Monday, December 28, 2009

NEWS: Beal Street Academy, Hingham, MA given certification by state of Massachusetts



 
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued a certificate of Provisional Approval, the first level approval, to
Beal Street Academy
, Hingham, Massachusetts, on September 4, 2009.  “We have been working toward this approval for three years—it is a terrific and important step for students and families on the South Shore. Beal Street Academy will teach students ages 13-22 who have fallen substantially behind in their schoolwork,” said Richard McManus,  Founder and Executive Director.  “Many people have worked very hard to achieve this recognition, including parents who dearly wanted this school to exist, and our staff, who persevered despite many obstacles.”
Beal Street Academy's Mission Statement
Beal Street Academy will provide an intense education intervention to increase student academic performances by at least two years for each year in the program.
McManus reports that the school can now accept referrals from cities and towns, and knows that there are quite a few students whose needs will be filled by the school’s excellent curriculum and teaching approach.  “We use Precision Teaching, a highly validated and successful approach to teach students to excel in their work.  We use the same approach that we have used for seven very successful years at The Fluency Factory , our tutoring center, but now we will have sufficient time and resources to help students with learning disabilities to attain far more success than they previously have achieved.”
"...When the Strazzulas informed McManus that their child had no attention span, could not recognize his own name in print, and had learned some sight words but never seemed to hold on to what he learned, McManus was undaunted.
'Great, send him! was Richard’s response,' Strazzulla said. 'James loves going to school here. At first progress was very slow, . . . but now he reads for pleasure and sets high goals for himself. And why not? People are dreaming for him now. He has far exceeded our expectations, and we hope he will be an example to others of never giving up. . . . He just finished his fifth Harry Potter book and is now reading the sixth. . . . The sky’s the limit now.”..."

Rosemary Littlefield, the school’s Principal, has been very impressed by the progress that Beal Street has made in a very short time.  “I have been involved with several other schools during my career, but this is the first time I have worked to launch a new school.  The approval process was very challenging, but we worked together and made it happen.”  McManus says, “Diane Evans, our Head Teacher, was so important to the application process—it would have been impossible without her.”  The school, though newly approved, already has several referrals and will be adding students during the school year.  Ultimately it will serve 20 students.
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Related stories and blogposts

State gives provisional OK to special needs school in Hingham
The Patriot Ledger,
September 9, 2009


Beal Street Academy fills a growing need

Articles on the Fluency Factory, Beal Street Academy, and written by Richard McManus
At the Fluency Factory

Sunday, November 15, 2009
ANNOUNCE: Nov. 22, 2009 Hingham, MA - Richard McManus to Speak on "Do Expectations Determine Outcomes?"

Thursday, June 4, 2009
OPPORTUNITY: Hingham, MA Summer Programs at The Fluency Factory

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Morningside Academy interviewing for Fall 2010 Admissions

The Morningside Academy (Seattle WA) website states that they are currently interviewing for admissions to Morningside for Fall 2010.

Past posts on Morningside Academy

Monday, November 23, 2009
Kent Johnson awarded 2009 Ernie Wing Award for Excellence in Evidence-based Education

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
OPPORTUNITY: Summer Programs for Students & Teachers at Morningside Academy, Seattle, WA

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Just for fun: Try charting this...

This was a new one on me -
What I would like to know is the data of phone calls made to NORAD about Santa's current whereabouts...(smile), and then teasing out Santa's rate of behavior among 1.8 billion children. (One suggestion is using a MONTHLY per month CHART adapted to be an HOURLY per hour chart. (See below))




1 day, 1 hour, something minutes and something seconds (countdown in progress).

Happy holidays.
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References:
1. Subject:    SC hour, minute, 10 sec charts
Date:    Sat, 24 Apr 1999 02:03:15 EDT
"...It is best to relabel the monthly per month [Mpmon-3EC, MONTHLY per month CHART] charts because the base six of its vertical time lines  gives useful standard celerations.

HOURLY per hour chart has each vertical time line stand for one hour.  The first four thicker period lines then indicate 6,  12, 18, and 24 hours (one day).  The full SC chart then covers 5 successive calendar days by hours. 
The standard celerations are per 6 hours.

