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Community-Based Instruction


Foundations of Community-Based Instruction Series


Community-Based Instruction (CBI) is an evidence-based practice that supports students with disabilities during the transition from school to community life and promotes successful post-school outcomes for these students. Through CBI programming, students are given regular opportunities to participate in meaningful experiences and practice skills within natural environments (traditional and virtual) beyond the classroom. The Foundations of CBI Series is a five-week course delivered virtually through Canvas Learning Management System and Zoom to participating cohort teams. This course is structured for synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for teams of teachers, administrators, community liaisons, CST members, and other professionals who are (or will be) responsible for overseeing and/or delivering CBI for students with disabilities in elementary through high school grades. Attendees will be expected to complete a summative CBI Action Plan for establishing or expanding CBI as a requirement for course completion. Participating teams will receive technical assistance sessions to support the facilitation of this plan through the end of the academic school year.  In addition, teams will receive ongoing technical assistance for two years after the completion of the Foundation Series to support the implementation and sustainment of CBI practices.

Course Date



March 1, 2021 - April 2, 2021

20 hrs

Virtual Course via Canvas and Zoom


Registration Process – Foundations of CBI 

  • Watch this Webinar: An administrator watches the “Orientation Session for Administrators: Foundations of Community-Based Instruction Training Series” webinar recording. (24 minutes)
  • Identify a Team: Following the webinar, the administrator shall identify a team of at least three staff members to attend. The team must include at least one administrator, one teacher, and one staff member designated as a community liaison.  
  • Complete this Registration Form:  The team shall complete and submit the “Community-Based Instruction (CBI) Foundation Series School Registration Form” for participation in Cohort 1 for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Submit Registration Form by Deadline: The team shall read the Cohort and Administrative commitments on the registration form carefully before submitting the form. The registration deadline is February 11, 2021, space is limited. Registration is closed as this course has reached full capacity.

Registration Details – Foundations of CBI 

  • Canvas Account:
    Each registrant will be provided with a Rutgers Canvas account to access their training content. No matter how early you register for a workshop, you will not receive a “Welcome to Canvas” email until 3-10 days prior to the workshop start date. When your account has been created, you will receive a “Welcome to Canvas” email. Reset your password and login prior to the course start date.

  • For General Assistance regarding the Foundation of CBI Series contact:
    Kellyann Giudice at

  • Technology Requirements:
    A computer, internet access, and a web-cam are required for the Foundation of CBI Series.
    Once you are enrolled in the course, if assistance is needed with Canvas, contact:
  • Professional Development Hours:
    Certificates of Attendance with NJ Department of Education Professional Development Hours will be provided upon completion of this course.
  • Fee information: The CBI project is funded by The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B. Therefore, there is no cost to schools to participate and receive professional development credit.


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. If you're interested in participating in these sessions, please contact Nikki Pedersen or Lisa Corliss to join the VCoP mailing list.


Adapted CBI Webinar Series

The CBI Project, in partnership with the NJ Department of Education, Office of Special Education, offered a two-day Adapted Community-Based Instruction Webinar Series for educators, administrators, support staff, and other school-based professionals. We developed this with the intent to support planning for remote Extended School Year programs. Participants learned how to identify creative ways to provide meaningful and appropriate learning experiences that promote and maintain skill sets for success in adult life. Participants also learned how to increase collaboration with families and leverage these partnerships to enhance the learning process.


Day 1: CBI for a COVID-19 Community

This webinar discusses the transition of the traditional community to virtual and home-based settings and explore considerations for prioritizing instruction. We introduce an adapted planning method to identify authentic learning experiences that promote functional skill practice in our available settings. Lastly, we review complimentary evidence-based strategies that can support and enhance skill acquisition and maintenance while we continue to provide remote instruction.

Continuing Education Credit and Certificates of Attendance are not offered for this webinar.


Date Recorded Duration Webinar Recording Link
July 1, 2020 1 hour

Day 2: Capitalizing on Collaboration for CBI During COVID-19

This webinar explores opportunities for building strong and collaborative partnerships with families throughout the Summer. We break down the traditional CBI process and offer strategies for incorporating collaboration in assessment, planning, instruction and reflection during remote learning. We also review scheduling possibilities that create optimal learning experiences with consideration to individual family circumstances. Lastly, we discuss the benefits of accessing community partners, agencies, and resources to enrich ESY programming.

Continuing Education Credit and Certificates of Attendance are not offered for this webinar.


Date Recorded Duration Webinar Recording Link
July 8, 2020 1 hour



For more information about CBI training and events:
Please email Kellyann Giudice or call (732) 235-9307.

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