Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Morgridge College of Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Erin Anderson, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Kristina Hesbol, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Lisa Kensler, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Kristopher Kuzera, Ph.D.

Fifth Advisor

Thomas LaVanchy, Ph.D.

Sixth Advisor

Keith Miller, Ph.D.


Educational hazard mitigation, Educational leadership, GIS, Geographic information systems, Hazus, Hurricanes, Schools, School safety


School leaders play a key role in the critical functions of emergency response in a school system, including purposefully sustaining safe, secure, and healthy learning environments for all students before and after a disaster. Despite these values, school leaders remain underprepared and often unaware of the vulnerabilities associated with weather, climate, and other disaster events and the potential threat that climate change poses to both student achievement and access to education. This study presents school-leaders with a landscape-scale geospatial vulnerability assessment of school districts exposed to, or threatened by, hurricanes in order to improve mitigation efforts in schools. In this study, the researcher utilized Hazus, a nationally recognized, standardized, and integrated multi-hazard loss estimation methodology, run within a full-featured Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology platform. Hazus was used to estimate the number of school districts containing high densities of damaged schools after hurricane event scenarios. Schools were identified and mapped based on loss of use days as quantified by a function of the damage caused by wind produced by a specified hurricane scenario, a school's susceptibility to climate change based on location, and proximity to sources of impairment. As a result of this work, a new term was conceptualized: Disaster Learning Loss (DLL). The quantifiable rate of Disaster Learning Loss will provide a tool that school leaders can use to understand dimensions and determinants of school vulnerability to hazards while considering the potential academic impact that climate change will have on student achievement.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Rights Holder

Kaleen Daneil Weiland


Received from ProQuest

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File Size

253 p.


Educational leadership