Date of Award

Fall 10-10-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Learning Dissertations


Educational Leadership

Committee Chair

Dr. Chinasa Elue

First Committee Member

Dr. Megan Adams

Second Committee Member

Dr. Nicholas Clegorne


This research study offers an exploratory examination into the lived experiences of educational leaders managing the implementation and facilitation of Trauma-Skilled Schools (TSS) in the post-COVID-19 pandemic context. This study details the unique challenges and opportunities experienced while planning and executing TSS, aiming to equip school staff to better address trauma-affected behaviors. Utilizing case study methods, including in-depth interviews and document analysis, this research uncovers practices, strategies, and challenges, offering an insider's perspective on leading TSS initiatives. Findings indicate a necessity for comprehensive, job-embedded professional learning, continuous support from educational leadership, and organizational change in school policy, practice, and mindset, contributing to the growing body of literature on trauma-informed practices in education. The study features the pivotal role of educational leaders in effectively incorporating trauma-skilled interventions, illuminating the complexities involved, and offering guidance for future applications. This case study serves as an example of the potential of TSS in shaping resilient educational communities, thereby shaping the future trajectory of education in the face of global crises.