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Public School Workgroup

Mission

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
Denise Kerth, Ph.D., BCBA-D, FAQ Coordinator

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

Click Here for Public Schools Frequently Asked Questions!

Resources

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

Meetings

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.