Effects of BEST in CLASS–Web on Teacher Outcomes: A Preliminary Investigation

Maureen A. Conroy, Kevin S. Sutherland, Kristen L. Granger, Katerina M. Marcoulides, Edward Feil, Jessica Wright, Mayra Ramos, Alexandra Montesion

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This study examined the effects of the BEST in CLASS intervention professional development component when delivered online in comparison with in person and a control group. A total of 29 early childhood teachers serving young children demonstrating challenging behaviors were included as participants. Data were collected on teachers’ classroom quality, self-efficacy, implementation of the BEST in CLASS practices, acceptability of the intervention, and costs of delivery. Positive outcomes on several dimensions of classroom quality were found for the BEST in CLASS–Web condition when compared with the BEST in CLASS and control conditions. Alternatively, teachers’ sense of self-efficacy was greater when BEST in CLASS was delivered in person when compared with teachers who received online delivery or those in the control condition. Finally, teachers in both treatment conditions increased their use of the practices in comparison with control teachers. Teachers in both treatment conditions rated BEST in CLASS with high levels of acceptability. Implications and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-150
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Early Intervention
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by a grant (R324A160158) from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences. The opinions expressed by the authors are not necessarily reflective of the position of or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education.

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© 2022 SAGE Publications.


  • early childhood
  • online professional development
  • practice-based coaching
  • social-emotional intervention


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