Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Invited Paper Session #40
CE Offered: BACB

Teaching the Principal the Principles: The Role of ABA in Public Schools

Saturday, May 27, 2006
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Centennial Ballroom II
Area: TBA; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Ilene S. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Chair: Pamela G. Osnes (Behavior Analysts, Inc.)
ILENE S. SCHWARTZ (University of Washington)
Dr. Ilene S. Schwartz earned her Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology at the University of Kansas. She has an extensive background working with young children with special needs, specifically with young children with autism and other severe disabilities. Currently, Dr. Schwartz is the faculty advisor of the integrated preschool and kindergarten programs at the Experimental Education Unit at UW. Dr. Schwartz maintains an active line of research and personnel preparation activities. She is the Principal Investigator of the PDA Center, an OSEP funded national training program on autism and of a model demonstration project to develop school-based services for young children with autism, a research project to assess the differential effectiveness of preschool programs for young children with autism, and of a personnel preparation to prepare early childhood teachers who work with children with severe disabilities in inclusive settings.. Dr. Schwartz has published numerous chapters and articles about early childhood special education and social validity. She was recently appointed to the Governor's Commission on Autism in Washington State.

The purpose of this presentation is to describe the role of behavior analysts in preparing educators to work with children with and without disabilities. Although much of the work of applied behavior analysts deals with the school age population, as a field we are often absent from debates about school reform and teacher education. During this presentation we will make the case forwhy it is important to increase our presence in these forums and suggest strategies to talk about behavior principles in a manner that is acceptable to our colleagues in public schools and colleges of education.




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