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BEST in CLASS-Web is a Tier 2 classroom-based intervention for young children at risk for social-emotional learning and behavioral delays. The intervention also supports children’s engagement in everyday learning activities. BEST in CLASS uses practice-based coaching (Snyder, Hemmeter, and Fox, 2015) to support teacher implementation of evidence-based practices aimed at improving teacher-child relationships, interactions and social-emotional learning.

Building on findings from a previous randomized controlled trial (RCT) of BEST in CLASS, the goal of BEST in CLASS–Web is to increase the usability and scalability of BEST in CLASS by developing a web-based version that can be used efficiently and effectively by early childhood teachers working with young children at risk for social-emotional and behavioral learning delays. Using an iterative development process, data were gathered from multiple sources (i.e., teachers, administrators and coaches) including feedback from focus groups, structured interviews, expert surveys and implementation measures to develop a web-based version of BEST in CLASS.

Following development and feasibility testing, a RCT was conducted comparing BEST in CLASS–Web to the in-person version of BEST in CLASS and a business as usual condition. A total of 25 teachers and 51 children participated in the study. Findings from the RCT indicate the web-based version of BEST in CLASS is a promising intervention when delivered by teachers in classroom settings during everyday learning activities for the prevention of challenging behaviors. Coaches and teachers were able to deliver the intervention with fidelity in both the web-based as well as in-person delivery of BEST in CLASS. Additionally, children’s social-emotional and behavioral learning skills improved in both conditions in comparison to BAU.

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