Promoting Effective Teaching Methods by New Teachers: Good Behavior Game + My Teaching Partner

This randomized control trial conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia applied two proven behavior management approaches (PAX Good Behavior Game and My Teaching PartnerTM) to the training of new teachers in Kindergarten through grade 3. The goal was to help the teachers undertake their work with skills that can enable better classroom management and less intrusion on instructional goals. The intervention aimed to help support teachers’ motivation and their students’ behaviors and academic performance. Initial data collection is complete, and the project is now in a follow-up phase to examine the long-term effects of the intervention. 

You can learn more about PAX GBG at and MTP at

Associated Faculty

  • Project Team
    Headshot of Robert C. Pianta
    Robert C. Pianta Batten Bicentennial Professor of Early Childhood Education, Founding Director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
    Headshot of Jason T. Downer
    Jason T. Downer Professor of Education, Program Area Director, Clinical and School Psychology, Director, CASTL
    Headshot of Patrick H. Tolan
    Patrick H. Tolan Charles S. Robb Professor of Education, Director Emeritus, Youth-Nex | The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development
    Headshot of Catherine P. Bradshaw
    Catherine P. Bradshaw Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development