In behavior analysis, measurement serves as the primary link to our basic science. Specifically, rate of response analyzed in real time through the use of the standard celeration chart allows us to function as natural scientists in applied settings. Dr. Ogden Lindsley coined this practice as Precision Teaching (PT), which indicates the meticulousness with which behavior is measured and analyzed. However, Precision Teachers or “standard charters” can often become hyper-focused on these types of proximal measurement practices without also keeping their eye on broad-scale impact.
The current webinar aims to share 20 years of discoveries made at Fit Learning regarding combining proximal and distal progress monitoring systems for the broad-scale impact of academic interventions. An overview of Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) will be provided along with recommendations for evaluating these kinds of distal progress measures in relation to growth on more proximal pinpoints. Outcome data obtained with learners enrolled at Fit Learning across both proximal and distal progress measures will be shared and discussed in the context of the possibilities such measures have with regard to the scope of impact possible through PT practices.
Kimberly Nix Berens, Ph.D, BCBA-D, LBA is a Founding Director of FitLearning. Her work centers on using behavior analysis to transform the learning abilities of a wide-range of children, including those who are struggling, average, gifted, learning disabled, or on the autism spectrum. She received her doctoral degree in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis at the University of Nevada – Reno (UNR) in 2005 under the supervision of Dr. Ogden Lindsley, Dr. Patrick Ghezzi and Dr. Thomas Boyce. Along with the other co-founders, Dr. Berens assisted in the creation of Fit Learning (originally Center for Advanced Learning) as a graduate student at UNR and, since that time, she has overseen the expansion of the organization to include locations in Reno, Nevada; Medford, Oregon; Locust Valley, New York; Manhattan; Phoenix, Arizona; and Perth, Australia. Dr. Berens is also an experienced educational researcher who has published and presented extensively on science-based approaches in education. Following an appointment by Governor Jim Gibbons, she served on the State of Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners from 2009 – 2010 where she assisted in the development of state licensing regulations for behavior analysts. Dr. Berens was the first behavior analyst in the country to hold such a post. She has provided clinical and research supervision to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students and she continues to serve as an affiliate faculty member in the Behavior Analysis Program at the University of Nevada – Reno.