Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Tamara Cornwell

Second Advisor

Dr. Jenifer Neal

Third Advisor

Dr. Carla Sparks


An Evaluation of the Trauma-Informed Approach Implemented at a Title I Elementary School assesses the merits of the implementation of an intervention to support the social emotional ability and stability of students within elementary schools; called the Trauma Informed Approach. Many children attending elementary schools bring diverse and complex experiences to the classroom setting. Students with multiple adverse childhood experiences attend the educational system. Many students have a more difficult time concentrating and succeeding due to anxiety and lack of physiological needs being met. These needs must be met to secure positive learning gains for these students.

For data gathering tools, I surveyed teachers and school counselors and conducted interviews with teachers, administrators, and school counselors, as well as observed teachers. The results of the study indicated that many staff members request additional training on trauma-informed practices, support for implementation, and time to plan and practice. During my Change Leadership Plan study, I found that there was a necessary need to improve the training protocol, support systems, and time management resources. In reviewing my data results, I found a need for a policy amendment for mandatory training for teachers through state level inclusion of trauma-informed competencies in recertification requirement criteria. I further contend in my policy amendment that district and school leadership support trauma-informed competencies by monitoring and coaching teachers during teacher implementation of trauma-informed practices currently included in the allocated funds dedicated to training.