TEN MINUTELY per ten minute chart has each vertical time line stand for ten minutes.  The first four thicker period lines then indicate 1, 2, 3, and 4 hours.  The full SC chart then covers 20 hours.
The standard celerations are per hour...
(...)
Note that locating the possible source of high and low and frequency rhythms is not a functional analysis.  It is merely a TEMPORAL association.  You can not say anything is a reinforcer from a time analysis alone.  You must record its functional effects by removing it and replacing it and or changing its magnitude.  Anything less is merely a sketch, one of many possible stories.
As ever, Og [Ogden R. Lindsley (1922-2004)]"

2. Haughton, E. C., Maloney, M., & Desjardins, A. (1980). The tender loving care chart. Journal of Precision Teaching, 1(2), 22-25.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Chicago School of Professional Psychology student presentation at ABAI Autism Conference


(By the way - today, December 18, is the early bird registration deadline for the
Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference : Translational Science and Effective Practice

(January 22-24, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL),
so if you want to attend, today's the day to make those arrangements!)
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**1/24/10- John Eshleman, Ed.D, BCBA of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology pointed out that there was another Chicago School student poster displaying Standard Celeration Charts that also deserves a shout-out - that by Megan Morien and Melissa Twarek. 'Glad to do it, and thanks for alerting us to the presentation!

Poster Session #2, Saturday, January 23, 2010, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Columbus Hall

34. The Effects of Extinction Paired with Other Interventions on Inappropriate Touching Behavior (AUT Autism; Applied Behavior Analysis)
MEGAN N MORIEN (The Hope Institute), Melissa Twarek (The Hope Institute)

Abstract:
When teaching or interacting with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities, there are often individuals who engage in problem behavior (e.g., aggression, talking out, inappropriate touching, etc.). The present study investigated the effects of extinction combined with other interventions on inappropriate touching behaviors emitted by a 15-year-old male diagnosed with autism, moderate cognitive impairment and speech/language impairment. Through an ABCD experimental design, the rate of inappropriate touches emitted by the participant were recorded across different interventions. With the purpose of reducing instances of social disapproval and possible injury, the present study investigated the effects of pairing extinction with differential reinforcement of alternative behaviors (DRA), non-exclusionary time out (NETO) and functional communications training (FCT) to decrease the occurrences of inappropriate touching behavior. The results from this study were consistent with past research indicating that the combination of extinction paired with DRA and FCT was effective showing consistently low rates of responding, which included zero rates of responding during four sessions (Fyffe, Kahng, Fittro & Russell, 2004; Shukla & Albin, 1996).
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For the purposes of this blogpost, however, we'd like to give a special shout-out to one of the student presenters in
Poster Session I, Friday, January 22, 2010, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Columbus Hall,

24. The Effects of Precision Teaching on the Acquisition of Math Skills Across Three Learning Channels in Students Diagnosed With Autism
(AUT Autism; Applied Behavior Analysis)
MARGARITA METOYER (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

Abstract:
With the surging need in the United States for evidence-based educational practices, as discussed by Moran and Malott (2004), effective instruction techniques have increasingly been adapted as part of school curricula in recent years. Precision Teaching (PT), founded by Ogden Lindsley (1992), has been used to evaluate fluency in academic subjects by using practice, measurement, and recording of specific behavioral outputs, also known as learning channels (Haughton, 1980). The field of PT has various studies evaluating learning channel fluency in typical populations (Nancarrow, 1983), and math drill effects on math performance (Raggio & Bitgood, 1982). However, there is limited research on the comparison of celeration within learning channels and the acquisition of math fluency in students with a diagnosis of autism. The present study examined the effects of Precision Teaching (PT) on the acquisition of math skills across three learning channels. See/Say worksheets, Hear/Say timings (Haughton, 1980) and Say All Fast Minute Every Day Shuffled (SAFMEDS) cards (Graf & Lindsley, 2002) were used throughout the study with 9 participants diagnosed with autism, enrolled in The Hope Institute Learning Academy and Satellite Program in Chicago for elementary school and high school students diagnosed with developmental disabilities.
If you're at the Autism Conference, stop by Margarita Metoyer's poster and give her some appreciation for the research she's working on!
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For reference or further reading,




The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Applied Behavior Analysis Program




p.180, Learning channels, in Binder, C. (1996).Behavioral fluency: Evolution of a new paradigm. The Behavior Analyst, 19(2), 163-197.

Graf, S., & Lindsley, O.R. (2002). Standard Celeration Charting 2002. Youngstown, OH: Graf Implements.

Haughton, E. C. (1980). Practicing practices: Learning by activity. Journal of Precision Teaching, 1(3), 3-20.

Lindsley, O.R. (1992). Precision teaching: Discoveries and effects. Journal of Applied Behavior
Analysis, 25
(1), 51-57.

