Date of Award


Degree Name

Curriculum and Instruction


College of Education

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Edna Meisel

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Campbell

Third Advisor

Marc Ellison

Fourth Advisor

Robert Rubenstein


The purpose of this study was to explore the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for the 19 schools participating in the West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) PBIS Project. Specific attention was given to which critical elements are more or less likely to be put in place during the first year of implementation, and which variables related to the process and the schools seem to positively and negatively influence implementation. Schools showed a positive trend of implementation and based upon the literature this should have a positive impact on the students and staff at these schools. There was no significant difference found in implementation based on the demographics of school type, socioeconomic status (Title 1 Designation), or school size. Overall, that findings of the study support to continuation of the project and inform improvements that should be considered in future planning


Behavior modification -- West Virginia.

Special Education Programs (U.S.). Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports.