Universal teacher classroom management practices

Program basics

  • Involve comprehensive training for K-12 teachers designed to teach prosocial behaviors in order to reduce or prevent inappropriate or aggressive student behavior
  • Teachers and faculty groups are trained in classroom organization, lesson planning, classroom rules and routines, encouraging student accountability and reinforcing positive behavior

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)

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Proven (highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the National Institute of Justice


Target population

All school-aged children

Program cost

Not available

Implementation locations

  • Not available
  • Nationwide

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Lowered inappropriate and aggressive behavior

Keys to successful implementation

  • Design the classroom space to minimize potential distractions, and create clear rules and routines around the use of classroom activities.
  • Removing students from classrooms for bad behavior creates a negative feedback loop, in which the student is rewarded by escaping a task they don’t want to confront. Train teachers to resolve problem behavior before it requires removal.
  • Provide robust teacher training in the classroom management techniques, using concrete real-classroom examples alongside theoretical frameworks.
  • Use repeat teacher evaluations to identify teachers who need additional classroom management training.

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