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Volume 1 Issue 7 (02.04.2020)

ROLE OF THE BCBA (BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST)

What is a BCBA?


A BCBA is a board certified individual who is trained to provide and supervise behavior analysis. Often it is a BCBA who supervises individuals providing ABA. Neither ABA nor BCBA, by definition, is Autism specific. They specialize in behavior. We are fortunate to have two BCBAs within the Millbury Public Schools: Rose Mahoney and Jason Avakian.


At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, the role of the BCBA was redefined. Our BCBAs are district-wide employees and are shared across buildings. For the most part, Rose provides support to preschool through grade 5, while Jason supports grades 5 through 12. Rose and Jason oversee ABAs and our RBT (Registered Behavior Technicians) and the programs these individuals are facilitating with students.


Please follow this link to view a more detailed description of their roles/responsibilities as well as what it might look like in practice.


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EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR (ESY)

ESY INSTRUCTIONS AND TIMELINES

Data collection began in October. Since then we have had a few extended breaks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and MLK weekend) and we will soon have February vacation.

  • Curriculum-based measures should be used to regularly progress monitor and document (Discussion will be held at individual buildings as to what measures will be used)

  • You should document any area(s) that you are concerned about regression.

  • Forms will be collected once during the school year.


Guidelines for Reasonable Recoupment

  • After an 8-week summer break is 20 instructional days

  • After a 1-2 week vacation break is 3-5 instructional days

  • After a weekend is 1 instructional day


ESY RECOMMENDATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 28, 2020
  • Please begin to enter students who have ESY in their ACTIVE IEP (ESY is noted in the service delivery grid and Schedule Modification). This document has a tab for each building. Please be sure you are entering your student information on the appropriate SCHOOL tab.
  • If the student's meeting has not taken place and there is data to support ESY, please include them. Please note the meeting note in column J.
  • Related Service Providers, please add your services in the labeled columns.
  • Families will be sent ESY paperwork based on this document.


ESY RESOURCES

FOLLOW-UP FROM ELEMENTARY PHONICS TRAINING

I wanted to provide you with an update.

  • The Telian training has been scheduled and will take place on February 13th at Shaw. There will be two sessions (8:15-10:45 and 12-12:45) to accommodate coverage. Participants have been contacted. by administration.


In progress:

  • Lizz and I will observe ELA blocks (small and whole group)
  • Administrative conversations regarding academic service delivery and continuum of services
  • Special department conversations regarding academic service delivery and continuum of services
  • Defining the role of Special Education providers in MTSS


Here is the link to the Phonics presentation that took place on Tuesday, January 7th with Lizz.

REVISED Compliance Calendar

The compliance calendar has been adjusted to reflect the impact of three (3) lost school days due to snow.

Future Topics:

  • Role of the Team Chair
  • Team Process
  • Development of the IEP
  • Parent Response to an IEP
  • MPS Policy and Procedures Regarding In School Observation by Parents and their Designee