Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Monterey Bay Charter School is a Waldorf K-8 school in Monterey, California that focuses on the restorative justice approach to discipline. Post-pandemic, student misconduct has increased 56% with 87% of schools nationwide reporting student behavior worsening (NCES, 2022). In one first-grade classroom at Monterey Bay Charter, a project was implemented to improve classroom behavior among a caseload of 5 students. The program consisted of students individually leaving class to participate in weekly emotional intelligence and coping mechanism workshops. At the end of the project, it was reported that 67% of participants improved their behavior, while 33% remained the same. The emotional and coping workshop initiative should be continued with young students as it is an effective way to improve classroom behavior.