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Public School Workgroup


The NJABA Public School Workgroup is dedicated to promoting the professional practice of applied behavior analysis (ABA) in public schools and increasing public schools’ capacity to provide high-quality behavioral services to all students.

Leadership Committee

Julie Wolff, M.Ed., BCBA, Chair
Amy Golden, M.S., BCBA, Secretary
Irene Cook, Ed.D., Administrators Liaison
Marissa Gynn-Ricafort, M.A., BCBA, Northern New Jersey Region
Dania Bober, Ed.M., BCBA, Southern New Jersey Region

Current Activities

We are developing committees on the following topics:
1. Programming including standardized and individualized assessments, curricula, best practices/quality indicators, home and community-based programming
2. Safely and effectively reducing challenging behavior including functional behavior assessments, consent, crisis, behavior plans, oversight
3. Staff training
4. Collaboration with related services
5. Collaboration with administrators
6. Legal issues related to ABA services
7. Employment-related issues

Public Schools Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Where can I obtain information about educational services for youth with developmental disabilities?
  1. Does the State of New Jersey recognize Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) certification in school settings?
    • Yes, the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) announced the creation a BCBA “job code” on August 26, 2014.
    • More information can also be found at the Autism New Jersey website.
    • Although the DOE has established a job code for BCBAs practicing in school settings, the BACB certifications are NOT recognized as a NJDOE certification.
    • As of this writing, BCBAs who do not hold a DOE-recognized certificate are not eligible for Educational Services Certificates (ESC) for support service personnel.
  1. What curriculum and programming guides are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and used in public school classrooms?

Curriculum Guidelines

Blanco, S. (2014). ABA Curriculum for the Common Core: Kindergarten. New York: Different Roads to Learning, Inc.

Eden Autism Services. (2012). Eden Autism Assessment and Curriculum Series. Princeton, NJ: Author.

Leaf, R. B., & McEachin, J. (1999). A work in progress: Behavior management strategies and a curriculum for intensive behavioral treatment of autism. New York: DRL Books.

McGreevy, P., Fry, T., & Cornwall, C. (2012). Essential for living: A communication, behavior and functional skills assessment, curriculum and teaching manual for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities. Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A.

Partington, J. W. (2006). Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R). Pleasant Hill, CA: Behavior Analysts.

Partington, J. W., and Mueller, M. M. (2012). Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS). Pleasant Hill, CA: Behavior Analysts, Inc. and Stimulus Publications.

Re-Think Autism, Inc. (2011). Re-Think Curriculum. New York.

Sundberg, M. L. (2008). Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP): A language and social skills assessment program for children with autism or other developmental disabilities. Concord, CA: AVB Press.


Direct Instruction

SRA Reading Mastery

SRA Connecting Math Concepts

SRA Language for Learning

SRA Language for Thinking

SRA Spelling Mastery

  1. What are some other tools that behavior analysts have found useful for use in ABA classrooms?

Edmark Reading

Menu Math

Project Read- Language Circle Enterprises

Reading A-Z

Reading Milestones

Touch Math / Touch Money/ Touch Time

Social Skills

Baker, J. (2006). Social skills picture book for high school and beyond. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.

Baker, J. (2003). Social skills training for children and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and social-communications problems. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

Baker, J. (2001). The social skills picture book: Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with autism. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.

Madrigal, S., & Garcia Winner, M. (2008). Superflex … A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum. San Jose, CA: Think Social.

McGinnis, E., & Goldstein, A. P. (2011). Skillstreaming the elementary school child: New strategies and perspectives for teaching prosocial skills (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Research Press. (early childhood and adolescent levels available)

Orth, T. (2006). Visual recipes: A cookbook for non-readers. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

  1. What resources exist to inform our practices when students exhibit dangerous behavior and safety measure such as physical restraint and seclusion are warranted?


DOE Job Code – With the effective advocacy of NJABA and Autism New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) created a job code for BACB Certificants. Read the DOE Broadcast here.
Department of Education’s Autism Program Quality Indicators
Department of Education’s Autism Website
New Assessment – The Dynamic Learning Maps™ (DLM®) project offers an innovative way for all students with significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their learning throughout the school year via the DLM Alternate Assessment System. DynamicLearningMaps.org

NJABA Public School Workgroups first Open House on November 13, 2014

NJABA Public School Workgroups first Open House on November 13th, 2014


2016-2017 NJABA PSWG Meeting Dates 

  • September- Thursday, 9/29/2016
  • October- Thursday, 10/27/2016 at the Autism New Jersey Conference, Harrah’s Waterfront and Conference Center, Atlantic City, NJ (conference registration required)
  • January- Thursday, 1/26/2017
  • March- Thursday, 3/30/2017
  • May- Thursday, 5/25/2017

Time: All meetings will begin at 4:15pm
Location: Bergen County Special Services
450 Farview Avenue Paramus, NJ
Meeting will be held in the Central Office meeting room

Please RSVP to Julie Wolff, M.Ed, BCBA Public School Workgroup Chair

Interested but unsure if you’d like to officially join? Come to a meeting to learn more and network with colleagues. All are welcome!

For general inquiries, contact Amanda Cortez, amanda@amg101.com, or 609-910-0394.