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Johns Hopkins: Faculty Receives $2.5 Million Grant To Study Effectiveness of New ‘Good Behavior Game’ Online Training Program for Baltimore City Elementary School Teachers

Dr. Nicholas Ialongo, professor in the department of mental health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has received a $2.5 million grant from the Institute on Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education to study the effectiveness of a new online training and mentoring model for the PAX Good Behavior Game program.

Developed in the late 1960s, the Good Behavior Game assists teachers in managing student behavior in the classroom by providing them with evidence-based strategies shown to support healthy childhood development and reduce the effects of trauma on children. Over the last 30 years, the Good Behavior Game program has been found to reduce aggressive or disruptive behavior and improve the amount of time students stay focused on classroom activities. Longer-term benefits include higher rates of high school completion and college attendance, and reduced substance abuse, criminal behavior and incarceration rates.

The study will evaluate a new online platform of a mentoring and training model for the PAX Good Behavior Game. The current training and mentoring model is in-person. The study will involve 60 Baltimore City schools and recruit more than 300 teachers over a four-year period.

Dr. Ialongo has been directing research on school-based preventive interventions — the PAX Good Behavior Game among them — for the last 30 years.

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