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.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #271
The DC Public Schools are committed to creating “compelling” and innovative options to best prepare its youth for college and post-secondary success. In this lecture, Josh Edelman, Deputy Chief of the Office of School Innovation for DC Public Schools, will describe the 7 whole school reform initiatives under his purview and discuss the impact and challenges associated with this work. Mr. Edelman will share experiences related to working with autonomous initiatives, integrated service models and theme-based approaches that touch 58 of the 127 DC Public Schools.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
3:30 PM–4:20 PM
Ballroom A (CC)
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Denise E. Ross (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
JOSH EDELMAN (DC Public Schools)
Josh Edelman is the Deputy Chief of School Innovation (OSI) for the DC Public Schools. OSI oversees efforts to support and empower 58 DC public schools through the infusion of unique programmatic elements targeting student investment and achievement. Previously, Mr. Edelman was the Executive Officer of the Office of New Schools (ONS) at Chicago Public Schools, which worked to recruit, develop, and support new schools and ultimately, hold them accountable to high performance measures. Mr. Edelman has also held various leadership positions at The SEED Foundation, first on the board of directors, then as principal of The SEED School, a public charter boarding school in Washington DC. Mr. Edelman is also a seasoned educator. After teaching at Milton Academy in Massachusetts, he taught social studies for seven years at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California where he was also the founder and Executive Director for RISE (Realizing Intellect through Self-Empowerment), a youth development program targeted at African-American youth. Mr. Edelman has a bachelor’s degree in American history from Harvard University, a master’s degree in education from Stanford University, and a second master’s in educational administration with administrative credential, also from Stanford University. Mr. Edelman has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and Echoing Green. Mr. Edelman has served on the Boards of The SEED Foundation, Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, and was a MENtor for Real Men Read in Chicago.
Abstract: Charter schools provide an opportunity for behavior analysts to implement innovative and unique approaches to education that may contribute to the success of students in public schools. However, developing charter schools can also be challenging. In this lecture, Josh Edelman, the Deputy Chief of School Innovation for DC Public Schools, will describe the charter school movement in major urban areas and the impact that it can have for individuals who want to start new schools. Mr. Edelman will also share his experiences opening more than 80 new schools in major urban areas. This lecture will address common questions and issues related to developing unique school programs as part of a charter school.



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