Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Susan O'Connor


All students should have the ability to be in a safe environment in which they are given every opportunity to learn. Creating an environment where all students can have success is an important topic for most administrators and educators. There is a great amount of money spent on programs to identify and work with challenging behaviors. One of these programs is Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a fairly nevv disciptine model that is starting to be used in schools. The purpose of this thesis is to look at the effectiveness of a program like PBIS. The study found that if the PBIS is done effectively in schools, it can have apositive impact on student outcomes. That impact can be shown in better attendance, higher test scores, and less behaviors throughout the school year. PBIS can also have a positive impact on the staff that works under this model. The study found that teachers who work in an effectively run PBIS setting spend less time with discipline referrals, have continued access to professional development, and are able to use data to help drive instruction where it is needed.


SC 11.MAE.2015.Schwartz.BC

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