To address these challenges, we have worked with providers to develop virtual implementation strategies for Be Proud! Be Responsible! (BPBR) and Making Proud Choices! (MPC): basic, customizable templates using different online teaching modalities. Providers will modify these templates to meet local needs and then submit their plans for review by ACT for Youth before implementation.
EBP TemplatesBecause BPBR and MPC are normally implemented in person, putting them into the virtual context is a major adaptation that must be undertaken with attention to the original program theory and learning objectives. EBPs are largely based on social learning approaches that highlight small and large group interactions, but virtual implementation restricts and modifies these interactions. We need to address the limitations of virtual implementation by using different instructional design and learning strategies. With this in mind, and in collaboration with CAPP and PREP providers, we developed templates for EBP implementation that are focused on two approaches:
- Asynchronous learning refers to providing curriculum via platforms such as Google Classroom or Schoology where young people study online at their own pace, working individually and submitting responses in their own time using the platform. Instruction from the educator typically does not occur in real time.
- Synchronous learning refers to providing curriculum live via platforms such as Zoom or Skype where young people and the educator sign in at the same time and participate in activities online.
The templates we are providing for BPBR and MPC are basic -- focused on content, teaching strategy, and youth engagement. Providers can modify the templates by enhancing the visual design and increasing interactivity through the use of different online platforms and applications (such as Kahoot! or Nearpod). Provider expertise as well as platforms in use by the implementation sites will guide these modifications.
Virtual Implementation PlanSchools and other implementation sites may vary greatly in their use of asynchronous and synchronous online learning. Thus, even with templates for virtual implementation, it is very likely that additional modifications will need to be made. To help you prepare for implementation, we have developed two tools:
Preparation Checklist (optional)
Use this checklist to clarify the implementation conditions: size of group, frequency and length of meetings, technology restrictions, platforms used, etc.
Use this document to describe the planned implementation, the ACT-provided template you used, additional modifications, e-tools and apps used, etc.
Before You Implement: ACT for Youth ReviewSince all projects will modify their virtual implementation templates to fit local conditions, we ask all projects to submit their implementation plan to their ACT for Youth TA provider for review before implementation begins. Review criteria:
- An ACT-provided EBP template was used
- Learning objectives and content of EBPs are met
- Content is medically accurate
- Youth have a range of opportunities to actively engage with the material
- There is a plan to ensure that youth can access the platforms and use all of their interactive features
- Attendance and demographics data can be gathered