Moran, D.J., & Malott, R. (2004). Evidence-Based Educational Methods. Academic Press.
ISBN-13: 978-0125060417

Raggio, S., & Bitgood, S. C. (1982). The effect of number of math drills per day on math performance. Journal of Precision Teaching, 3(2), 50, 51.

Wolking, W. D., Sakowitz, S., & Nancarrow, E. (1983). Some comparisions between see/write and see/type arithmetic timings. Journal of Precision Teaching, 4(2), 25-28.

 


The Hope Institute Learning Academy







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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A treat for Precision Teaching and Behavior Analysis history buffs

For those who enjoy Precision Teaching and Behavior Analysis history, the archival website
"Dr. Beatrice Barrett- Her Contribution to Behavior Analysis" may be of some  interest.

The site, hosted by the Department of Behavior Analysis, University of North Texas, has been online for at least a year, but on a recent visit it was noted that there has been a considerable expansion of archived documents of the work done by Drs. Barrett, Ogden Lindsley, and the other researchers at the Walter E. Fernald State School and the Metropolitan State Hospital.

For example, this page from the Article Archives, which contains status, technical, progress, and final report of the work done by B.F. Skinner, H.C. Solomon and O.R. Lindsley during the 1950's for the Office of Naval Research; a later article co-authored by Barrett and Lindsley, and those with Barrett as sole author.

There is also a photo gallery of snapshots left by Dr. Barrett- some of these include notable figures in PT and behavior analysis in their younger days (Ogden Lindsley and Carl Binder, for instance). There is a request for any background information that can be supplied on the photos either through the site's email address or contact form.

Description of the full contents of "Dr. Beatrice Barrett- Her Contribution to Behavior Analysis" is beyond the scope of this blogpost - instead the reader is strongly encouraged to visit and browse!

For more on Beatrice Barrett and her contributions to basic research, and study on rehabilitation and education, see,
Dr. Beatrice H. Barrett 1929-2003
Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies,
and
Fluency.org
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Friday, November 27, 2009

BLAST FROM THE PAST: (1971) Owen White's "A glossary of behavioral terminology"




White, Owen R. (1971). A glossary of behavioral terminology. Champaign, IL: Research Press Co.

Note: Owen R. White, PhD. was the 2009 International Precision Teaching Conference Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and delivered the keynote address at that conference.





This is an interesting, and even fun, glossary, although to some it might be more of a historical piece for a behavioral bibliophile, since it's out of print, than a working glossary. In difficulty, I would consider it somewhere between Verplanck's glossary, and the Florida State University glossary.

I enjoy White's Glossary, and even refer to it from time-to-time as a working glossary because it covers, with some detail, a diversity of areas: schedules of reinforcement, stimulus control, respondent conditioning, and more--as well as some basics of statistical analysis and, of course, precision teaching. It also has an advantage in that this compact volume is eminently readable in bed or in the bathtub--two places where laptops or desktops are unlikely to be found.

Pricing on the Glossary is kind of hit or miss--I bought mine for $2 at an online used book vendor, but I've also seen the identical item being listed for $50+ (check a bookseller search engine and see what kind of pricing you can find). It's good, but $50 good?...hmmm, maybe better to wait for something a little more economical.

Past posts on Owen R. White:
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Video of Precision Teacher Dr. Owen R. White delivering IPTC 2009 Keynote Address

This post is an updated reprint of a post from
Good Behavioral Reads blog


Other "Blast from the past" post(s):
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
BLAST FROM THE PAST: (1970) Charting Rates with Stephanie Bates

For further reading or study

Other works authored or co-authored by Owen R. White
Listing from Worldcat.org

Owen R. White's webpage
University of Washington
EDSPE 510 Classroom Measurement and Management

Rick Kubina's interview of Owen R. White at the PT Party website
November 2007

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Just for fun: Precision Teaching Tweeters - "tw"ying out Twibes

For you users of Twitter, I've started up a Precision Teaching Twibe, aka Twitter group,

http://www.twibes.com/group/PrecisionTeaching

Making no pretense at being a fluent tweeter, but hope that this might open up an additional venue for social networking among those who use Precision Teaching and heart the chart (Standard Celeration Chart).

Some other social networking options for Precision Teachers can be found at the Facebook groups,
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    Kent Johnson awarded 2009 Ernie Wing Award for Excellence in Evidence-based Education


    Kent Johnson, Ph.D. and Morningside Academy, Seattle, WA is one of the recipients of the  2009 Ernie Wing Award for Excellence in Evidence-based Education , awarded


    "...in recognition of their work in developing, implementing, and sustaining a “data-based decision making organization and culture” designed to provide state-of-the-art educational services..."
    This prestigious award is well-deserved by Kent and the talented teachers of Morningside Academy, who apply use of good curricular design, fluency-based instruction and charting in their Generative Model of Instruction to improving the academic performance of 18,000 students via their program, having collaborative relationships with 86 programs nationally and internationally, and training new cohorts of teachers yearly in their Morningside Teachers and Summer Training Academies.

