Date of Award

Spring 3-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Lynda Leavitt

Second Advisor

Dr. Kelly Mantz

Third Advisor

Ms. Cheri Thurman

Abstract

The focus of the study was to create and implement a district action plan for students identified with adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s). The research focused on an alternative school setting and students with social and emotional needs. The researcher determined areas of need based on the highest percentage of ACE identifiers. The action plan developed after the collection and analysis of data through an ACE’s questionnaire given to adult students enrolled in the school districts alternative program. Data included interviews conducted with the educational support counselors who worked with the students enrolled at the research site. The information from the study determined specific community resources and partnerships to provide additional prevention programs for those who experienced an adverse childhood experience and attended school within an alternative educational setting. The researcher developed and implemented specific partnership programs at the researched school and served as student resources for one school year. During the implementation phase, the researcher collected data using the researcher’s reflective journal during each phase of program implementation and field notes from seeking outside resources. Finally, a survey was given to student participants after the partnership implementation and gained student perceptions of the program. The findings from surveys indicated positive student perceptions of the partnerships, programs, and therapies implemented individuals identified with ACE’s. The researcher recommended an expansion of additional resources for further student growth and essential skills needed to be successful adults.

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