Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Nathan Elliot


Historically alternative settings are known for their punitive approaches to behaviors. In the early 2000s, alternative education and juvenile residential settings adopted and adapted a positive approach to behavior intervention called “Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions.” Throughout this research, common themes were found. The researcher asks, is it possible to reach a level of fidelity in alternative settings? The themes found are that it is difficult in these settings as there is such a high level of staff and student turnaround. It is important to involve students and staff in creating the layout of this Multi-Tiered approach as a way to catch their buy-in. It is also difficult to reach staff buy-in in both educational and residential settings. If school-wide interventions and supports (SW-PBIS) are implemented with consistency, it is possible that a level of success can be achieved.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis