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What’s more important than quality of teaching?

Research says nothing but how do you keep the quality of instruction consistent and high?

Over the past few years, our company Verbal Behavior Institute (VBI),  has proudly provided the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training course, a trademarked program of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), to many individuals, classrooms, schools and human service agencies.


The impact of applying the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by RBTs is changing lives for the better every day!  Maintaining the quality of instruction with your treatment teams and staff is of paramount importance. The following suggests how to do that.
 
Eric Hanushek, of Stanford University, writes extensively on the research he does on “What makes a difference in how students learn?”  Mr. Hanushek’s research has repeatedly come to this same conclusion: The most significant variable that makes a difference in the education of children is the quality of the...

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It's the law: Education must now be accountable!

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...

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RBT training is the answer to problem behavior

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...

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