Middle School Class-wide Function-related Intervention Teams (MS CW-FIT): Improving Academic Engagement and Outcomes for Middle School Students
The purpose of this project is to develop the Middle School Class-wide Function-related Intervention Teams (MS CW-FIT), a multi-tiered, class-wide, positive behavioral group contingency intervention for improving middle school teachers' classroom management practices and students' engagement, behaviors, and academic performance. Effective middle school classroom management is critical because well-managed classrooms create opportunities to learn and foster student engagement, while poorly managed classrooms decrease student learning time and attention. Classroom management is particularly important in middle school where teachers often struggle with managing classrooms and students struggle with disengagement and disruptive behavior. MS CW-FIT will include a Tier 1, universal component that is delivered to all students within a classroom as well as a Tier 2 component (e.g., student self-management) delivered to students needing additional behavioral supports. MS CW-FIT is an adaptation of the elementary school CW-FIT program, which has been evaluated by two IES-supported efficacy trials with evidence of increasing student engagement and decreasing disruptions in elementary school classrooms.