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Assessing a School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Program for Structured Improvement

Dankosky, Mary (2019) Assessing a School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Program for Structured Improvement. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study looked to assess a School Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
(SWPBIS) program by using the Pennsylvania Department of education’s School Climate Survey
and the PBIS Self-Assessment Survey. SWPBIS programs are a school-wide preventions strategy
aimed at teaching and supporting behavioral expectations in order to decrease office discipline
referrals and suspensions and increase academic learning. The program to be evaluated was
implemented in an elementary school serving students in Kindergarten through the sixth grade and
had been present for 8 years prior to the study. Using the surveys available online allowed for the
assessment to look at parent and guardian perceptions as well as staff and student perceptions. The
program was to be assessed in order to identify programmatic needs and structure the
The surveys used showed marked progress in feelings of safety in and around the school
as well as an overall sense of caring and support for students. These themes were shared across
student, family, and staff surveys. In addition, the PBIS Self-Assessment reflected a program with
some basic structures in place, and others still needed. Of note is the need for the school to
delineate between office managed and classroom managed behavior, and create a sliding scale of
consequences for problem behavior. These improvements have been shared with the school
committee who continues to work on implementation fidelity.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dankosky, Marymwdankosky@gmail.commwd26
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKirk, Diane
Committee MemberLongo, R Gerard
Committee MemberSrsic, Amy
Committee MemberThomas, Ally Shay
Date: 30 July 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 3 April 2019
Approval Date: 30 July 2019
Submission Date: 18 July 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 96
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Education leadership
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2019 14:29
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2019 14:29


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