Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2004

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Gary Shelly

Second Committee Member

Jack L. McPherson

Third Committee Member

Steven W. Nourse


This project examined preventative and proactive behavior models and strategies that effect positive school climate and minimized misbehavior. The review of current research found that schools were more successful in reducing or eliminating violent behavior when a positive school-wide behavior program was developed with input from staff, students, community and parents and was frequently monitored and assessed over time. Included is a High School (9-12) Behavior Manual that focused on teaching good behavior and expectations and support for students using an in-school suspension model for students that need remediation. The overall purpose of this guide was to assist teachers and staff with the task of student discipline and school policies designed with that in mind.