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Morning Meeting: Practices to Reduce Referrals and Build Community

Dana Marie Martin, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Schools are stretched to capacity with student’s needs and educators are looking for strategies that are easy to implement, that will give them the largest dividends for their investment, and with little to no investment of funds or time. Whole school daily Morning Meeting is a strategy that can be implemented into a school which will meet all of these criteria. The purpose of the study was to determine if Morning Meetings have an effect on community building, the reduction of school behavior referrals, and the consistency of the messages shared with both staff and students. The literature review focused on building the background knowledge for the concepts of School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, community building, Morning Meeting, and the Improvement Model. The mixed methods research study focused on four central questions. How was it determined that your school would implement Morning Meeting? Describe the format you use for Morning Meeting. Describe the benefits your school has attributed to Morning Meeting. In what ways does Morning Meeting contribute to a positive sense of community? The study was conducted through interviews. The participants were Nebraska elementary school principals who conducted daily whole school Morning Meetings. Research analysis of the study showed critical components that should be included in a Morning Meeting format. Other data collected supported the findings that whole school daily Morning Meeting built a stronger community, reduced referrals, and helped with the consistency of the message for the school. Recommendations based on the findings include further research based on repeating the study with more participants, looking at the effectiveness of other forms of Morning Meetings, comparing the different forms of Morning Meetings, and conducting interviews with both staff and students to gain their perceptions of the effectiveness of Morning Meeting. Whole school daily Morning Meeting provides a strong strategy for schools to build community, reduce referrals, and increase the consistency of messages across a school.

Subject Area

Educational administration|Educational psychology|Education Policy|Educational sociology

Recommended Citation

Martin, Dana Marie, "Morning Meeting: Practices to Reduce Referrals and Build Community" (2019). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI27668563.