    Kent has also shared his expertise as one of the founders of the online reading program,  Headsprout Early Reading.

    Warm congratulations on this achievement!

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    Past posts:
    Wednesday, June 3, 2009
    OPPORTUNITY: Summer Programs for Students & Teachers at Morningside Academy, Seattle, WA 

    Related:
    Johnson, K., & Street, E. M. (2004). The Morningside Model of Generative Instruction: What it means to leave no child behind. Concord, MA: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

    Other Morningside instructional materials
    Morningside Press

    Johnson, K. (2009, in press). Instructional design for Precision Teaching in academics. In Marlene Cohen, Carl Binder, and Michael Fabrizio (eds.), Bridging the gap for learners with autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities: Precision Teaching and Fluency-based Instruction. New York NY: Springer Publishing Company. 
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    Monday, November 16, 2009

    Looking for articles from the Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration? Look no further!




    The Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration, aka "JPTC", is the peer-reviewed journal of the Standard Celeration Society and publishes Precision Teaching articles in the categories of




    • Application: "...usually represent data from applied settings such as schools, clinics, human service agencies."
    • Research: More controlled research studies using specific analysis and describing, controlling and interpreting experimental variables.
    • Discussion: "...offer explanations, reviews, and extensions of Precision Teaching and Standard Celeration concepts."
    • Chart Shares: Data displayed on Standard Celeration Charts "...along with brief descriptions of the performer, what occurred, and other relevant observations". Grass-roots users of Precision Teaching are encouraged to submit charts and esp. those who chart themselves (students, clients and patients).
    • Technical Notes: "Brief technical descriptions clarifying, elaborating, or reporting upon Precision Teaching and Standard Celeration concepts."

    Full description of the Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration and article submission information can be found at Editor Rick Kubina (Ph.D, BCBA)'s webpage.

    Subscriptions to the JPTC, as well as access to online back-archived articles from 1980 to the present is a member benefit to those in the Standard Celeration Society.

    Currently, Behavior Research Company, in cooperation with the Standard Celeration Society, is offering a limited back catalog of paper issues of the JPTC. More information on what is available and pricing can be found at Behavior Research Company.

    The full index of JPTC articles can be found at the Standard Celeration Society, and an index organized by topic areas (e.g., Precision Teaching: Introduction, The Standard Celeration Chart, Academics, Adaptive & Vocational, Inner Behavior, Large Scale Counting, Medical/Health Application, Motor Skills, Sports & Recreation, Problem Behavior & Social Skills, Speech-Language Pathology & Functional Communication, and Tool Skills can be found at the Precision Teaching Hub and Wiki.
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    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    ANNOUNCE: Nov. 22, 2009 Hingham, MA - Richard McManus to Speak on "Do Expectations Determine Outcomes?"

    Richard McManus, Precision Teacher, and Director of the Fluency Factory and Beal Street Academy, will be speaking

    7:00PM November 22, 2009 to the
    South Shore Special Education Meetup Group,
    Hingham, MA
    on the subject,

    "Do Expectations Determine Outcomes? The Dangers of Special Education"
    • How do our expectations shape what happens to our children?
    • How do we communicate our expectations and goals?
    • What can we do to raise the expectations of teachers and professionals?
    Open Discussion following the presentation.

    RSVPs are requested for this free presentation at the meeting.

    For more information on this talk and the Meetup Group,
    see this page at the Fluency Factory.
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    Related: Podcast at the PT Party of Richard McManus interviewed by Rick Kubina, Feb. 2009.

    Past related post:
    Thursday, June 4, 2009
    OPPORTUNITY: Hingham, MA Summer Programs at The Fluency Factory
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    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    Video of Precision Teacher Dr. Owen R. White delivering IPTC 2009 Keynote Address




    Rick Kubina has posted video at the PT Party site of Owen R. White, Ph.D., University of Washington delivering the Keynote Address to attendees at the 2009 International Precision Teaching Conference (IPTC), Penn State.



    Dr. White is a delightful speaker and his address describing the historical roots of Precision Teaching was a most enjoyable mix of history and humor. He is also the recipient of the Standard Celeration Society's 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award which was awarded to him during IPTC 2009 by the Society.

