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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Educational Administration and Leadership, K-12: Ed.D.


Educational Administration and Higher Education


School of Education

First Advisor

John Eller

Second Advisor

David Lund

Third Advisor

James Johnson

Fourth Advisor

Plamen Miltenoff

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

PBIS, SWPBIS, perceptions, high school teachers, implementation


The purpose of this study was to examine Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area high school teachers’ perceptions regarding the implementation of the SWPBIS program to manage student behavior successfully in schools (grades 9-12). The results of the study showed that teachers believed factors of successful SWPBIS implementation defined by Horner et al., McKevitt and Braaksma were present in their schools. The majority of teachers (73.6%) positively rated the successful implementation of the SWPBIS program in their schools. The findings of the study also revealed five important factors teachers believed contribute to successful implementation of SWPBIS and five barriers preventing SWPBIS implementation.

The findings of the study contribute to existing research on SWPBIS implementation in high schools. The study concludes with recommendations to high school administrators, SWPBIS leadership teams and staff for improving and sustaining the program in high schools.



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