Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Educational Leadership

Capstone Instructor

Doctor Brian Boothe

Second Reader

Doctor Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo


education, leadership, trauma-informed lens, restorative practices, professional development, implementation



This paper examined research on what is necessary for leaders to lead and create a school culture that supports students through a trauma-informed lens. This research looked for findings from multiple quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies which examined the importance of effective leadership, the necessity of professional development for educators, and the implementation of trauma-informed practices that will lead to student success. The research revealed specific factors that lead to beneficial leadership outcomes along with interconnectedness of purposeful and ongoing professional development and implementation of trauma-informed practice due to the fact that response to student behaviors is not intuitive. Further research is needed in longitudinal studies on the impact of trauma-informed professional development, comparative study on certain trauma-informed practice across different grade levels, the impact of community partnership in trauma-informed education, and cost- effectiveness of trauma-informed practices.

Keywords: culture, professional development, social-emotional learning, trauma- informed pedagogy