Spring 4-28-2024

ESRP 9000 Professor

Dr. Linda Gaughan

ESRP 9001 Professor

Dr. Linda Gaughan

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was designed to provide the Empowerment Education Center (a pseudonym), a school for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, with a research-based action plan to address stakeholder engagement and support needed for students and adults who have experienced trauma. At the heart of the project is the pledge to analyze the challenges facing educators and service providers at the school to ascertain the most congruous solution to provide a framework for improved engagement. Following a considerable investigation of the organization’s internal and external factors, the most critical need is to address the poor engagement levels of educators, students, families, and the community.

To deal with this issue, trauma-informed practices was chosen from four alternative solutions following an in-depth review of the literature to assess the impact of each possible alternative. Increasing educators’ pedagogical knowledge and implementing trauma-informed practices had the highest total attractiveness score when evaluated for its attractiveness against internal and external factors.

An action plan was created detailing action stops necessary to effectively implement the selected solution. The action steps include (a) communicate commitment, (b) allocate resources, (c) educate stakeholders, (d) create a trauma informed work group, and (e) assess stakeholder readiness. The literature reviewed for this strategic research project presented a strong foundation for supporting the implementation of trauma informed practices to increase the engagement of all school stakeholders.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education


Special Education