This participative action research case study focused on public school safety and the development of an intervention improvement plan. Public-school systems across the country have been the subject of extreme scrutiny. One key area of concern is for the safety of students and staff in and around school buildings. This research focused on the school administrators' perceptions of school safety in and around their structures and to identify where gaps exist, which could prevent or minimize potential violence. Included within the dynamics of the research was a review of the district's current emergency crisis plan and an analysis of its contents based on today's trends. The research method used for this qualitative case study was participatory action research (PAR). The sampling population for this study included twelve administrators who are principals, assistant principals, counselors, and the district superintendent. The research data gathered from this sampling population will dictate the blueprint the district will follow to develop a plan sufficient for the safety of students and staff. Additional data gathered consisted of reviewing the district's current strategy and policies in comparison to other similarly situated school districts. Research-based questions provided the roadmap for collecting data. The developed research questions, interviews, review of school documents, and the literature review proved to be valid for exploring the processes administrators were using to address issues of school safety. These questions also uncovered the need for additional professional development around safety preparedness, updated emergency crisis plan, and collaboration amongst administrators and teachers to ensure proper execution.
|Commitee:||Clowes, Meena, Genao, Soribel|
|Department:||School of Public Service Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||New public management, School safety, Transformational Leadership|
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