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Dr. Denise Ross-Page and Dr. R. Douglas Greer Podcast

Dr. Ross-Page and Dr. Greer were recently guests on ABA Inside Track discussing  behavioral components of literacy skills, a strategic science of teaching, and current research on teaching reading.  Click here to hear the podcast.    

Articles referenced in the podcast:

Gentilini, L.M. & Greer, R.D. (2021). The effect of the establishment of conditioned reinforcement for reading content on second-graders’ reading achievement. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 14, 141-160. doi: 10.1007/s40617-020-00511-1


Hernandez, Donald J. (2011). Double jeopardy: How third-grade reading skills and poverty influence high school graduation. The Annie E. Casey Foundation: New York, NY.


Hugh-Pennie, A.K., Hernandez, M., Uwayo, M., Johnson, G., & Ross, D. (2021). Culturally relevant pedagogy and applied behavior analysis: Addressing educational disparities in PK-12 schools. Behavior Analysis in Practice. doi: 10.1007/s40617-021-00655-8


Ross-Page, D.E. & Greer, R.D. (in press). An introduction to a strategic science of teaching. In D. Ross-Page & R.D. Greer (Eds.),When text speaks: Learning to read & reading to learn (pp. 1-21). Sloan Publishing.


The 12th International CABAS® Conference


The12th International CABAS Conference  will be held in Houston/The Woodlands, Texas March 2024.

A highlight of the conference will be a tour of the Thrive Center for Success – the first CABAS® based public charter school in the United States

Be on the lookout for more information!

2023 Summer Institute Registration OPEN!

The 2023 CABAS Summer Institute registration is now open!  The course will be held over two sessions, July 25 and August 1 from 7-9pm EST.  Session 1 highlights  include updates from the ELCAR 2nd Edition; review of updated screening procedures, updates to early protocols and a review of the changes to the Achievement Record Book.  Session 2 will cover updates to the ELCAR manual regarding the decision protocol analysis, implementation of the decision protocol and strategic analysis decisions. 

Instructors for the course are Claire Cahill, Lin Du, Jennifer Longano, JeanneMarie Speckman, Jo Ann Pereira Delgado and Jessica Dudek.

Visit the Summer Institute page to learn more about the course and to register.

Call for Faculty

In response to new CABAS® initiatives and a growing interest in a Strategic Science of Teaching, the FASST Board of Directors is seeking FASST faculty applicants.  


Approved faculty may be called upon to:

  • Provide CABAS® CEUs;

  • Teach Strategic Science of Teaching courses;

  • Provide consultation  to CABAS® schools;

  • and/or conduct CABAS® accreditation site visits

A minimum of a CABAS® Master Teacher rank is required to apply.  Click here to download the application.  FASST website  


Please email questions to







Supplemental Instructional Videos and

Manuals for the ELCAR

The following instructional videos and manuals for identifying and establishing verbal behavior developmental cusps and capabilities are available for purchase:

1. Mirror Protocol to Induce Generalized Imitation

2. Conditioned Reinforcement for 2D Stimuli Protocol

3. Conditioned Reinforcement for Adults' Faces Protocol

4. Naming Protocol

5. Observational Learning Protocol

6. Intensive Tact Protocol

To purchase any of the instructional materials, please email Dr. Lin Du at

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FASST/CABAS® Teacher Training Initiative



FASST offers an Introduction to Strategic Science of Teaching 6-week course as an introduction to CABAS® two times a year (offered as a virtual synchronous course) and 6 BACB CEUs are offered for this sequence upon completion.

 Additionally, a four-course sequence that is aligned to the CABAS® Teacher rank competencies is offered. Mastery of course components will lead to CABAS® Teacher 1 rank competencies.  This specific sequence is designed to teach components of teaching children that have been identified in research and practice as best predictors of student learning. Courses are offered both virtually and in person. Interested parties can apply here.

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Online CABAS® Presentations

FASST Board Approves Initiative Applications


The FASST Board of Directors has approved two applications for individuals or organizations interested in collaborating with FASST on CABAS or other strategic science of teaching projects.


Applications may be submitted as non-funded or  funded requests.  To learn more about FASST initiatives and the application process,  click here.

