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Good Behavior Game

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A classroom behavior management game providing a strategy to help elementary teachers reduce aggressive, disruptive behavior and other behavioral problems in children, particularly highly aggressive children, while creating a positive and effective learning environment.

With teachers implementing Good Behavior Game during regular class time, the main categories of cost are initial training, materials and coach salaries. Grants, whether federal or from the foundation community, are a good option for initial costs.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

State education funds as well as local school district funding should be considered for both training and coach salaries.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Formula Funds: Title I funds can potentially support curricula purchase, training and teacher salaries in schools that are operating schoolwide Title I programs. While Good Behavior Game is integrated into the curriculum, it must be shown to contribute to overall academic achievement. Title 2 funds have been used by districts to provide GBG training and support to teachers.

Discretionary Grants: Federal discretionary grants from the Department of Education have been used to fund the initial training of teachers.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundations can be a good source of funds, for initial training, curricula and funding for the coaches.

Generating New Revenue

Developing a community base which includes broad representation from multiple sectors including business, civic associations, parents, health, the pastoral community, and education can provide a strong foundation for ensuring sustainability of funding and support.

All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the purveyor, American Institutes for Research, to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.