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 strategies 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 and coaches meet weekly to develop an action plan for how to increase and enhance their use of the BEST in CLASS practices in their classroom. The coach and teacher brainstorm ideas for implementing the practices with the focal children and the coach provides modeling and other support to help the teacher implement the practices. Next, the coach observes the teacher’s implementation of the strategies during a regularly scheduled instructional activity and collects performance-based data on the teacher’s use of the strategies and the focal children’s behaviors. Following the observation, the coach and the teacher meet to review the performance-based data and to plan next steps. The coach also helps the teacher plan strategies for communicating with the focal children’s caregivers about use of these strategies in their home.