Education K-12 M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Grubidge, Amie

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser;


Students experience a variety of obstacles in and out of school. Interventions are necessary to consider for students at-risk or with disabilities to maintain engagement. Students who fail at the transition to high school are likely to be disengaged sooner and drop out. A lack of executive functioning skills directly impacts social-emotional development, relationships, and academic achievement. The research findings in this literature review provide guidance to teachers as they support at-risk youth gaining a positive self-concept, improving academic performance, building relationships, decreasing reactive behavior and supporting social-emotional growth. Future work in this area will help guide researchers in considering and developing academic interventions that have a powerful impact on the whole child.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis