With DCPS Staff
DCPS has and will continue to provide opportunities for DCPS staff, administrators and teachers to learn more about working with students with autism, as well as ABA techniques.
For the past four years, Dr. Dan Shapiro, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, has provided weekly consultations for the DCPS autism team. This support will continue during the 2010-2011 school year.
An autism lecture series, featuring prominent members of the autism community in D.C., was provided on a monthly basis for administrators and teachers. For the 2010-11 school year, this lecture series continues, along with regularly scheduled school-based trainings and professional development days.
During the 2009-10 school year, ABA coaches offered monthly ABA trainings to teachers. These trainings provided teachers with formal professional development on communication, social skills, and principles of ABA outside of the classroom to supplement the in-class support provided by the coaches.
Two DCPS autism teachers also are on their way to becoming certified behavior analysts.