Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Harrington Gibson

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Minor

Third Advisor

Jason Stegemoller


My dissertation focused on student safety and the adults’ role of identifying, intervening, addressing, and reducing the incidences of bullying and cyberbullying. The first part presents a process that began with adults in a high school district completing a survey to respond to their perceptions of bullying and cyberbullying, who should address it, who is responsible, and who could stop it. The data were used by the district for their climate committee to begin communication between the administrators and deans of the three schools in the district.



The program evaluation examined student safety and how it related to student performance. A requisite for student safety exists first and foremost in the minds of parents who send their children to school, and the administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals who provide instruction and supervision to students as they arrive and leave school. Likewise, the need exists for students to be safe when traveling to and from school under the watchful eyes of community members who are trusted, interactive and involved with the school. Effective student safety solutions work best when all adults who impact students work together. Bullying and/or cyberbullying impact individuals in every race, age group, gender, in school, and away from school.