    Check it out if you have a chance (and get a taste of what you missed if you missed or skipped the IPTC this year. )

    We hope to see you at next year's conference in Seattle!


    Related: Podcast interview with Owen White, November 13, 2007. Interviewer Rick Kubina.
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    Tuesday, September 15, 2009

    PRESENTATION: Michael Fabrizio, MA, BCBA will present on fluency based instruction for students with autism

    As part of the B.F. Skinner Foundation Seminar Series
    Michael Fabrizio, MA, BCBA will be giving a presentation,

    Fluency-Based Instruction for Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.
    Saturday, November 21, 2009
    Cocoa, Florida. BACB CEUs are available.



    A related item of interest is Michael's recent June 2009 interview by Rick Kubina for the Precision Teaching podcasts.


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    Friday, September 11, 2009

    ANNOUNCE: Info on IPTC 2009 Presentations and Costs at Celeration.org

    The Standard Celeration Society has a couple of new postings at their website on the presentations, conference cost and workshop fees for the 22nd International Precision Teaching Conference (IPTC 2009), October 29-31, 2009, Penn State. An important note is that registration for the IPTC has NOT yet opened; the newly posted info is just a heads-up so prospective attendees can plan schedules and estimate costs. Conference registration, when available, will be at the Standard Celeration Society website/Celeration.org.

    Other previously posted information of relevance also at Celeration.org
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    Previous related blog posts:
    FYI: Options for Getting to & From the 2009 International Precision Teaching Conference (IPTC 2009)
    Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    ANNOUNCE: The 2009 International Precision Teaching Conference
    Monday, May 4, 2009
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    Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    One Week Warning: IPTC Call for Papers Deadline July 15

    2nd reminder that one week is left before the deadline.


    The Standard Celeration Society announces that the
    Call for Papers for the
    22nd International Precision Teaching Conference
    (10/29-31, Penn State)

    has been extended through

    July 15, 2009.

    With the many things going on at the end of the academic year and start of summer, some needed more time to complete their submissions. This extension allows that additional time and would still give the organizing committee enough time to work their magic in coordinating and completing the Conference program.

    More information on the Call for Papers and the submission info are highlighted on the
    frontpage at Celeration.org,

    Previous post on the July 15 deadline.

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    FYI: Options for Getting to & From the 2009 International Precision Teaching Conference (IPTC 2009)

    Don't end up like these fellows below. Arrange your ride to/from
    IPTC 2009 (Penn State October 29-31, 2009)
    ahead of time.

    For info on taxi, shuttle and limo options, see,
    The Road to IPTC 2009 - a How To
    at
    Celeration.org, website of the Standard Celeration Society

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    Wednesday, July 1, 2009

    TIME SENSITIVE ANNOUNCEMENT: July 15 Submission Deadline for the International Precision Teaching Conference


    The Standard Celeration Society announces that the
    Call for Papers for the
    22nd International Precision Teaching Conference
    (10/29-31, Penn State)

    has been extended through

    July 15, 2009.

    With the many things going on at the end of the academic year and start of summer, some needed more time to complete their submissions. This extension allows that additional time and would still give the organizing committee enough time to work their magic in coordinating and completing the Conference program.

    More information on the Call for Papers and the submission info are highlighted on the
    frontpage at Celeration.org,

    There will be another notice one week before the deadline, but the most current information IS ALWAYS at the Standard Celeration Society website.

    Please feel free to share this message with anyone you feel would be interested in the conference or might not get word of the extension.

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    Thursday, June 25, 2009

    OPPORTUNITY: Teachers Sought for Precision Teaching Private School Start-up in Wilkes Barre PA

    This announcement was made on the SCListserv on June 18
    Please contact Brenda Eaton-Shadie of the Valor's Foundation for additional information [listed contact info at the end of this post].
    "...Starting a private school 5-8 grades this year, and adding 9-12 next year using Precision Teaching with academic curriculum. Looking to serve those with Learning Disabilites (LD) such as dyslexia, ADHD and to include Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism (HFA)- working off the Ben Bronz Academy in Conn. as a model.

    School will be in Wilkes Barre PA- Looking for teachers in Northeast PA- with regular education and or special education certification with ABA background. Those with regular education degrees will be considered, those with up to 18 credits in Special Education related field (such as ABA course work) would qualify for special education certification under Private School Standards in PA.

    Please contact me at: brendaes@valorsfoundation.org or call me at 570-760-5977.

    Have a great day!

