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Community-Based Instruction

 

Community-Based Instruction (CBI) is an evidence-based practice that involves the use of sustained and repeated instructional activities that take place in various natural community environments outside of the school building in order to facilitate skill development and generalization in employment, community activities (e.g. shopping, banking, post office use) and recreation while addressing the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.  In partnership with the NJ Department of Education, Office of Special Education, this four-day series of interactive trainings will include content on current, effective methods for how to create or expand quality CBI programming for students with disabilities from elementary to high school grades.  As part of the training series, attendees will complete a CBI Program Development Plan including action steps for establishing or expanding CBI.  Participating districts and schools will be provided with on-site technical assistance to implement these practices, which may include on-site training.  The training and technical assistance will be provided by staff from The Boggs Center.

 

Foundations of Community-Based Instruction Series

  

Foundations of CBI is a four-day training series designed for teams of teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and job coaches who are (or will be) responsible for overseeing and/or delivering Community-Based Instruction for students with disabilities in elementary, middle, high school and transition programs.  Participants must register for all four trainings to be accepted into the Foundation Series.

 

Note: Attendance is limited to staff from schools/districts that either had an administrator participate in the CBI Webinar for administrators held on September 23, 2019, or listen to the recorded version of the webinar

 

Foundations of CBI Day 1: Fundamentals of CBI

 

Prior to planning and implementation of CBI programming, it must be understood that Community-Based Instruction is a strategy used to teach functional skills in natural, non-school environments that students currently, or will, use on a regular basis. Participants will be taught how to incorporate CBI into their weekly instructional routines as a complement to the in-school instruction provided. As a result of this fundamentals training, participants will gain deeper knowledge of the evidence-based practices of CBI. There is particular emphasis on the use of person-centered thinking and planning, systematic instruction, and natural supports.

 

Date Duration Time Location
November 1, 2019 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

November 15, 2019 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

South Jersey Technology Park
at Rowan University
107 Gilbreth Parkway, Room 246
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

November 18, 2019 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC Central

200 River View Plaza

Trenton, NJ 08625

November 25, 2019 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

 

Foundations of CBI Day 2: Using CBI to Teach the Application of Academic Skills

during Community Living

 

In-school instruction alone is often insufficient for teaching students with disabilities who need additional instruction on functional daily living skills. Students learn such skills as handling money and other forms of payment, how to pay for goods and services, planning and scheduling, reading directions, etc., within the concrete context of their home communities. This training day includes strategies and techniques for using systematic instruction in the community, as well as prompting systems, data collection strategies, positive reinforcement techniques, and positive error correction approaches for effective Community-Based Instruction.

 

Date Duration Time Location
December 3, 2019 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

December 4, 2019 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

South Jersey Technology Park
at Rowan University
107 Gilbreth Parkway, Room 246
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

December 6, 2019 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC Central

200 River View Plaza

Trenton, NJ 08625

December 12, 2019 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

 

Foundations of CBI Day 3: Using CBI to Teach Community-based Recreation

 

Students with disabilities usually have limited access to community-based, integrated recreational activities. We will explore strategies for increasing their access to such activities in a person-centered way. Training participants will develop techniques for identifying interest areas with students and teaching recreation and other related skills that allow for greater social inclusion in personally meaningful ways.

 

Date Duration Time Location
January 3, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC Central

200 River View Plaza

Trenton, NJ 08625

January 6, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

January 8, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

South Jersey Technology Park
at Rowan University
107 Gilbreth Parkway, Room 246
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

January 14, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

 

Foundations of CBI Day 4: Management and Leadership in CBI

 

The unique management and supervisory challenges related to implementing CBI programs can cause schools to struggle when establishing, enhancing or expanding programs. During this training, teams are provided structured opportunities to generate Program Development Plans for either beginning or growing CBI programming in their school/district. All Program Development Plans generated will include aspects of implementation the team identifies would benefit from on-site technical assistance provided by The Boggs Center. Topics to be covered include best practices in staff selection, staff training, systems of supervision, and processes/tools for ongoing program evaluation for continued CBI quality improvement.

 

Date Duration Time Location
January 7, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC Central

200 River View Plaza

Trenton, NJ 08625

January 16, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

January 17, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

South Jersey Technology Park
at Rowan University
107 Gilbreth Parkway, Room 246
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

January 21, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

 

Additional Trainings in Community-Based Instruction 

 

Using CBI for Career Exploration

  

Because New Jersey is an Employment First State, community integrated employment is the first and preferred outcome for all individuals with disabilities. Preparing all students with disabilities for employment in the community is our collective priority. Topics to be discussed in this training include strategies for developing a community-based career exploration program; assessing student abilities, preferences, and support needs; developing relationships with employers; analyzing work and social demands; and coordinating and providing support (including person-centered asset scripting, conducting environmental/worksite analyses and customizing job development) for students to be successful in their work environments.

 

Note: This training currently is ONLY open to school staff.

 

Prerequisite: Participation in the Foundations of CBI training series or the seven-day CBI training series held in prior years is required prior to attendance.

