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Alexander Bianchi, Childhood Education
Faculty Mentor: Professor Sherri Weber, Elementary Education, Literacy, and Educational Leadership
Since making landfall in September 2017, the effects of Hurricane María have been felt across Puerto Rico. This study analyzes the long-term implications that have been experienced by schools, and what changes have risen as a result. Results showed that positive school leadership in combination with adaptive teaching practices allowed some schools to overcome the hardships they faced. At the same time, the emotional turmoil and loss of resources suggest that full recovery will be an ongoing process. From an educational perspective, this study emphasizes the need to foster resilience in schools, and support trauma-sensitive environments.
Bianchi, Alexander, "The Effects of Hurricane María on Education in Puerto Rico" (2020). Education. 22nd Annual Student Research and Creativity Conference. SUNY Buffalo State.