Along with the BEST in CLASS Teacher Workshop and the BEST in CLASS Teacher Manual, teachers receive 14 weeks of practice-based coaching (including performance feedback). Each teacher works collaboratively with a trained BEST in CLASS coach. The role of the coach is to provide technical assistance and support to the teachers in helping them enhance their use of the BEST in CLASS practices with identified focal children (i.e., children who have been identified as being “high risk” for developing emotional/behavioral disorders and who are participating in BEST in CLASS). Teachers participating in In BEST in CLASS can receive online coaching via ZoomTM (video conferencing) and the TORSHTM online platform or coaching in person.
Teachers and coaches meet weekly to develop an action plan for increasing and enhancing their use of the BEST in CLASS practices in their classroom. Following a focused observation, the coach and the teacher meet to review the teacher practice data, reflect on teacher practice, share performance feedback, discuss support strategies and to plan next steps. The coach also helps the teacher plan strategies for communicating with the focal children’s caregivers about using of these strategies in their home.