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Action Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Special Education

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Sister Gabrielle Kowalski, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Behavior disorders in children; Special education; Physical fitness--Psychological aspects


Special Education students are provided with various services and options once they are identified. Depending on the classification, assistance is provided in and out of the classroom, and at various levels of support. Unfortunately, in some cases, support can only come in the form of counseling, assistance, and intervention after the student has created a disturbance in the learning environment. Many strategies are geared towards the responding to the disturbance as opposed to a taking a preemptive stance. Specifically, students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD) have been the victims of this process. School systems and districts have reacted rather than teaching students productive strategies and insight into understanding their behaviors. But recently, programs and curriculum have been developed that are teaching students, in both general and special education, appropriate functional behavior. As an elementary school EBD teacher, I was looking for ideas, strategies and techniques that could be beneficial to my students. I decided to study a program that my district, Milwaukee Public Schools, chose to implement. Assessing its effectiveness would be a beneficial exercise for my class, school and district.


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