Date Approved


Embargo Period


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Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Capasso, Ronald


Elementary schools; School discipline


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of the study was to develop a behavior management program that addressed ways to eliminate infractions that interfered with the students' learning process. This addition to the curriculum did not eliminate the district's discipline policy but instilled in the student body an awareness of social expectations. It was hoped that the awareness gave students the opportunity to acquire the behaviors that were socially acceptable in school and in society.

The new program engaged the total educational family of staff, students, parents, and administrators. It was built on structure and harmony, allowing for flexibility of classroom instruction. The program, Skillstreaming, acquainted all students to social skills that encouraged them to choose other methods to gain control of their actions. The students were introduced to skills that enabled them to become socially accepted by their peers and teachers. Ownership was what drove the curriculum to full acceptance by school staff. It was the total acceptance that affected discipline wholly. The goal of this behavior management program was to make all discipline more proactive than reactive. With two years remaining on the implementation of this program, results will dictate the school's acceptance, based upon the records documenting success for future use.