Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Donna Petterson

Second Advisor

Christine Peper

Third Advisor

Courtney Fisk


This leadership application project set out to increase the consistency, accuracy, and compliance of FBAs (Functional Behavioral Assessments) and BIPs (Behavior Intervention Plans) in one school district. Prior to streamlining the process, the district had upwards of 10 different forms that teachers were utilizing. By referencing studies and research conducted by the state of Wisconsin (Cooperative Educational Service Agency l2), Zirkel (2011) and other researchers, present forms were evaluated by set criteria to determine compliance to best practices. The result was adopting a traditional form that encompasses all necessary components of a FBA and BIP, the creation of a more brief FBA, an instructional session for all vested teachers during a district wide in-service meeting, and an info-graphic flow-chart for new teachers. All which leads to a more consistent, accurate and compliant FBA and BIP process.


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