Illustrating the Multiple Facets and Levels of Fidelity of Implementation to a Teacher Classroom Management Intervention

  • Wendy M. Reinke
  • Keith C. Herman
  • Melissa Stormont
  • Lori Newcomer
  • Kimberly David
Original Article


Many school-based interventions to promote student mental health rely on teachers as implementers. Thus, understanding the interplay between the multiple domains of fidelity to the intervention and intervention support systems such as coaching and teacher implementation of new skills is an important aspect of implementation science. This study describes a systematic process for assessing multiple domains of fidelity. Data from a larger efficacy trial of the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management (IY TCM) program are utilized. Data on fidelity to the IY TCM workshop training sessions and onsite weekly coaching indicate that workshop leaders and the IY TCM coach implemented the training and coaching model with adequate adherence. Further, workshop leaders’ ratings of engagement were associated with teacher implementation of specific praise, following training on this content. Lastly, the IY TCM coach differentiation of teacher exposure to coaching was evaluated and found to be associated with teacher implementation of classroom management practices and student disruptive behavior.


Fidelity School-based intervention Implementation Coaching 



The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Educational Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305A100342 to the first author. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wendy M. Reinke
    • 1
  • Keith C. Herman
    • 1
  • Melissa Stormont
    • 2
  • Lori Newcomer
    • 1
  • Kimberly David
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational, School, & Counseling PsychologyUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Special EducationUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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