    Brenda Eaton-Shadie
    Valor's Academy (license pending)
    40 W. Northampton St
    Wilkes Barre, PA 18711
    570-851-3909
    www.valorsfoundation.org
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    Tuesday, June 23, 2009

    REMINDER: June 30, 2009 Call for Papers Deadline for the 22nd International Precision Teaching Conference

    Call for Papers for the 22nd International Precision Teaching Conference (IPTC) 2009
    October 29-31, 2009 Penn State University

    is currently OPEN, but the end of the submission period is
    June 30, 2009 - only one week away, so don't tarry!

    Graphic design by Scott Born, 2009 for the Standard Celeration Society


    More info on the IPTC 2009 Call for Papers, and
    to download a postable flyer


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    Previous post on IPTC 2009

    Monday, May 11, 2009

    ANNOUNCE: IPTC: International Precision Teaching Conference Call for Papers


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    Monday, June 22, 2009

    OPPORTUNITY SE Ohio: Open House for Possible New Branch of Haugland Learning Centers

    This was posted last week to a parent grouplist, announcing an open house presaging an expansion of Haugland Learning Centers.

    Please see message below for more details on the event. The listed contact for more info is Ken Porter at 614-602-6475 for Haugland Learning Centers.

    "If your child is on the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program, this is great news for you.

    News for SE Ohio Autism Families! Gallia County will be having an Autism Center. Haugland Learning Center is considering opening a branch in Gallia County. It is on the far east end of Gallipolis and is only 12 miles from the Middleport town limits. It is the annex as they called it behind the Gallipolis Parts Warehouse. There will be an open house there on Saturday, June 27, [2009] We will have the open house from 1:30 to 3:00 at the location. It is off of Route 7 on the east end. You would turn north on Airport Road and go around the Part Warehouse to the annex that is on the east side of the building.

    For more info contact Ken Porter at 614-602-6475 for Haugland Learning Centers"

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    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    NEWS: New Federal Practice Guide in Math Recommends Increased Emphasis on Basic Skills and Fluent Performance

    Teaching component and basic skills to fluency so that they may be readily applied to higher order skills and composites may not be news to Precision Teachers who utilize fluency based instruction, and many curricular program packages are structured on that basis, but it's positive to see this gaining some recognition at a policy-maker basis, in this case in the area of mathematics. The report from the What Works Clearinghouse of the US Department of Education is at the end of the post.
    Response to Intervention' in Math Seen as Challenging
    Educators Explore Advice Laid Out in New Federal Practice Guide on Topic

    Education Week, via CEC SmartBrief
    Published Online: June 16, 2009
    Published in Print: June 17, 2009


    [Excerpt]
    "...Still, the guide recommends, among other steps, that remediation for students in grades K-5 should focus on the properties of whole numbers, like counting, addition, and subtraction. Older students, up to 8th grade, should learn rational numbers in depth, including the meanings of ratios, decimals, and percentages, the panel recommends.

    Another recommendation is that all students who need extra math assistance should work on fluent retrieval of basic arithmetic facts [my emphasis], like simple addition and multiplication. Higher-level mathematics often assumes that students can quickly recall facts like “3 times 9” or “11 minus 7,” when such operations may be difficult for those lagging behind their peers, the panel found..."

    IES PRACTICE GUIDE
    NCEE 2009-4060
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
    WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE
    Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools
    April 2009, 104pp.

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    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    What's the worst that could happen if you don't chart?

    (Even though Precision Teachers take teaching and student progress very seriously, like anyone else, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy--so on occasion there's an outbreak of plain old-fashioned fun, well, like this...)

    compliments of John W. Eshleman

    Don't get lose track of where things are going like these poor souls...
    care enough to chart!


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    Friday, June 12, 2009

    REFERENCE: The updated Basic and Advanced Charting Conventions for the Daily Standard Celeration Chart

    Below is a low-resolution screenshot of the
    "
    Basic Charting Conventions for the Daily Standard Celeration Chart
    ", © 2006 Standard Celeration Society.


    If you click on the image, it should take you to the most current version (2006) of,It is possible that these "Conventions" may be further refined in the future, but for now this is the most updated, correct and refined version to assist those putting together manuscript submissions, and for those who are seeking information on the definitions and conventions of Standard Celeration Charting.

    If the link from the image does not work, you can also download the same information from the JPTC Editor's [Rick Kubina's] website.

    Thanks to Scott Born, Steve Graf, Clay Starlin, Rick Kubina, Abigail Calkin, and the others members of the Standard Celeration Society who helped in the effort to enhance the accuracy, appearance, and user-friendliness of the "Conventions"

    Reference:
    (2006). Manuscript Submission Guidelines and Basic and Advanced Charting Guidelines. Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration, 22(1), 33-39.

