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Data-Based Decision Making in Social & Emotional Learning: How Do We Write Measurable Goals?
August 8, 10:05-11:35am

Melanie DuBard, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Clinical Director, The Bradley School-South County
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  • Special education, behavior/mental health, K-12
  • Audience cap: 26 

Social emotional learning is the method by which individuals learn about their own and others' emotions and how to regulate their emotional response in situations that can be challenging. Many situations arise throughout the school day from interactions with peers to interactions with curriculum that may pose a challenge to our students. We have to be able to assess their ability to cope, identify methods to teach them when they cannot cope, and monitor their progress with skills acquisition if they are to be successful in school and beyond. This is no easy task and requires thoughtful planning on the part of the school team to determine the problem, the best way to teach and how to demonstrate success or lack of success in a data based manner.

This presentation will discuss how to go about identifying the most critical social emotional needs of a student, how to gather appropriate baseline data, and how to write a goal that is measurable and attainable within an IEP. Participants will have time to work through some case examples in small groups and create appropriate data collection systems and IEP goals. This meets the conference mission by providing an opportunity for teachers to hear about a way to address social emotional learning with students in the classroom from a hands on perspective based on current practice.


Melanie DuBard, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is currently the Clinical Director of the Bradley School-South County. She is a licensed psychologist and doctoral level behavior analyst and has been working in schools for over 15 years.

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