Guest presenters from the CABAS community continue to present virtual events and training series.   Previous events have included webinars on Verbal Behavior Development Theory, the Decision Protocol, and Bidirectional Naming.

A future ELCAR workshop is in the planning stage  but we  want to hear from you! What presentations are you interested in?

Let us know!  Fill out  the contact form below to join our mailing list and receive notices about upcoming events and email us your suggestions to

Jigsaw CABAS® School Receives Outstanding  Designation

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services, and Skills (Ofsted) has designated Jigsaw CABAS School as an "outstanding school."  Ofsted regulates and inspects schools and other educational entities in the United Kingdom.  Jigsaw was evaluated across the following domains: effective leadership & management, quality of teaching, learning & assessment, personal development, behaviour & welfare of pupils, outcomes for pupils, and sixth form provision (the school’s provision for pupils aged 16-19 years).  To learn more about Jigsaw, click here.

Pictured below are (L-R) Emma Hawkins, PhD, PGCE, BCBA, Director of Education and CABAS Senior Behavior Analyst and Kate Grant, MSc, ACIS, BCBA, CEO of Jigsaw Trust.

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ELCAR Now Available

The Fred S. Keller school and FASST unveiled the  Early Learner Curriculum and Achievement Record (ELCAR) at the10th International CABAS Conference in New Orleans March 6-7, 2020. The assessment, curriculum, record books, and training videos are available now as a package at an introductory rate. Click here. 


CABAS® Board Announces Partnership with the Foundation for the Advancement of a Strategic Science of Teaching (FASST)


CABAS® Board Announces

New Rank

The CABAS board has announced a new rank that may be conferred by the board; the Teacher's Assistant (TA) rank.  The board has approved the new rank  for all  CABAS programs.  The board recognized a need for standard "pre-teacher" modules and solicited input from all CABAS schools in the development of the new TA rank. Click on  "CABAS Rank Descriptions" to learn more about this new rank.  4/12/19

Congratulations to Hye-Suk Lee Park, PhD, and the  KAVBA ABA Children's Center

The CABAS board has recently partnered with the newly formed  non-profit, the Foundation for the Advancement of a Strategic Science of Teaching (FASST.)  FASST's mission is to operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes to support, enhance, develop, and expand the strategic science of teaching.  FASST is committed to supporting CABAS" mission to develop and expand a learner driven science of teaching for all children.   4/12/19

TRENDS Newsletter


 Click below to read past issues of TRENDS - A CABAS Community Newsletter 

Past Issues

Spring 2023

Spring 2022

Spring 2021

Winter 2020

Summer 2019

Spring 2019


Congratulations to the KAVBA ABA Childrens's Center in South Korea for earning CABAS accreditation! Dr. Jessica Singer-Dudek (L) presents Dr. Hye-Suk Lee Park with her CABAS certificate.  The KAVBA ABA Children's Center is the 7th accredited CABAS site.Click here to learn more about the site. 12/1/18




Gentilini, L. M., & Greer, R. D. (2020). Establishment of conditioned reinforcement for reading content and effects on reading achievement for early-elementary students. The Psychological Record. https//


Gentilini, L. M., & Greer, R. D. (in press). The effect of the establishment of conditioned reinforcement for reading content on second graders reading achievement. Behavor Analysis in Practice.

Greer R. D. (2020). The selector in behavior selection. The Psychological Record,


Lanter, A. & Singer-Dudek, J.  (2020). The effects of an observational conditioning-by-denial intervention on the establishment of three observational learning cusps, European Journal of Behavior Analysis, DOI: 10.1080/15021149.2020.1724001


Morgan, G., Greer, R. D., & Fienup, D. M. (2020). Descriptive analyses of the relations between bidirectional naming, arbitrary, and non-arbitrary relations. The Psychological Record. (Online first)


Pohl, P., Douglas Greer, R., Du, L., & Lee Moschella, J. (2020). Verbal Development, Behavioral Metamorphosis, and the Evolution of Language. Perspectives on behavior science, 43(1), 215–232.


