Date of Award

12-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Education, Leadership and Public Service

Program

Reading Specialist (BR)

First Advisor/Chairperson

Dr. Judith Puncochar

Abstract

Twelve administrators at Michigan Upper Peninsula (U.P.) high schools participated in 12 separate structured interviews to identify programs, services, and approaches to address trauma-related outcomes. Participants were three U.P. superintendents, eight principals, and one Intermediate School District (ISD) social worker who described a convergence of factors affecting assessment measures of programs, services, and approaches to address student trauma-related outcomes in U.P. high schools. The interviews addressed the identification of programs, services, and approaches to address trauma-related outcomes at U.P. high schools and the assessment measures in use to evaluate available programs, services, and approaches. A systems theory approach and understanding of trauma-informed schools were used to ground interpretation of the results. Data analysis was conducted utilizing mixed-methods. Key findings of the research clarified extent of use of program assessment methods to measure trauma-related program effectiveness and quality, identified goal outcomes of trauma-related programs, services, and approaches to include student attendance, wellness, and GPA, and determined perceived extent to which mission statements were inclusive to address student trauma-related programs, services, and approaches in U.P. high schools.

A product of the research included a compilation of programs, services, and approaches in use at U.P. high schools to address trauma-related outcomes in students (see Appendix A).

Access Type

Open Access

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