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Journal of K-12 Educational Research 3 Dallas Baptist University is proud to present the sixth issue of the Journal of K-12 Educational Research. The articles in this issue are presented by a selection of recent graduates of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership K-12, a practitioner’s degree which highlights skills needed to lead districts in North Texas and beyond. Each article is a summary of the data gathered for their individual research projects, and each provides answers to questions of local interest. Our students search for immediate and site-based solutions that could be easily transferrable to issues that are wide and far-reaching. As a Christian university, DBU is pleased to have students explore issues of our faith and how the integration of faith and learning is central to our mission statement. Dr. Chad Nichols used a grounded theory approach to define Cultural Integrity a term that applies to all levels of education. Dr. Karla Hagan used the Q Sharon Lee, PhD AWORD FROM THE EDITOR Journal of K-12 Educational Research 2022, VOL. 6, ISSUE 1 methodology to explore how to teach spiritual formation to children with a research-based instructional program. Dr. Andrea Chevalier explored how to lead and serve teachers from a variety of generations. In this issue, you will also find articles that explore issues surrounding technology integration and digital learning. Dr. Steffany Batik studied how to stay true to the mission of innovative school models while Dr. Ashley Parks explored issues with the second digital divide. In the present climate of rising teacher attrition, we present two studies about why teachers stay. Dr. Kim Coppens developed a survey for secondary teachers about their perceived needs and attitudes about staying. Dr. Chelsea Kostyniak interviewed effective teachers who choose to stay in underserved and hard to staff schools. Both studies have great ideas for districts who are striving to retain quality teachers in their schools. Several articles introduce school-based supports for teachers and students. Dr. Lauren Bolack analyzed the PBIS program in a large district and Dr. Sarah Thornton Balarin presents successful leadership for instructional coaching. Dr. Julie Leslie presents data from a student mentoring program that supports student success in their post-secondary world. Finally, we hear a Superintendent perspective of how to build support networks during difficult times such as the COVID-19 pandemic from Dr. Mickie Jackson. Continued on the following page.