In March of 2017, the world of education in the USA changed, for good and the better. The United States Supreme Court issued its determination speaking to a parent’s claim that their child was being warehoused as a student of a primary school in Colorado. The court in their review found that a child’s education could not be “de minimus” (used here to mean ‘warehousing’) but rather, that consistent with the concept of a child being entitled to a FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education) a school district also has an obligation under the law to provide for an education, without regard to different abilities, that is, it must be “appropriately ambitious.”
The interpretation and testing of this unanimous decision requires that districts must now meet a standard that though present in spirit, was not previously required by law. This decision now places a burden of proof on educators, schools and school administrators to be able to...
Problem Behavior is listed as the #1 cause of the resignation of new teachers by the School Supervisor’s Association. What can you do about it? Here we are in November. There are kids everywhere who had problem behavior in September and even some in October. Kids who were anxious about new settings, or uncomfortable with the change in schedules, buildings and classmates from last year have settled in. Those behaviors are largely gone. Yet, there remain a few kids; perhaps only one kid per class who are having problems. These are the challenges that cause: early retirements, endless disciplinary meetings, parents hiring attorneys and the attacks of PTA Boards on school administrators and teachers alike.
Is there something that can be done to solve this problem? Yes! The answer is here.
Our training for staff to become an RBT (Registered Behavior TechnicianTM) is a competency based, online 40-hour training that can take the tension out of the class through evidence-based...
The Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBT®) is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a behavior analyst. This RBT training covers a variety of topics that are necessary for an individual to pursue a career as a behavior technician, working directly with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other developmental disabilities. An RBT does not work independently but practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a Board certified behavior analyst.
Entry level RBTs start at an average range of $12-$17 or approximately $25,000-$35,000 per year. Several employment services report RBTs grossing as much as $35/hr and more.
This training course teaches evidence-based behavior Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) intervention techniques and strategies for individuals including: Data Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behavior Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice. The training will...
WHEN DO WE FIND TIME TO TRAIN OUR STAFF?
Over the past few months, we've heard the feedback loud and clear. School administrators love the RBT training and at the same time have a hard time fitting in the staff training hours that are required to complete the course. So, we've come up with a few ideas that we hope are helpful.
Over the next few weeks, as school districts wind down the days towards the end of the semester, we've helped many districts plan for ways to maximize the time that is often lost productivity by integrating the RBT training into coverage hours. In more non-educational administrative language, when you find yourself with teachers aides and paras who are working full days, but the kids are dismissed early - why not use those hours and convert them into useful, skill development time?
Another idea that is popular among some clients representing school districts where union requirements have summer session running a reduced schedule, is to purchase the RBT...
We are pleased to announce the release of our Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Competency Exam Preparation module.
This module is a practice tool for our RBT clients. It is designed to help prepare you for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board RBT Exam.
The practice exam features videos and multiple choice questions and answers, that review the following topics:
The multiple choice questions are designed to help you remember terms and concepts that are on the BACB's RBT Task List. Our practice exam can be taken at any time and as many times as needed from any Internet-connected device. It is not timed but keep in mind the actual exam takes 90 minutes to complete.
THIS IS A LIMITED TIME FREE OFFER FOR OUR EXISTING CLIENTS.
CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO REQUEST ACCESS https://www.onlinerbttraining.com/p/rbt-practice-exam
If you are not a current RBT client and...
Virtually everybody interested in improving the performance of schools concentrates on the importance of teacher quality. Yet policy recommendations related to teacher quality frequently do not incorporate existing evidence about performance. This paper reviews the various strands of research related to teacher quality including: the role of aggregate salaries, the supply of teachers with different characteristics, the relationship between teacher characteristics and student achievement, and direct estimates of the value-added of teachers. This evidence is then related to current policy initiatives as generally bounded by recommendations to tighten up on teacher qualifications and recommendations to loosen up on entry with stronger subsequent incentives. - by Eric A. Hanushek and Steven G. Rivkin
Here's an article regarding the difference that quality of teaching makes http://hanushek.stanford.edu/publications/high-stakes-research
The cost of education continues to be the...
October 4, 2017
Dear Lisa Rinaldo,
On behalf of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (“BACB”), I am pleased to confirm your continued status as an Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) provider. Your provider number remains OP-07-0134, and your next renewal date is August 31, 2017. Please record this information in an easily retrievable location, as you will need it when interacting with other professionals, consumers, and the BACB.
Also attached is the logo for your continued use as an ACE provider. Please note that you may not alter or modify the logo, except as provided at
The BACB maintains an ACE provider registry on our website. Although it is updated regularly, it is not necessarily the definitive documentation of ACE provider status. If a consumer, a certificant, or a state agency needs to verify your status as an ACE provider in an official capacity, please have them contact us.
The BACB requires an annual renewal for maintaining...
The Supreme Court of the United States heard a case from Denver, Colorado Federal Court about an autistic child and his family defending accountable progress. The Court found in an 8 - 0 decision that the family has a right to expect more than just de mini is (or minimum) progress.
What that UNANYMOUS decision means for parents and districts is either great or horrid depending on your perspective. To frame the issue in what is likely an overly simplistic reduction of logic the case came down to whether a parent of a child with a disability had a right to expect more than what the Court called "minimum" education.
I may be one of perhaps a half dozen folk in the USA to weigh in on this from a multiple perspectives. First and most importantly I did battle with our local school district here in NJ on behalf of my son for many years; on this exact same issue. At the time, I was also a permanently licensed school principal in NY State and by the middle of...
We received the following good news from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board:
We are pleased to announce that the BACB has received accreditation of its Registered Behavior Technician™ (RBT) credential by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
NCCA is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and its accreditation helps demonstrate that a credential has met the rigorous standards established by the credentialing industry. The BACB’s Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credentials have been NCCA accredited since 2007.
The RBT is the first behavior technician credential to become accredited based upon NCCA’s current heightened standards, which were enacted in 2016. This development means that the BACB is now the only organization in behavior analysis to offer professional credentials at every educational level (graduate, undergraduate, high school), all of which...