Dr. Sprague is a Professor of Special Education and Co-Director of the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior. In 2001, Dr. Sprague worked with the Oregon legislature to establish the Oregon Center for School Safety in 2002. He was a classroom teacher and a school behavioral consultant. Jeff was the Director of the Center for School and Community Integration at the Indiana University Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities before returning to Oregon to co-direct the IVDB.
He has directed federal, state and local research and demonstration projects related to whole school discipline, youth violence prevention, alternative education, juvenile delinquency prevention, school inclusion, school-to-work transition and employment, school systems change, and self advocacy. His research activities encompass applied behavior analysis, positive behavior supports, functional behavioral assessment, school safety and violence prevention, and juvenile delinquency.
Jeff is a contributor to "Early Warning, Timely Response," and the "1998, 1999, and 2000 President's Annual Reports on School Safety." Most recently, he has written a white paper on school safety for Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers' School Safety Coalition and a book on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design for school administrators. Jeff co-authored a book on school safety with Hill Walker, and a book on School Wide PBS with Annemieke Golly.