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Interactive Virtual Training for Teachers (IVT-T) is a free online professional development model funded by the Institute of Education Sciences.

IVT-T provides a realistic, compelling training environment for teachers and is an alternative to on-the-job training with real students for whom classroom management errors can be costly to all learners. 




Through IVT-T, teachers working in high poverty elementary and middle schools can:

  • Interact with first or sixth grade virtual students who have difficulty staying focused and following instructions or are non-compliant (e.g., arguing, refusing to follow instructions, verbally and physically aggressive).
  • Practice responding to avatars who escalate (become more off-task and aggressive) or de-escalate (become more engaged and compliant) based on how teachers respond to the avatar behaviors.
  • Reflect on their interactions with the avatars.
  • Receive immediate online coaching and feedback regarding how to improve their classroom management skills.

Shernoff, E.S., Frazier, S.L., Lisetti, C., Buche, C., Lunn, S., Brown, C., Delamarre, A., Chou, T., Gabbard, J. & Morgan, E. (2018). Early career teacher professional development: Bridging simulation technology with evidence-based behavior management. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.


Shernoff, E.S., Bearman, S.K., & Kratochwill, T.R. (2017). Training the next generation of school psychologists to deliver evidence-based mental health practices: Current challenges and future directions. School Psychology Review, 46, 219-232.


Brown, C., Shernoff, E.S., Von Schalscha, K., Hanks, O., Chou, P., Walzer, A., ... Lisetti, C. (2018, April). Development and evaluation of the evidence-based behavior management strategy coding system. Poster submitted to the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.


Shernoff, E.S., Gabbard, J., Lisetti, C.S., Brown, C., Delamarre, A., Lunn, S., Liz, S., Bibi, Z., & White, M. (2018, February). Formative evaluation of Interactive Virtual Training: A Mixed-Method Study. Poster submitted to the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.


Shernoff, E.S., Walzer, A., Morgan, E., Lunn, S., Lisetti, C.S., & Frazier, S.L. (2017, February). The development and refinement of Interactive Virtual Training Model (IVT). Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Antonio, TX.


Delamarre, A., Buche, C., Polceanu, M., Lunn, S., Ruiz, G., Bolivar, S., Shernoff, E., & Lisetti, C. (2017, May). An Interactive Virtual Training (IVT) simulation for early career teachers to practice in 3D classrooms with student avatars. Proceedings of the 30th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference.


Chou, T., Shernoff, E.S., Sanchez, A., Frazier, S.L., Lisetti, C., Lunn, S., & Brown, C. (2016, October). Iterative development in action: Building Interactive Virtual Training for early career educators. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. New York, NY.