Recasting the Secondary School Classroom as a Context for Positive Youth Development

Can a program that provides regular feedback from a master teacher on the classroom performance of early-career, secondary school teachers change teachers’ interactions with students?

If so, can the improvements be maintained in the next year? The researchers will implement the My Teaching Partner (MTP) method, an intervention that encourages teachers to be better interpreters of youth behavior in order to create more positive interactions. Eighty teachers working in a Virginia school district will be divided into experimental and control groups (40 teachers in each). Both groups will participate in a professional development workshop. The experimental group will receive additional training in the form of the MTP training, which includes ongoing observation of teachers in the classroom and individualized feedback.

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