Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


39th Annual Convention; Minneapolis, MN; 2013

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Invited Tutorial #142
CE Offered: BACB
Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis in Public School Settings: Creating, Expanding and Integrating Accelerated Independent Learner Model Classrooms Into the Everyday Fabric of School District Life
Sunday, May 26, 2013
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Auditorium Room 3 (Convention Center)
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Grant Gautreaux, Ph.D.
Chair: Grant Gautreaux (Nicholls State University)
Presenting Authors: : JOANN PEREIRA DELGADO (Teachers College, Columbia University)

This tutorial will outline the steps required to create, expand, and integrate an Accelerated Independent Learners (AIL) model of learning into general education settings. AIL is the general education initiative of CABAS, a systems-based model of schooling at the center of the Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis programs at Teachers College, Columbia University. These efforts have included teaching district-based staff to implement basic principles and tactics from the science of behavior. The completion of CABAS ranks are part of the training for teachers and teaching staff in AIL programs. The learn unit is the basic method of instruction and learning pictures provide the visual display of learning in AIL classrooms. TPRA observations, and decision protocols assure the accuracy of instructional presentations and related decisions. The VBDA and C-PIRK assessments provide curricular and protocol based objectives and criterion referenced measures of learning for both at-risk and advanced students. Furthermore, the AIL model has been effective in raising performance outcomes for included students with disabilities, students considered at-risk, and students at advanced levels of achievement.

JOANN PEREIRA DELGADO (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Jo Ann Pereira Delgado, Ph.D., is an associate adjunct professor and supervisor of student teaching in education and psychology in the program for teaching as applied behavior analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also a consultant for public schools in New Jersey. Dr. Delgado received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2005 under the supervision of R. Douglas Greer. Her research included one of the first studies that induced observational learning in students with disabilities. Dr. Delgado was then awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at Teachers College, where she continued her research on the induction of key verbal developmental cusps and capabilities while employed as the assistant director of the Fred S. Keller School (a private research-based preschool). Currently, Dr. Delgado supervises the Accelerated Independent Learner (AIL) program, which is an inclusion program in a public school setting. She is committed to the application of the science of teaching to the general education environment. Her other research interests include the development and identification of key verbal milestones that are necessary for students to succeed in the general education setting. Dr. Delgado is a published researcher in the fields of education and behavior analysis and has presented at international conferences. She is certified as a school district administrator in New York State and has Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS) board certified ranks as both an assistant research scientist and senior behavior analyst.
Keyword(s): public schools, systems approach, teacher training



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