Implementation and acceptability of an adapted classroom check-up coaching model to promote culturally responsive classroom management

Elise Touris Pas, Kristine E. Larson, Wendy M. Reinke, Keith C. Herman, Catherine P. Bradshaw

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Literature suggests that improving teacher use of culturally responsive classroom management strategies may reduce the disproportionate number of racial and ethnic minority students who receive exclusionary discipline actions and are identified as needing special education, particularly for emotional and behavioral disorders. Coaching teachers is one way to support teachers’ development of such culturally responsive classroom management strategies; however, there is limited research on the implementation and teacher-perceived acceptability of coaching, both broadly and for this specific skill set. In this article, we focus on the adaptation of the Classroom Check-Up (CCU) coaching model for addressing culturally responsive classroom management strategies; we discuss issues related to the implementation dosage, fidelity, feasibility, and acceptability of the CCU model. Specifically, data from 146 coached teachers are included and summarize how coaches spent their time, the fidelity to the coaching model, and acceptability and feasibility of the CCU model. Findings indicated that the CCU required about 3 hours of active teacher participation. Coaches spent a substantial amount of time collecting data in the classroom as well as building relationships and trust within the schools to facilitate uptake. The results suggested that coaches implemented the model as intended and that the time required of teachers is relatively modest. Teachers provided positive feedback about four domains of the coaching, indicating the acceptability and feasibility of this adapted version of the CCU.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-492
Number of pages26
JournalEducation and Treatment of Children
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Adapted classroom check-up
  • Coaching
  • Disproportionality
  • Feasibility
  • Special education referrals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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