Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


Students in all areas of the world have experienced trauma that has impacted both their educational and social development; this epidemic has become clear over the last 20 years. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study recognized seven negative exposures that were believed to have a detrimental effect on health and wellbeing later in life. After more research, the list of known traumatic experiences has grown to include other negative impactors like parental divorce, bullying at school, or abuse. In reality, any experience that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope and adapt properly can be considered traumatic. Thankfully, there are now many strategies that educational professionals can implement to begin to improve the academic and social outcomes for those who experience trauma. Whether it be finding off-site or introducing on-site programs for these students, engaging all students in a school-wide curriculum, making changes in the environment of the school, or adjusting educator’s instructional approaches, there are numerous opportunities to positively impact the students and help them as they navigate a path towards normal development, in spite of the trauma they face.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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