Take a look at this book review by behavior analyst Ryan O’Donnell of Verbal Behavior Analysis:

CABAS® Celebrated the 10th International CABAS® Conference


More than 130 attendees travelled to New Orleans for the 10th International CABAS® Conference held March 6-7, 2020 – one of the largest groups of attendees to date.   Over the course of 2 days, participants attended workshops on an Introduction to a Strategic Science of Teaching and Curricular and Pedagogical Advances for Accelerating Children’s Verbal Development: An Overview of

the Early Learner Curriculum and Achievement Record (ELCAR), a Poster Session, a Keynote Address, and symposia. 

A highlight of the conference was the Keynote Address by Dr. Anna Petursdottir, an associate professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department at Texas Christian University.  Dr. Petursdottir presented on The Asymmetry of Bidirectional Naming.  Dr. Petursdottir stated in her abstract, “Empirically, there seems to be an asymmetry in bidirectional naming that is not necessarily predicated by the naming hypothesis: Listener behavior emerges more readily from the establishment of speaker behavior than does speaker behavior from the establishment of listener behavior.”  

Bidirectional naming (BIN) emerged as a focus of multiple presentations;   Emma Hawkins (CABAS Jigsaw School), Francis Hwang-Nesbit, (Teachers College), Leah Friedman (Teachers College), Faheema Abdool-Ghany (Teachers College), and Cesira Farrell (Teachers College) also presented research related to BIN.

Topics of other presentations included CABAS® implementations in public school and non-school settings,   joint attention, observational learning and stimulus equivalence, emulation, and treatment efficacy, among others. 

Conference attendees were also treated to the unveiling of the newly published ELCAR.  The Fred S. Keller School and the CABAS® Advisory Board announced the newest publication; attendees had first access to the new screenings, curriculum, and achievement record.  

The conference was hosted by the Foundation for the Advancement of a Strategic Science of Teaching (FASST) and generously sponsored by the Fred S. Keller School, KAVBA ABA, Scuola delle Stelle, and Gotham Children.  The Conference Planning Committee and the FASST Board are looking forward to continued conference growth at the 11th International Conference, tentatively planned for late 2021.

Dr. Grant Gautreaux Announces New

Non-profit Foundation


Nicholls State University

ABA Program Recognized 

An article posted on the Nicholls website states " Nicholls State University has been ranked in the top 50 for its online master’s Applied Behavior Analysis program by Texas-based disabilities clinic  Action Behavior Centers. Nicholls’ program is only one of two in the world to offer certifications through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling Board, which are internationally recognized certifications. " 


TC Alumni Dr. Grant Gautreaux, AsstRS, Dr. Dolleen-Day Keohane, Assoc RS, Dr. Derek Shanman, AssocBA, and Dr. Laura Darcy, Master Teacher teach coursework in the ABA program. 

Click here  to read the full article.


Dr. Gautreaux announces the establishment of the Foundation for the Advancement of a Strategic Science of Teaching (FASST.)  FASST is a non-profit corporation and shall operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. The purpose of FASST is to support, enhance, develop, and expand the strategic science of teaching and other behavior analytic initiatives committed to a science of teaching for all learners through research, application, dissemination, and replication, of the science of behavior analysis.  Be on the lookout for the website launch and membership initiatives.  121/18

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Administrators and teaching staff share an insider view of Rockland BOCES’ success in implementing the Comprehensive Applied Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS) model with elementary level students with special needs. Rockland BOCES has utilized this data-driven, research-based model in partnership with Teachers College, Columbia University for more than 15 years.  Click on the link below to watch an overview:

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10th International CABAS® Conference Sponsors

Thank You to our 2020 sponsors.




Congratulations to Dr. Doug Greer!
Dr. Greer recieved the 2018 Jack Michael Award for ourstanding contributions to advancing the study of the analysis of behavior.  Dr. Greer received the award at ABAI San Diego in May.
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CABAS® Ranked Teachers Present

(L-R) Kelly King, CABAS Teacher II, Tricia Clement, CABAS Teacher II, Paula White, CABAS Teacher II, Sierra Savoie, CABAS Teacher II, and Lori Scott, CABAS Teacher 1 present at the Gulf Coast ABA Conference, October 12-13 in New Orleans, LA.

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