Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Workshop #W28
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Building Capacity for Evidence-Based Practices in School: System Evaluation and Program Planning
Friday, May 22, 2015
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
207B (CC)
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Elizabeth C. Nulty, M.S.
ELIZABETH C. NULTY (Center for Children with Special Needs), MARK J. PALMIERI (The Center for Children with Speical Needs)
Description: Educational settings are increasingly interested in establishing sustainable models for implementing ABA-based interventions. This includes typical direct instruction models as well as evidence-based services embedded throughout all instructional settings (e.g. establishing functional social teaching opportunities while at play, precisely teaching vocational skills that build life-long independence). Creating an instructional environment that is ready to implement evidence-based practices consistently is an enormous challenge for any single learner. To do so for an entire educational system is that much more complex. For example, schools often struggle with establishing a framework of services that is consistent in quality and program integrity from preschool through primary and secondary levels. It is essential that system evaluation procedures be used to assess the current levels of readiness for system-wide implementation of ABA-based services and map the appropriate program development steps to guide capacity development. This workshop will review system-level needs assessment evaluation for individual student programs as well as classroom, building, and district readiness. It will address the critical components that establish capacity for sustainable evidence-based services and provide a framework for mapping system growth from current to desired levels of service. Barriers and enablers to meaningful program development will be addressed as will strategies for successfully working with school district administration, educators, and families in advocating for meaningful and effective program growth.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to: (1) list key features of a needs assessment for both the individual and the system; (2) list key elements of sustainable evidence-based programming; (3) identify barriers and enablers to system change; and (4) plan steps to guide systems from current levels of performance to desired level.
Activities: Didactic presentation; small group work.
Audience: BCBAs and BCBA-Ds.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): capacity-building



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