Fall 2020


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Trish Harvey

Content Expert

Andy Paulson


Research has demonstrated that the population of students diagnosed with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders (EBD) has not demonstrated noticeably improved long-term academic and social outcomes in at least the last 20 years. The research questions that are addressed in this capstone project are: What are the limitations of interventions-focused case studies in the practical increase of positive outcomes for students at risk for or diagnosed with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders at the secondary level? What are best practices in the classroom for students with EBD that compensate for these study limitations? The research begins with the establishment of the author’s interest and investment in the topic. The literature review establishes an overview of current research on neurological development and learning in children and then assesses these concepts through the lenses of trauma and EBD. After analyzing the impact of one illustrative EBD case study in a secondary setting, the literature review concludes with relevant and current research about the benefits of Social-Emotional Learning for the population of students diagnosed with, or at risk for diagnosis with, EBD. The author then discusses the teacher resource website that was created in response to this research. This project overview includes a discussion about the content of the website, which features useful SEL practices designed to support students with behavioral regulation issues, as well as the best practice aspects of effective website design. The author concludes this capstone by reflecting on what they learned through the process of researching the topics of neurology, EBD, and SEL, and by assessing how the author’s research and website artifact will impact and benefit the field of education by providing teachers with tools to help improve the long-term academic outcomes of students with EBD.

Project Type

Website Creation


Special Education, Emotional or Behavioral Disorders (EBD), Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Trauma








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