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One School, One Family: Portland High School Climate In The Age Of Trump, Naomi Abrams Hawkes Jan 2018

One School, One Family: Portland High School Climate In The Age Of Trump, Naomi Abrams Hawkes

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The 2016 U.S. presidential election led to one of the most contentious seasons in American politics. Citing the inflammatory rhetoric of public figures, a growing body of literature documents a dramatic increase in bias-­‐related bullying and feelings of anxiety in K-12 schools across the country since the 2016 election. Using student and faculty interviews/focus groups, secondary data analysis, and direct observations, this case study offers a comprehensive examination of the effects of the substance and tone of the current sociopolitical climate on students at Portland High School. Data was analyzed and suggestions made for administration to help ...