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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W19
CE Offered: BACB — 
Using Applied Behavior Analysis in K-12 Teacher Supervision, Training, and Professional Evaluation: Practice and Hands-on Application of ObserverWare Software
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 5
Area: EDC/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Thomas L. Sharpe, Jr., Ed.D.
THOMAS L. SHARPE, JR. (Educational Consulting, Inc.; ABA Therapy Solutions, LLC), JOHN KOPERWAS (Educational Consulting, Inc.)
Description: This workshop will provide hands on application of a data supported set of procedures for the description, analysis, feedback and goal-setting activities necessary to effective teacher supervision, evaluation, and training in K-12 teaching settings, and also in postsecondary professional practice environments. Workshop activities include (a) introduction to the importance of a behavior systems approach to teacher education, (b) hands-on observation system construction, and (c) data collection, analysis, and feedback activities designed for instructional and on-site practicum supervision purposes. Additionally, explanation and hands-on interaction with procedures designed for logically sequenced training activities are provided, including (a) classroom video observations, (b) on-site data-based assessment and immediate feedback and goal-setting, and (c) research and development into effective educational practice. Workshop participants will leave with a familiarity with behavior systems educational procedures designed for effective ongoing teacher supervision and professional education practice. Participants will be provided with a complimentary downloadable copy of the complete software tools,MS Wordfiles of all necessary illustration materials, and a PDF file of a summary copy of a compatible methodology textbook in relation to the procedures discussed as a function of workshop participation. Content has obtained credibility, as demonstrated by the involvement of the broader practice, education, and science communities in the study or application of findings, procedures, practices, and theoretical concepts. It is recommended that workshop participants bring their own IBM compatible laptop and/or aniPad to facilitate hands-on workshop interactions.
Learning Objectives: Workshop participants will exit with skills in the area of applied behavioral teacher supervision and professional teacher training. Skills include the ability to design observation systems that match with training objectives, construct video-based observational learning laboratory experiences, implement on-site data-based feedback and goal-setting experiences to determine if supervision and educational objectives have been met, and for those engaged in postsecondary professional education, develop a set of applied research activities to document the relative effectiveness of professional training activities. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) discuss the principles and practice of applied behavior systems analysis in relation to teacher supervision and professional teacher training; (2) construct observation systems relevant to their particular professional teacher supervision and teacher training objectives; (3) design and implement video-based observational learning activities in relation to educational objectives for professionals in training and professional in practice; (4) understand and apply a range of computer-based data collection and analysis techniques in relation to recommended data-based on-site feedback and goal setting procedures; (5) develop applied research activities in relation to teacher supervision and professional teacher training objectives to determine the relative effectiveness of those efforts.
Activities: Workshop format combines lecture, small group and individualized activities, guided practice, and competency building exercises. Specific activities include: (1) Review of applied behavior systems analysis in relation to teacher supervision and professional training activities; (2)Hands on application of observation system construction designed as compatible with teacher supervision and professional training objectives; (3)Hands-on application of observational laboratory development in relation to the classroom instruction of relevant behavior analytic professional training objectives; (4)Hands-on application of data-based on-site feedback and goal-goal setting procedures in relationship to teaching practices of teachers on the job and teachers in training; (5) Introduction and review of recommended research activity development in relation to determining the relative effectiveness of recommended supervision and professional training activities.
Audience: K-12 lead teachers and administrators engaged in the ongoing supervision and evaluation of teachers on the job. Advanced graduate students and behavior analysts working in the area of professional teacher education in specific, and in the area of postsecondary training for professional competencies in general. Those working in postsecondary educational settings where focus is on the education, on-site training, and assessment of professional practice competencies, and who are challenged with how to teach, describe, and analyze highly interactive behavioral transactions that characterize education settings should find the workshop experience and complimentary materials particularly appealing to a wide range of professional training, assessment, and applied research applications.
Content Area: Methodology
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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