Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.D. in Education


Leadership and Counselor Education

First Advisor

Jill Cabrera

Second Advisor

Douglas R. Davis

Third Advisor

Susan McClelland

Relational Format



This applied research study seeks to transform student behavior at a failing middle school. The need to improve behavior in order to improve academic achievement became evident after desegregating data and listening to community and staff members voice concerns. Using three intervention strategies, group counseling, teaching classroom management training, and pro-social activities, the program sought to decrease the number of discipline referrals written for a targeted group of students and students school-wide. Surveys, discipline data, and observations were used in the study. The findings reveal behavior can be improved when teacher efficacy is enriched, positive activities are provided, social-emotional learning is taught, and relationships are built.



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