education even further and complete my EdD degree. The MATL program at SMC gave me the tools, resources and encouragement as an educational leader to continue my professional growth.

My dissertation research investigated the perspectives of high school Latinx English learners on Academic Achievement. This study explored what accounts for their persistence to stay on track to meet the requirements for high school graduation from the student’s perspective. I interviewed 21 students, both former and current English learners to better understand what contributed to their motivation so that I could in turn help my teacher colleagues support student success. It was important to me to elevate students’ voices through my research.

This program helped shape me into an educational leader. The EdD program gave me the experience, knowledge, and resources to grow professionally.