Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

School Name

Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education



Major Advisor

Dr. Grant Smith

Second Advisor

Dr. Kevin Thomas

Third Advisor

Dr. William Wells


The recruitment of new teachers to staff school vacancies has had a long history of difficulty in public schools across the United States. Strategies offered to improve teacher recruitment have often included intentionally and explicitly encouraging youth to consider pursuing a career in teaching through future teacher clubs. Educators Rising is a future teacher program, recognized by Kentucky as a Career and Technical Student Organization and supported by the Kentucky Department of Education. Despite its long history of promotion as a teacher recruitment strategy and the successes of other Career and Technical Education programs, Educators Rising remains highly underutilized across the commonwealth with only one out of three high schools participating in the program. This research used an implementation science framework to determine if working conditions are predictive of a school’s participation in Educators Rising. Data from the Impact Kentucky 2022 statewide school working conditions survey constructs of climate and leadership were extracted for 174 high schools included in the study sample and used for the analysis. Logistic regression, standard least squares regression, and discriminant analysis were used to explore the research questions of the study. The data did not produce statistically significant findings, leaving the hypotheses unsupported and further research recommended.