Summer 8-9-2016



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Amy Hewett-Olatunde

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Feride Erku

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Kathryn Swanson


There is a large amount of research available about how childhood trauma may affect the brain and education. However, there are few practical resources that teachers can take back to their classrooms. This capstone is the preliminary step in creating a toolkit for teachers to help them better serve traumatized students. A survey was administered to teachers of a variety of disciplines at the high school level. Responses indicated that teachers had a good deal of knowledge about how trauma might affect their students. They could also identify areas where traumatized students were struggling, both academically and socially. However, they seemed unsure of what to do with this information or how to apply it to their teaching. This overarching theme will greatly influence the contents of the toolkit. The toolkit will be available digitally shortly after this paper is published.

Research Methodology

Action Research, Grounded Theory, Survey


At-risk Students, ESL/ ELLs

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Education Commons