Incredible Years (IYS) Teacher Training Program

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Target Population: 
Behavioral Problems, Emotional Competency, Relationships, Social Competency
Target Audience 

This program is for teachers, teachers' aids, psychologists, school counselors, and school personnel working with young children who are age 3 to 8. It is intended to impact school personnel and children.


The Incredible Years® (IYS) Teacher Training Program is designed to enhance teacher classroom management skills, promote positive teacher-student relationships and teacher-parent partnerships, help participants instill social and emotional regulation skills to participating children, and implement proactive discipline techniques.


Multiple randomized control trials (RCT) were conducted and demonstrated that when the teacher training program was incorporated into already existing IYS Parent Training and Child Training Programs there was an increase in teacher use of proactive classroom management strategies, decreased teacher use of criticism and harsh discipline, and increased teacher bonding with parents.  One RCT assessed the IYS Teacher Training Program as a stand-alone program to determine intervention effects.  Overall, significant positive effects were demonstrated by the decreases in classroom off-task behavior, negative teacher behavior, and students' negative reactions to teachers.


This program is intended to create a positive learning environment and includes the following components:

  • The Teacher Classroom Management Program is designed to strengthen classroom management strategies among teachers, promote pro-social behavior and school preparedness among children, and reduce classroom non-cooperation.   This component supports teacher-parent collaboration.
  • Dina Dinosaur Child Training Series (3 to 8 years old) includes over 120 lesson plans that focus on improving peer relationships and reducing aggression at home and at school.  Teachers implement circle-time discussions followed by small-group practice sessions.   In addition, this element includes a detective-club, activity manual that offers take-home activities parents can use to teach their children school rules, social skills, and problem-solving skills.
  • Emotional Regulation In Preschool:  Teaching Children To Cope With Conflict is a DVD featuring examples of applicable behavior management strategies used by teachers to reduce aggressive and oppositional behavior and strengthen social competence among children.  The DVD shows classroom teachers implementing helpful classroom management skills taught in the IYS Dinosaur Curriculum.
Previous Use 

Since 2001, the IYS Teacher Training Program has been implemented among multiple ethnic groups and social classes in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.   Positive results have been found with Asian, Hispanic, African American, and Caucasian groups.


This program has no training requirements; however, to become a certified/accredited group leader or conduct research on the IYS Programs, training is required.  For the Teacher Classroom Management component, a 3-day workshop is offered for group leaders on program delivery to teachers.  Following the workshop, 6 full-day, monthly workshops are offered to teachers to review the curriculum.  A 3-day training is offered for the Dina Dinosaur Child Training Series.


Considerations for implementing this program include securing trained and certified facilitators and coordinators, acquiring administrative support and possible funding, and determining parent willingness to complete home activities.  A questionnaire checklist was developed for organizations to determine their readiness and capacity for implementing the program.

The Clearinghouse can help address these considerations. Please call 1-877-382-9185 or email


If you are interested in implementing the IYS Teacher Training Program, the Clearinghouse is interested in helping you!
Please call 1-877-382-9185 or email


The curriculum is implemented during circle-time discussions, which are conducted 2 to 3 times a week for 15 to 20 minutes.  Time to complete small-group practice activities will vary.


The Teacher Classroom Management Program component costs $1,250, and the Emotional Regulation in Preschool DVD costs $195.  For additional information on materials costs, please visit

Evaluation Plan 

To move the IYS Teacher Training Program to the Effective category on the Clearinghouse Continuum of Evidence at least one external evaluation must be conducted that demonstrates sustained, positive outcomes.  This study must be conducted independently of the program developer.

The Clearinghouse can help you to develop an evaluation plan to ensure the program components are meeting your goals. Please call 1-877-382-9185 or email


Contact the Clearinghouse with any questions regarding this program.
Phone: 1-877-382-9185     Email:

You may also contact Lisa St. George, Administrative Director, by mail 1411 8th Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119, phone 1-888- 506- 3562, email, or visit

*Resources and associated costs reflect those identified at the time of fact sheet publication.