The Capstone project is the culminating research project for the M.Ed. program. This exit requirement asks Teacher Leader Candidates to synthesize their graduate school knowledge with classroom experiences. The Capstone research project begins after completion of the core Teacher Leadership courses and is completed with the guidance and mentoring of a Capstone Project Committee. This committee is composed of a TMC faculty advisor, a school-site mentor, and a content area advisor. The Teacher Leader Candidate will design, implement, and analyze an action-research project to meet a real-world need in their classroom, school, or district. This praxis--the merging of theory and practice in real life-- provides the Teacher Leader Candidate with the skills necessary to lead educational change in the 21st century. This final project represents the Teacher Leader Candidate's end result of substantial research and original thinking.