Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1991

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Larry Wald

Second Committee Member

Jack L. McPherson

Third Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson


The purpose of this study was to develop a handbook detailing four important components of the intervention specialist's program at Meadows Elementary School in the North Thurston School District, Lacey, Washington. The development of a handbook was useful due to the fact that since 1988, three different individuals had served as the intervention specialist. Such rapid turnover caused disruptions m services to Meadows students, especially those who were at-risk. The four components were Meadows' Hosts and Hostesses, Intramurals, Conflict Managers and Meadows' Helpers. Each program utilized students interacting positively with other students as a means to improve the whole school climate. The process followed in each program's development was first to assess the needs of the students. Then, relevant literature was reviewed to discover successful programs in operation or promising directions in which to proceed. Next, each program had to be coordinated with all parts of the school community. Training student volunteers was part of this coordination and each program's goals required that specific skills be mastered. Finally, paperwork supporting the implementation of each program was assembled. Several evaluation forms were created to measure each program's success. The result of the study was a handbook titled, "A Handbook for the Intervention Specialist at Meadows Elementary School: Four Program Components."