Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Paper Session #329
CE Offered: BACB
QUICK Responses for Reducing Misbehavior in Schools: An Organizational Behavior Management Toolbox for Behavior Analysts
Sunday, May 29, 2022
5:00 PM–5:25 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 153C
Area: OBM
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Anika Costa (PENDING)
CE Instructor: Anika Costa, M.S.

QUICK Responses for Reducing Misbehavior in Schools: An Organizational Behavior Management Toolbox for Behavior Analysts

Domain: Service Delivery
ANIKA COSTA (The Operant Teacher, LLC; National University ), Paul "Paulie" Gavoni (Professional Crisis Management Association)

Many teachers and school leaders are entering the classroom and schools with visions of making a large and positive difference. They have the best intentions and want to make a positive difference. But if you check back in 5 years, you’ll find these folks exhausted, disillusioned, and oftentimes seeking greener pastures in another school, or even another field. Because of the complicated nature of an education system, Behavior Analysts regularly struggle to support the complex needs of students and educators. Even schools that have systems of Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions in place routinely face behavioral challenges, especially in Title I schools or special needs classrooms. When there is a breakdown in even one part of the system, it impacts the rest. While sometimes the impact is small, other times it can have a large ripple effect that builds momentum like a behavioral avalanche resulting in a devastating impact across every aspect of a school. As such, when behavioral issues are widespread, Behavior Analysts can’t really consider reducing misbehavior, at least not at the classroom or school level, without making the connection between what happens inside of the classroom to what happens outside of it. This session will address root causes of performance issues in schools as they relate to behavior management at the classroom and school level; moreover, it will focus on how Behavior Analysts can provide the most effective support using solutions rooted in Organizational Behavior Management to increase collaborative and systematic approaches to bring out the best in both educators and the students they serve.

Target Audience:

Intermediate Behavior analysts within their first 5 years of practice, including practitioners, supervisors, etc. Currently enrolled in or recently completed graduate-level work

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. List at least three common root causes of performance issues in schools 2. Describe the link between critical student, behavior technician, teacher, and school leader behavior and how it connects to student achievement 3. State at least two OBM solutions to improving behavior at the classroom or school level



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