31st Annual Conference of the Standard Celeration Society and Precision Teaching Conference: Seattle, Washington

Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 8:00 AM – Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 5:00 PM PST Westin

Keynotes, Workshops, Presentations, and Discussion Topics

  • Student Engagement: Connecting with Students at the Heart
  • Curriculum Design, Assessment, and Instruction with All Learners
  • TAG Teaching and Fluency Based Instruction for Children and Adult Learners
  • Sharing measurement tools with Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists
  • Precision Teaching with Progress Monitoring and Response To Intervention (RTI)
  • Therapy and Self-Development: Counting and Changing Thoughts and Feelings
  • Research: Topics and Designs for Grad Students and Researchers
  • Exploratory Data Analysis in any field with the Standard Celeration Chart
  • Business Development: Planning, Marketing, and Management
  • Staff Training, Digital Learning Technologies, and much more…

Invited Presentations

Revolutionizing Medical Training with Fluency Based Instruction and TAG Teaching
I. Martin Levy, MD, Einstein College of Medicine

Building Organizations to Disseminate Behavior Science
Jose A. Martinez-Diaz, PhD, BCBA-D, Florida Institute of Technology

Getting Dirty with Data…Precisely: Analysis and Discovery with the Standard Celeration Chart
Kerri Milyko, PhD, Precision Teaching Learning Center

Our Invited Speakers

Cathy Watkins
Cathy Watkins

Professor Emerita at California State University, Stanislaus

From Firm to Fluent: Adding Precision Teaching to Direct Instruction

2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Project Follow Through, a large scale educational experiment in which curricula and instructional methods reflecting different philosophies of learning were designed, implemented, and evaluated.  Results of the 30 million dollar evaluation showed the Direct Instruction model was clearly superior for improving student outcomesin basic academic skills, complex cognitive tasks, and affective areas such as self-concept and responsibility.

Around this same time, Ogden Lindsley introduced Precision Teaching, which established methods and procedures for systematic and precise evaluation of instruction. The Precision Teaching Project in Great Falls, Montana demonstrated that daily timed practice and use of the Standard Celeration Chart for instructional decision-making produced significant student gains.

Binder and Watkins (1990) maintained that the strengths of Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching complement one another. Direct Instruction programs provide teachers with materials and procedures that are designed to promote mastery.  Teachers are directed to “repeat until firm” when teaching critical skills, but what constitutes firm performance is not clearly specified.  Developing proficiency requires a substantial amount of practice, often beyond that which is prescribed in a typical DI lesson. Precision Teaching offers standard measurement practices to evaluate learning and enables teachers to create efficient practice exercises to develop fluent performance.

In this session, Cathy Watkins will consider how these two powerful educational technologies can be combined to unlock the potential of all learners.  Cathy will describe essential features of Direct Instruction that contribute to student success. She will discuss why teachers should incorporate Precision Teaching practices into daily lessons and how they can do so, including selecting key skills in the curriculum and designing practice materials.

Mary Sawyer
Mary Sawyer

Co-Founder, Director FIT Learning, Atlanta; Executive Director of the Aubrey Daniels Institute

Implementing Fluency Based Instruction: In Search of Reinforcement

Dr. Aubrey Daniels has been a pioneer and widely published thought leader in the application of behavior science to performance management for over four decades. He has also had an interest in fluency-based instructional methods since the 1960’s, when Ogden Lindsley first introduced him to Precise Behavior Management and the standard celeration chart. In this presentation, Dr. Daniels and his business partner, Dr. Mary Sawyer, will review efforts from Aubrey’s history to introduce fluency-based learning into adult training and management environments, highlighting some of the lessons learned about what it takes to engage learners
and the decision-makers who support them. As you might expect, much of this history involves identifying, or failing to identify, the reinforcing consequences for the behavior of users/learners and of organizational managers and leaders who fund programs for them. More recently, Aubrey and Mary have partnered to open Fit Learning Atlanta and collaborated through the Aubrey Daniels Institute with Fit Learning and Chartlytics to take precision teaching and fluency-based instructional methods to the schools of Lake City, SC, the town where Aubrey grew up. Efforts to implement and sustain the results have involved identifying reinforcing consequences for students, teachers, and the administrators who allow and ultimately need to support the effort. Aubrey has often noted that the reinforcers of support staff are not always what you think they will be. This presentation weaves his long history of interest in fluency-based instructional methods with the search for reinforcers to introduce and sustain their use.

Audrey Daniels
Audrey Daniels

Co-Founder, Director FIT Learning, Atlanta; Founder and Chairman Aubrey Daniels International

Surya Vanka
Surya Vanka

Founder & Chief Designer AUTHENTIC

Parallels and Insights: Design Thinking and Behavior Science

Design has become synonymous with innovation. Organizations are investing in Design Thinking to win in competitive global markets marked by radical technology shifts and unprecedented business disruption. The discipline of Design Thinking, which drives rigorous
training and methodology practiced in design schools and commercial design firms, incorporates principles and techniques that parallel discoveries from behavior science and methods used in Precision Teaching and Generative Instruction. In this session, global design innovation leader, Surya Vanka, will provide an overview of Design Thinking and identify parallels that have intrigued him as he has learned about our applications of behavior science. He will then facilitate discussion about possible implications and insights to enrich our conceptual appreciation and professional practice.

Carl Binder

Carl Binder

CEO, Performance Thinking Network

Accomplishment Based Performance Improvement for Organizations and Individuals

Dr. Tom Gilbert, author of the groundbreaking book, Human Competence: Engineering Worthy Performance, encouraged those interested in human performance to focus on the valuable products of behavior, which he called accomplishments, rather than on behavior itself, which he described as costly. When we anchor analysis of performance in valuable accomplishments, and
then identify behavior needed to produce those accomplishments at a high level, we link the behavior of people to the value they deliver to the organization and to society through the valuable accomplishments. Carl Binder has been developing a user-friendly accomplishment-based approach to performance improvement, for initiatives and projects as well as for individual and team development, for nearly four decades. He uses two simple models and 21 plain language words to enable communication and collaboration for performance improvement across all levels and functions in an organization. He has developed a plain English framework called The Six Boxes® Model, currently used in companies and non-profit organizations around the globe, for analyzing and configuring all the environmental and individual factors that influence behavior. Carl will summarize the evolution of and rationale for this approach, which began when he first applied discoveries from precision teaching to corporate training during the early 1980’s. He’ll describe how to apply his Performance Thinking® methodology to drive continuous performance improvement and management for organizations and individuals, in educational and human services organizations, as well as in Fortune 500 companies.

Registration Prices

registration scheduled to open late August

Conference Logistics

Alaska Airlines-- Group Discount

Our conference committee has secured a group discount to support our members traveling from out of town. Please email us at web@celeration.org to receive our discount coupon code.

Make your reservations now

Westin Downtown is located in the heart of Seattle’s downtown district: walking distance to the lightrail, restaurants, shopping, and the famous Pike’s Place Market. You’ll definitely want to extend your stay to enjoy all the sites this great city has to offer.  More travel details coming soon!

Sponsors of our Conference provide resources for us to expand our offerings–bringing in thought leaders, recording events for future access, delicious meals, and more. Through monetary or in-kind donations of time and resources, they help the SCS extend our message to reach new audiences . We thank them for their support.

2017 Diamond Sponsors

2017 Gold Sponsors

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