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.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W28
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
A Tour of Morningside Academy, With a Direct Instruction Focus
Friday, May 25, 2012
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Diamond A (Sheraton)
Area: EDC/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Kent Johnson, Ph.D.
KENT JOHNSON (Morningside Academy), KRISTINE F. MELROE (Morningside Academy), JOANNE K. ROBBINS (Morningside Academy), JENNIFER REILLY (Morningside Academy)
Description: Join us for a tour of Morningside Academy, a school that helps elementary and middle school students to catch up and get ahead by integrating a number of research-based instructional technologies, including direct instruction, Precision Teaching, and talk aloud problem solving, all within a behavior analysis framework. Most Morningside students did not perform to their potential in their previous schools, have average to above average IQs, and may have diagnoses such as ADHD and mild learning disabilities. Our Foundations program includes reading, language arts, and math, with both basic skills and thinking, reasoning, and problem solving skills embedded in each. Students enrolled in the Middle School program master foundation skills, how to succeed in content courses, and project based learning strategies. Morningside Academy offers a money-back guarantee for progressing 2 years in 1 in the skill of greatest deficit, and in 32 years has returned less than 1%. After an introductory presentation and tour, we will conduct a mini workshop in direct instructional technologies, including direct instruction and Tom Gilbert’s behaviorally based predecessor, Mathetics. We will also offer a half-day morning tour that will focus on Precision Teaching technologies. Participants are welcome to register for both morning and afternoon tours.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Define and describe the population of Morningside Academy's students, the curriculum taught to students, the instructional methods used to teach the curriculum, the six essential ingredients of direct instruction (DI), DI advanced correction procedures, and the generic basis of DI in Mathetics

Activities: Participants will participate in an introductory presentation, a school tour, and a 1-hour workshop about direct instruction. Meet at the designated workshop room, and we will walk together to our transportation to Morningside, about 1 mile away.
Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about Morningside Academy is welcome to attend.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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