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

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Invited Paper Session #149
CE Offered: BACB

Systems Change and Behavior Analysis: The Impact of the Florida PBS Project

Sunday, May 27, 2012
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
303/304 (TCC)
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Donald K. Kincaid, Ph.D.
Chair: Cynthia M. Anderson (University of Oregon)
DONALD K. KINCAID (University of South Florida)
Dr. Donald Kincaid is a Professor of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida. Don Kincaid co-directs the Division of Applied Research and Educational Support and the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Don is also the Director of the Florida Positive Behavior Support Project at the University of South Florida. He also directs USF's participation in the OSEP Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions Center, a partnership of universities and agencies across the country. His primary interests are in applying positive behavior support and behavior analysis for individual students, classrooms, and entire schools. Much of his professional activity involves coordinating systems change efforts at a local, state, and national level to support the implementation of evidence-based practices. Dr. Kincaid also teaches at the university level and serves on a number of editorial and advisory boards.

The field of behavior analysis has shown tremendous potential to produce significant system change. Unfortunately, the application of science and technology in social systems isn't just about the quality of the evidence-base but also the capacity to navigate the implementation of the science through complex systems change efforts. This presentation will provide an overview of what we have learned in the past dozen years regarding the implementation of a positive behavior support approach in Florida. The Florida PBS Project has had a mission to increase the capacity of school districts to implement PBS within a multi-tiered continuum of student support. The presentation will discuss the systems change practices that have led to implementation in over 1200 schools and the outcome data about the impact of that implementation. Lessons learned from state, district and inter-project collaborations will be shared with the participants as well as existing barriers to implementation of a multi-tiered system of support with fidelity.

Keyword(s): education, multi-tiered support, PBS, systems change



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