COMMUNITY-BASED INSTRUCTION

Community-Based Instruction (CBI) is a research-based strategy that promotes the functional acquisition of skills in natural settings, specifically for students with disabilities. The program in the Englewood Public Schools is offered at McCloud (grades 4-5-6), J.E. Dismus Middle School (grades 7-8) and Dwight Morrow High School (grades 9-12).


CBI is designed for students who need systematic instruction in functional and daily living skills and is documented in the IEP of a student participant as an instructional strategy and component of his/her transition plan. CBI is a strategy that is sequential and ongoing. The specific areas that are focused on are:

  • Vocational: Students learn about community workers and participate in on-campus as well as off-campus career exploration. They also learn related employability skills such as being on time, staying on task, following rules and instruction, and other work-related skills.

  • Domestic: Skill areas include self-care, personal grooming, wellness and nutrition and home care such as laundry, housekeeping, cooking and meal planning.

  • Community: Students learn about, and use various transportation modes. They visit and use places in the community including libraries, restaurants, shopping centers/malls, the post office, and convenience stores.

  • Recreation and Leisure: The focus is on learning how to utilize public recreation options and to plan personal leisure time. Students also participate in recreational activities at places like the Ice Rink, local bowling lanes, tennis courts, and Overbeck Park.

The NJ DOE defines Community Based Instruction as follows: CBI means an instructional method involving the use of sustained and repeated instructional activities that take place in various natural community environments outside of the school building in order to facilitate skill development and generalization. Community-Based Instruction goals are directly related to objectives written in the students' Individual Education Programs (IEPs), and therefore, they reflect the individual needs of each student.

 

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INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS: OVERVIEW

Ivy Program

Created for academically advanced students, the program emphasizes learning experiences that push the level of conceptualization and analysis of complex ideas and problems. Beginning in the 3rd grade, the Ivy Program provides sequentially more complex learning tasks and presentation skills. The goal is for Ivy students to qualify for Academies@Englewood in the top 10% of Bergen County applicants. Admittance to and continuation in the Ivy Program requires the demonstration of expected skills and participation in program projects and an annual application.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE IVY PROGRAM

Created for academically advanced students, the program emphasizes learning experiences that push the level of conceptualization and analysis of complex ideas and problems. Beginning in the 3rd grade, the Ivy Program provides sequentially more complex learning tasks and presentation skills. The goal is for Ivy students to qualify for the high school's Academies@Englewood program in the top 10% of Bergen County applicants. Admittance to and continuation in the Ivy Program requires the demonstration of expected skills and participation in program projects.

There are changes to the Ivy Program for grades 3-5 for 2016-2017. The criteria for students in 2nd grade will remain the same for now. The new process for students in the 3rd grade requires an application.

Current 2nd Graders:

  • Reading Grade must meet or exceed grade level at the end of the 2nd marking period (E or M)

  • Writing Grade must meet or exceed grade level at the end of the 2nd marking period (E or M)

  • Math Grade must meet or exceed grade level at the end of the 2nd marking period (E or M)

  • Exact Path Assessment 

    • 2nd Grade LAL

    • 2nd Grade Math

  • Report Card: Maintain E's and M's in Related Arts classes to include Physical Education, Art, Music Computers, World Language and Mandarin for the 2015-2016 reporting period

New Criteria for Current 3rd - 5th Graders:

  • Completed and submitted Ivy Application

  • Paper-based Math Assessment (80% or greater)

  • Paper-based Reading Comprehension Assessment (80% or greater)

  • Paper-based Writing Assessment (7 or greater according to the state writing rubric)

  • Reading Level on or above grade level according to a district-wide recognized assessment

All required assessments will be timed and administered during the school day. Any non-Englewood Public School District student will be contacted with assessment administration date and time.

Nuevocriterios Para Grados 3 - 5

  • Aplicacion completada y entregada antes de la fecha limite

  • Calificacion del 80% o superior en la evaluacion de Matematicas

  • Calificacion del 80% o superior en la evaluacion de comprension de lecura

  • Evaluacion de escritura (7 o mas acuerdo con la escala de medicion del el estado)

  • Nivel de lectura sobre o por encima del nivel de grado de acuerdo con una evaluacion de todo el distrito reconocido

Todas las evaluaciones requerdas seran cronometradas y administrados durante el dia escolar. Cualquier estudiante qu no estudia en la Escuelas publicas del Distrito de Englewood se pondra en contacto con la fecha y el tiempo de administracion evaluacion.