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    Thursday, June 4, 2009

    PODCASTS: Updates to the Precision Teaching Podcasts are now in the sidebar


    Just a quick FYI to let you know that listings of the Precision Teaching Podcasts, hosted by Rick Kubina and Doug Kostewicz, can now be found in the sidebar of this blog, along with other updates from the Standard Celeration Society, and various Precision Teaching and Behavior Analysis blogs (If you fire up a new PT or ABA blog, or have one that you think should be added to the blogroll, please give a shout in the comments section, and I'll add it. Thanks!).

    This is automatically set up to update when new additions come on, so if you want to know what's new and happening--check out the sidebar. Cheers.

    Related post
    May 4, 2009
    ANNOUNCE: Precision Teaching Podcasts at iTunes

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    OPPORTUNITY: Hingham, MA Summer Programs at The Fluency Factory

    Also see the previous post on Summer programming available at Morningside Academy in Seattle, WA.

    Summer is upon us, and we see that The Fluency Factory (Director: Richard McManus) in Hingham, Massachusetts is offering special Summer programs during the time when kids are out of school, as well as the usual tutoring services offered year round. Richard and his crew are excellent teachers, period, as well as seasoned Precision Teachers and have helped many children with learning difficulties become more successful students.

    The Fluency Factory is located at
    165 Beal Street, Hingham, MA 02043

    Richard (back row center) and his posse of Precision Teachers,
    in front of The Fluency Factory, Summer 2006


    See also
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    SHOUT-OUT for Precision Teaching in Europe

    This meeting of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior Group is over for the year, but I'm posting so that you can see what was presented, perhaps be inspired to attend or present next year, and to give a laudatory shout-out for the work in Precision Teaching being done in Europe.

    It's stated that a Special Issue of the European Journal of Behavior Analysis (EJOBA) will be dedicated to the Meeting.

    Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group
    London Meeting: 6– 8 April, 2009
    Provisional programme
    Department of Psychology
    , University College of London

    Those presentations emphasizing Precision Teaching,
    POSTERS 4/6/09
    What’s the probability of that: using SAFMEDS to increase fluency on statistical concepts with undergraduate psychology students.
    Michael Beverley, Carl Hughes, & Richard Hastings, Bangor University

    Fluency, Syllables and Reading Skills: the case of an Italian girl with autism
    Francesca Cavallini, Federica Berardo, Sara Andolfi & Fabiola Casarini, University of Parma, Centro Tice,

    Endurance and application in young basketball players: effects of fluency in dribbling
    Francesca Cavallini, Roberto Cattivelli & Silvia Perini, University of Parma

    4/6/09
    Symposium: Precision Teaching
    Chair: Dr. CARL HUGHES

    2:00 Using precision teaching strategies to promote self-management of inner behaviours and measuring effects on the symptoms of depression.
    Kerry Patterson & Claire McDowell
    University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

    2:20 Using precision teaching to increase the fluency of reading with Italian problem readers. FRANCESCA CAVALLINI, Sara Andolfi, Laura Pignoli & Silvia Perini
    University of Parma, Centro Tice

    2:40 The effects of fluency on handwriting legibility and orthography.
    FRANCESCA CAVALLINI, Federica Berardo, Sara Andolfi, Tirelli Valentina & Silvia Perini!
    University of Parma, Centro Tice

    3:00 Increasing Basic Skills in Maths Using Precision Teaching and Fluency Based Instruction
    MICHAEL BEVERLEY, Carl Hughes, & Richard Hastings,
    Bangor University, Wales

    FULL DAY WORKSHOP (9:00 – 4:00) 4/8/09
    Introduction to using Precision Teaching and Standard Celeration Charting in Early Intervention programmes
    Dr Claire McDowell 1, Nicola Hardy 2, Dr. J. Carl Hughes, BCBA 3 & Mike Beverley 3
    University of Ulster, Coleraine 1,
    Saplings School for Children with Autism 2,
    Mullingar & Wales Centre for Behaviour Analysis, School of Psychology, Bangor University 3.
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    See also,

    Behavior Analysis in Europe: Proceedings of the Third Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis, Milan, 18th - 21st July, 2006. Roberto Truzoli, Geraldine Leaders, Phil Reed (Eds.). Editrice UNI Service. 83 pp.
    Google books Worldcat
    • p.17 WORKSHOP: Introduction to Precision Teaching and Standard Celeration Charting
    • p. 36, Precision Teaching and Fluency Training Across Cognitive, Physical, and Academic Tasks in Children with Different Disabilities: A Multiple Baseline Study. From SYMPOSIUM: Applied Research.
    • p. 50, SYMPOSIUM: Applying Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching in mainstream and special education settings in Iceland and Wales.
    Index: European Journal of Behavior Analysis. Special Issue on Precision Teaching
    VOLUME 4, No. 1 & 2, 2003

