The purpose of BEST in CLASS – Web is to develop a web-based professional development program designed to increase teachers’ use of effective instructional practices to address young children in their classrooms who engage in chronic challenging behavior. Built on the original BEST in CLASS intervention model, the goal of BEST in CLASS – Web is to increase the accessibility, flexibility, usability, and scalability of the BEST in CLASS (Behavioral, Emotional, and Social Training: Competent Learners Achieving School Success) intervention by developing a web-based version that can be used efficiently and effectively by early childhood teachers working with young children identified at risk for emotional/behavioral disorders. Initially funded by an IES Goal 2 development grant (Co-PIs Conroy & Sutherland), and subsequently funded by an IES Goal 3 efficacy grant (Co-PIs Conroy & Sutherland), BEST in CLASS is a tier 2 intervention targeting young children at risk for developing EBD in early childhood classrooms. The BEST in CLASS intervention was designed to be delivered on-site (i.e., face-to-face) through training and coaching in early childhood classrooms. BEST in CLASS-Web includes seven instructional modules that can be completed independently by teachers in classrooms. In addition, a web-based coaching component occurs weekly with teachers. The BEST in CLASS – Web program is currently being developed. In Year 2, feasibility tests will be conducted and in Year 3 a randomized controlled trial will compare the web-based BEST in CLASS to the original BEST in CLASS.
BEST in CLASS-Web. Institute for Education Sciences/National Center for Special Education Research (IES Grant R324A160158)
Investigators: Conroy, Sutherland, Feil