Date Awarded


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Margaret Constantino

Committee Member

Steven Staples

Committee Member

James Stronge


There are profound implications for students who suffer from mental illness, have unmet social emotional needs, and those who are being taught by ill-prepared teachers with little self-confidence in their ability to adequately address student needs. Teachers spend a significant amount of time with students who experience social and emotional challenges which requires relevant high quality professional development to learn how to recognize possible student mental health issues and to collaborate with internal and external partners to address these issues. This study employed Stufflebeam’s Context, Input, Process, and Product (CIPP) Program Evaluation model to determine the context, input, process, and product of a social emotional support services (SESS) program. A mixed methods design was used to conduct the evaluation to determine the value, worth, and merit of the program for educators and school districts who understand that a narrow focus on academic achievement is no longer adequate for all students to succeed in and out of school. In order to determine the value of the program, participating teachers were asked to respond to survey evaluation questions through the use of the Teachers’ Sense of Self Efficacy Scale (TSES). The TSES (Appendix A) is a reliable and valid instrument that is designed to determine what creates the most difficulty for teachers in the areas of student engagement, instructional practices and classroom management. Additionally, teachers were asked to respond to questions that provided information regarding their teaching demographics (i.e., years of experience, level of instruction, etc.), implementation of learned skills, and unique success stories and challenges they have faced. Data analysis was conducted to identify differences between respondent demographics and actual survey questions. Although significant gaps were not revealed, relevant findings and recommendations were able to be made.




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