 

Date Duration Time Location
February 3 & 13, 2020 2 days 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

February 4 & 18, 2020 2 days 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC Central

200 River View Plaza

Trenton, NJ 08625

February 6 & 19, 2020 2 days 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

February 11 & 21, 2020 2 days 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

South Jersey Technology Park
at Rowan University
107 Gilbreth Parkway, Room 246
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

 

Job Coaching for Community Employment

 

In order to provide the most successful transition from school to employment, it is essential for vocational Community-Based Instruction (CBI) programs to have well trained and prepared staff. This two-day training will describe the roles and responsibilities of job coaches who provide on-the-job support to students participating in community work experiences as a component of a career exploration program. The training will provide an overview of employment and disability, and the evolution away from segregated to integrated employment settings; an examination of learning strengths and weaknesses (a person-centered approach called discovery); application of direct and systematic instruction strategies used on job sites (task analysis, hierarchy of prompts, teaching to natural cues, error correction, errorless training, etc.), and collection and use of data to assess student learning and instructional methodology.

 

Note: This training currently is ONLY open to school staff.

 

Date Duration Time Location
March 2 & 9, 2020 2 days 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC Central

200 River View Plaza

Trenton, NJ 08625

March 3 & 10, 2020 2 days 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

March 12 & 16, 2020 2 days 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

South Jersey Technology Park
at Rowan University
107 Gilbreth Parkway, Room 246
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

 

Technology Implementation in CBI

 

It is imperative that educators and instructional staff are well informed about the myriad ways technology can improve their teaching, support and assessment tasks in community settings. It is equally important for them to know how technology that is readily available today can benefit their students’ success in those settings, including employment. An introduction to technology, exploration of low- to high- assistive technology, apps useful to CBI, using technology for data collection while in the community as well as using it for job development, will be addressed.

 

Note: This training currently is ONLY open to school staff.

 

Prerequisite:  Participation in the Foundations of CBI training series or the seven-day CBI training series held in prior years is required prior to attendance.

 

Date Duration Time Location
April 1, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

South Jersey Technology Park
at Rowan University
107 Gilbreth Parkway, Room 246
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

April 2, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

April 3, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC Central

200 River View Plaza

Trenton, NJ 08625

 

Using CBI Effectively for Students Ages 18-21

 

Many students with significant disabilities remain enrolled in school until age 21, and the educational programming for these students during their final few years in school can and should differ significantly from that of typical high school students. This training will provide information on effective implementation of CBI programming for these students in community living, recreation (including the need to earn credits for health, safety, and physical education), and career exploration.

 

Note: This training currently is ONLY open to school staff.

 

Prerequisite: Participation in the Foundations of CBI training series or the seven-day CBI training series held in prior years is required prior to attendance.

 

Date Duration Time Location
May 1, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC Central

200 River View Plaza

Trenton, NJ 08625

May 4, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

May 12, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

South Jersey Technology Park
at Rowan University
107 Gilbreth Parkway, Room 246
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

 

Community of Practice Events

 

CoP Interactive Sessions

 

A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of individuals who share a concern or passion for something they do, and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. The CBI CoP events will provide modalities for CBI practitioners to share resources, experiences, stories, tools, classroom lessons, and problem-solving strategies. These events are intended for educators, administrators, job coaches, support staff and other school staff interested in collaborating, connecting, and sharing information on CBI practices.

 

Note: This training currently is ONLY open to school staff.

 

Date Duration Time Location
December 10, 2019 1 day 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

LRC Central

200 River View Plaza

Trenton, NJ 08625

March 25, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

March 30, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

South Jersey Technology Park
at Rowan University
107 Gilbreth Parkway, Room 246
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

 

CBI Program Showcases

 

CBI Program Showcase

 

The CBI Program Showcase events will focus on new information and best practices in CBI, with presentations from schools and districts around New Jersey.  The focus is on sustaining CBI efforts for students with disabilities.  These events are appropriate for school, CST members, educators, transition coordinators, job coaches, and other staff who are interested in learning more about quality CBI programming. 

 

Interested in presenting at a CBI Showcase?  The CBI program showcase provides time for local schools/districts to give 15-minute presentations about their outstanding CBI efforts. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Jessica Mayfield or Nikkilee Pedersen of The Boggs Center for more information.

 

Note: This training currently is ONLY open to school staff.

 

Date Duration Time Location
May 7, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

LRC Central

200 River View Plaza

Trenton, NJ 08625

May 11, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

LRC North

7 Glenwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Suite 201

East Orange, NJ 07017

May 28, 2020 1 day 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

South Jersey Technology Park
at Rowan University
107 Gilbreth Parkway, Room 246
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

 

Registration Details

 

Fee information: No charge

Continuing Education Available: NJ DOE Professional Development Hours.


Registration: Register online now. Please make sure that you are using updated internet browsers.

Please note:
Submission of the online registration form sends an email request to The Boggs Center and is not a confirmation of registration. Boggs Center staff will register you for the course requested, based on space availability and completion of pre-requisites (if applicable.) You will receive a confirmation when your registration request has been reviewed and approved. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact us to verify registration and to receive directions and materials.

 

For more information: Please email Kellyann Giudice or call (732) 235-9307.

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