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Action Plan: Working in a SchoolGretchen SmithNational UniversityABA 610September 18, 2020
2ACTION PLANAction Plan: Working in a SchoolAs someone who wishes to work with children as a Board-Certified Behavior Instructor, Ifind it important to know what is expected of me regarding the many environments and scenarioswhere my services will be needed. One of the environments where I will need to be active in isthe school setting. I may work for a company that is contracted by schools.I may work directlyfor a school district. I may simply collaborate with a client’s teachers or administrators.Whatever role I take on, I need to be prepared to work, and to interact with, others in the schoolsetting. Developing an action plan is an excellent way to be prepared for what is expected of me,and this paper will provide a guide, which I believe I will follow, when working in schools.Before EnteringBefore I enter a new school, there are some things that I need to do to prepare forworking there. This will depend, of course, on the context of my work. Will I be working there asa behavior instructor, or as a district-hired BCBA? Will I be working from an outside agency,working on an IEP team, or will I be there to collaborate in some other way?These are all rolesthat I could have when entering a new school, and all require many similar ways of acting,although there would be some variations.Another thing that is important to have understood is what my goals will be for theinteraction. Will I be entering an IEP meeting hoping to champion some change in a client’saccommodations? Will I be entering as a part of an IEP team as an expert on my client’sbehavioral levels? Or will I be there simply working as a behavior instructor? Understanding mypurpose in the school is vital to knowing who to interact with and what my expectations are(Carr & Modzeleski, 2014).
3ACTION PLANOne of the most important things to do before entering a school for the first time is to dosome research to learn about the school, and about the individuals that I will interact with there.It is important, when meeting these individuals, to create and maintain a positive, collaborativerelationship. This could be done by letting these individuals know what my role is there, byproviding them with opportunities to ask, and have their questions answered, about my role, andpossibly by exchanging contact information. Knowing my role there will definitely changewhether or not all of these are appropriate. As a behavior instructor, for example, it may beunnecessary to exchange contact information, because my purpose there would only be toprovide behavior intervention, but as a BCBA it might be important to exchange informationwith a client’s teacher in case he or she needs to contact me about the client. It is also important