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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

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Degree Name

Special Education: M.S.


Special Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Bradley Kaffar

Second Advisor

J. Michael Pickle

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

Keywords and Subject Headings

PBIS Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports elementary EBD Emotional Behavioral Disorder


The use of behavioral interventions based on the tenets of positive reinforcement is a foundational element of educational programs for students with disabilities in general and for students with emotional and behavioral disorders in particular. This review will examine Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) that school districts implement. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and related terms will be defined both operationally and theoretically. In addition, the historical antecedents of how PBIS will be examined. Current models of PBIS will be investigated. The best practices associated with initiating and maintaining PBIS will be reviewed. Although school-wide PBIS programs are used with students who have disabilities and with their peers who do not have disabilities, the review will be completed with a specific focus on students who exhibit emotional and behavior disorders.



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