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    Wednesday, June 3, 2009

    PRESENTATION: Kelly Ferris, M.Ed., BCBA to speak on Precision Teaching to the Oregon Association for Behavior Analysis

    If you're in Oregon, esp. the Portland area, on Saturday, June 6, 2009, you might want to drop by (RSVP (971)344-9440 or sschaefer@advbehavioralconcepts.com for this presentation by Kelly Ferris, M.Ed., BCBA, Precision Teacher, Vice-President of the Standard Celeration Society, and Clinical Services Supervisor for the Organization for Research and Learning,
    delivered to

    OREGON ASSOCIATION FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (OR-ABA)
    WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2009, 9:00a-1:00p
    WHERE: Legacy Meridian Park Hospital
    Community
    Health Education Center
    19300 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin OR 97062, Room 106
    *Lunch will be provided

    Presenter: Kelly Ferris, M.Ed, BCBA
    Kelly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working with children with autism since 1999. She completed her Master's Degree in Special Education and graduated with her teaching certificate from the University of Washington in early childhood special education in June of 2003. From June until November 2006, Kelly worked with Fabrizio/Moors consulting supervising and designing behavior analytic services for children ages 2-15 years of age. Kelly gained additional experience working with Northwest Behavioral Associates as a Program Manager from 2003-2005. She focused largely on developing programs for children with moderate to higher language skills. In more recent years, she has worked on designing programs for non-vocal students with a range of skills, utilizing speech-generating devices. Kelly currently is a full-partner of and Clinical Services Supervisor for the Organization for Research and Learning (O.R.L) and the Program Director for FEAT of Washington 's Summer Intervention Program. Kelly's professional membership and participation has included presentations at conferences including the Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the International Precision Teaching Conference. Kelly maintains full professional memberships in both The Standard Celeration Society and The Association for Behavior Analysis International and has published her applied work with children with autism in the Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration and the Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis.
    RSVP by May 28th [I think they are willing to scrub round that--it's mostly for the lunch count] to Sarah Schaefer, LPC, BCBA, (971)344-9440 or sschaefer@advbehavioralconcepts.com



    Be there or be square...
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    OPPORTUNITY: Summer Programs for Students & Teachers at Morningside Academy, Seattle, WA

    Morningside Academy in Seattle, WA (Director: Kent Johnson) has for over two decades been helping struggling students to address skill problems that have kept them from academic success--helps them make phenomenal gains to catch up with their peers and master the skills to keep up.

    While Morningside Academy also runs on a typical academic calendar, during the summer it offers special programs for both students and those who wish to learn the techniques of the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction.

    First, for students ages 6-17:
    Morningside Academy's Summer School
    July 6th - July 31st 2009

    Still has spots left. See their website for information on the program

    and for teachers, tutors and graduate students,
    Morningside Academy's Summer School Institute

    Their website states that they are still currently taking applications for the 19th annual Summer School Institute, July 13th through July 31st, 2009. Some partial information,
    Discover The Morningside Model Of Generative Instruction
    Attend 1 or 2, or both weeks!

    Week 1: July 13-17
    Week 2: July 21- 24
    Week 3; Graduate Students Only, July 27-31

    Topics will range from an overview of the Model of Generative Instruction, Fundamentals of Instruction for Reading, Writing & Math, Practice Strategies using Precision Teaching and developing students ability to generalize and apply what they know in the classroom..."

    Browse their website and find out what Morningside Academy does and whether they have the opportunity you've been looking for for your child or yourself.

    For further reading:
    Johnson, K.R., & Street, E.M. (2004). The Morningside Model of Generative Instruction: What it means to leave no child behind. Concord, MA: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
    Also available at Behavior Research Company and the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

    Johnson, K. R. & Layng, T. V. J. (1992). Breaking the structuralist barrier: Literacy and numeracy with fluency. American Psychologist, 47, 1475–1490.
    [abstract]

    Johnson, K. R. & Layng, T. V. J. (1994). The Morningside model of generative instruction. In Gardner, R., Sainato, D. M., Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., Heward, W. L., Eshleman, J.W. & Grossi [Eds.]. (1994), Behavior Analysis in Education: Focus on measurably superior instruction (173–197). Belmont, CA: Brooks-Cole.
    Text at teonor.com

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