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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Megan Tschannen-Moran


Jade County Public Schools has provided school-based therapeutic day treatment in its public schools for more than 10 years. This program was adopted by the school system to provide an intervention in the school and classroom to address the challenging behaviors of students with emotional and behavioral disorders.;Currently, three human services agencies provide school-based therapeutic day treatment services to students in Jade County Public Schools with the goals of increasing academic achievement, increasing school attendance, reducing undesirable behaviors and increasing desirable behaviors. Until now, there has not been a formal evaluation of the program to determine if improvements were needed to meet the established goals to meet the challenges of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, as intended.;This formative program evaluation of Jade County Public Schools' School-Based Therapeutic Day Treatment program (DTX) was designed to provide school administrators, staff, parents, students and the agencies providing the school-based program with evidence-based information on the merit, worth, and value of the school-based mental health intervention and to identify areas of improvement needed to increase academic and behavioral outcomes for students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) at Jade County Public Schools.;The methods utilized to conduct this evaluation sought to determine to what extent participation in the school-based day treatment program decreased behavior referrals, number of days of suspension, and number of suspensions and increased attendance and grade point averages for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Also, participants' perceptions and lived experiences pertaining to the benefits, challenges or concerns, and aspirations for the program if it were to operate at its highest potential were explored. The results from analyzing quantitative and qualitative data collected to answer the five questions are addressed in this program evaluation.



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