cabas1Collaboration With Teachers College, Columbia University To Improve Academic Outcomes For Children With Disabilities

Following a rigorous, year-long assessment process, Rockland BOCES has received formal accreditation by the CABAS® Professional Advisory Board for seven district-based elementary CABAS® classrooms in the Nanuet, South Orangetown and Clarkstown school districts.

Originally developed by educational experts at Teachers College, Columbia University, the CABAS® (Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling) program is based on the principles and behavior change tactics of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). By partnering with Columbia University, Rockland BOCES offers a student centered, data driven and research-based program specific to the needs of each individual learner. The goal is to foster each student’s development across all areas of academic, behavioral, physical and social domains.

“This is a very proud moment for Rockland BOCES,” said Chief Operating Officer Mary Jean Marsico, Ed.D. “We work extremely hard to ensure our children and adolescents with disabilities receive measurement-based, individualized education.  The CABAS® accreditation allows for superior learning based exclusively on scientific procedures. This incredible accomplishment is a milestone – not the finish line – reflecting the commitment and dedication of our Rockland BOCES special education team.”

CABAS® classrooms at Rockland BOCES have a student-to-teacher-to-teaching assistant ratio of 8:1:2.  Children are grouped according to age, as well as academic, social, communication, self-management and behavioral needs. When appropriate, and as per their Individualized Education Plan, CABAS® students are mainstreamed with regular-education students in both academic and non-academic subjects. Thus, strengths and weaknesses in academic, social and self-management skills are taken into consideration when placing students in these settings.

All Rockland BOCES CABAS® classroom teachers hold New York State certification in both regular and special education and are current Ph.D. students in the Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis (TABA) program at Teachers College. Each of the instructors have also completed at least 2 CABAS® Board Certified Teacher ranks. The teaching assistants in BOCES’ CABAS® classes hold New York State Teaching Assistant certification and many are Masters students in the TABA program. On-site mentoring and supervision is provided five days a week by CABAS® Board certified behavior analysts and consultants.

The district-based classrooms within Rockland BOCES are currently located in the following schools:

  • George Miller Elementary School, Nanuet, 2 classrooms, Grades K-2
  • Link Elementary School, New City,  2 classrooms, Grades K-2 and 3-5
  • Tappan Zee Elementary School, Piermont, 3 classrooms, Grades K-2 and 3-5