17 Oct

View the pictures of CLM Learners at Stuarts Draft High School in Pennsylvania

The staff is doing an awesome, awesome job —– and two of their learners were Homecoming 2017 Prince and Princess!

Their homecoming float won!!!!

Thanks to Kristan Zaccaria for sending me this information and photos. She is such a GREAT Certified CLM Coordinator and Coach. In addition, to being a BCBA.

Princess and Prince of Homecoming 2017 at Stuart Draft High School in Pennsylvania.
28 Mar

CLM Success Stories!

If you are interested in viewing the possible outcomes of CLM Programming, watch the video, Case Studies.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education produced the following video to document the effects of the CLM. An observer is provided with an opportunity to view how 8 naive learners acquire the competencies to perform successfully in their learning environments (school, home, and community) over the course of a year. Each Case Study illustrates the benefits to each learner and his/her instructors who are implementing the CLM. Parents, Teachers, Para-professionals, and Administrators talk about how the CLM has positively impacted their learners and their learning environments.

3 Feb



Please help acknowledge Maribel Castillo, BCBA  for submitting a total of 6 ISPCs during the month of January.

This valuable coaching tool is very beneficial for our staff in developing skilled CLM implementers.

Special thanks to the direct service staff who collaboratively completed the ISPCs with Maribel.  Much appreciation to Vanessa Avalos, Christian Cardenas, Mayra Meneses, Ivette Olvera Flores, Jaclyn Pickering and Frank Rameriz.

Kudos to Jen Woolfoot, BCBA and Mayra MenesesBelinda Goodwin and Roxana Virgen as well as Liz Hernandez and Flora Yu for submitting ISPCs in January.

Looking forward to seeing many more ISPCs being submitted during the month of February.  Want to be included in February ‘s ISPC shout out?  Simply participate in completing an ISPC with your Coach, Coordinator or BCBA.  A section or the complete ISPC can be filled out, depending on the staff’s completion of the Course of Study and experience.   A PDF version of the ISPC is attached.

Thanks for all that you are continuing to do for your learners.

Rae-Ann Arevalo


Director Of Staff Development

CLM Certified Coach

Tucci Learning Solutions

6 Hangar Way Suite A
Watsonville, CA 95076

Mobile:  (408) 315-7353   Fax: (831)786-0644    

Office Hours:  Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 am-4:00 pm 
17 Jan

“The Competent Learner Model: The Merging of Applied Behavior Analysis, Direct Instruction, and Precision Teaching”

Shonnet Brand, BCBA and Certified CLM Coach and Coordinator, made me a very happy “camper” this morning. She shared with me that a student she is supervising at Nova Southeastern University first assigned reading this semester is, “The Competent Learner Model: The Merging of Applied Behavior Analysis, Direct Instruction, and Precision Teaching”. Her course is being taught by David Nevel.



17 Jan

NEWS – Parent Training at OBS

Go, Shonnet Brand! Bringing the power of CLM to parent training and producing valuable and replicable results!

December 16, 2016 | Outpatient

Outpatient Behavior Services Supervisors Shonnet Brand and Tonya Lambert sit around a conference table with a group of four parents of young clients. In front of them is a chart—big and detailed and awash with color.  The chart lays out the ways that a curriculum based on…


17 Jan


Please join me in congratulating, the first university-based Cohort to complete the CLM Coordinator Certificate Program.

These ladies completed a 12 credit program designed to support competencies in managing large scale CLM Implementations. These ladies stuck together for almost three years, across multiple time zones, their own work and personal pressures, and a pause in their coursework due to my unexpected stroke. They committed to learning and growing together, showed genuine vulnerability in their bravery to push themselves and each other outside of their comfort zones and expand their understanding of the importance of this work to assure that learners from around the globe will experience the benefits of the CLM program.

The CLM Coordinator Certificate courses provide the foundations to apply competencies in leadership, organizational change, implementation science and project design and management to the implementation of the Competent Learner Model and other evidence-based instructional methods.


19 Dec

Future Rehabilitation Centre Symposium 2016

Dear Vicci and Nipa,

Please see the link below for our symposium that was held on November 19, 2016. At this symposium, the CLM Re-Accreditation Certificate was presented to Sheikh Nahyan who is the president of the Future Rehabilitation Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

All the best and thank you both for being with us.

Regards, Dr. Mowfaq Mustafa (Director)

23 Nov

The Future Centre for Special Needs of AbuDhabi was Re-Accredited as a CLM Organization this past week for the third time.

A US Embassy Official presented the certificate to Sheikh Nahyan who is the president of the organization. Dr. Mowfaq Mustafa is the Director of the organization.

Nipa Bhuptani was the first Certified CLM Coach who started the CLM Implementation over nine years ago. The CLM programming has sustained because she and her CLM Colleagues have done a wonderful job implementing the Competent Learner Model with fidelity. At least 3 of the original instructors have become BCBAs over the years.

Currently, Nipa is the Regional Associate for Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc. She has the exclusive rights to implement the CLM in UAE. Also, she and her colleagues provide other forms of ABA services through her own organization, ABTI Applied & Behavioral Training Institute. URL:https://www.facebook.com/ABTInstitute/?pnref=story

Please click the URL below to watch a video of the ceremony. The video is in Arabic but I encourage you to watch it for a few minutes cause Sheikh Nahyan presents the CLM Learners with a recognition certificate. You will be able to see why I am sooooo proud of these Competent Learners and their implementers.

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfHZcufZo2Q


23 Nov

Liz Hernandez’ 20 Year Recognition Award

Liz Hernandez was recently recognized for 20 years of dedicated service with Tucci Learning Solutions.  We at TUCCi congratulate her for her loyal commitment to the learners and their families who receive ABA services from our company.

Vicci Tucci worked very cooperatively with Liz Hernandez starting 20 years ago in South Monterey School Districts. She is still known for her loving support for parents and educators when it comes to serving their learners. Vicci thinks she is as capable of formulating and delivering ABA practices as most BCBAs. Also, she shared with us that Liz knows as much about the Competent Learner Model (CLM) as she does. The children in South Monterey County are lucky she is delivering evidenced-based ABA practices.

Thank you Liz!   We wish you continued success in your career.


Liz' 20yr with Tucci Certificate

20 Sep

Shout out to David Peasley for getting his M.A. from FIT!!!!!!

Hi everyone, I just needed to thank you all and Tucci for all of your support during the past years as I worked toward this. I now have a M.A. in Professional Behavior Analysis from FIT, and your support was truly instrumental in this achievement. Thank you again! Go ABA! Go Tucci! – David Peasley, M.A. 🙂

Congratulations David from all of us. We are so happy to know you have accomplished your goal and is an honor to have you as one of our TUCCi Learning Solutions (CLM) Team Members.


David Peasley with his son Fox
29 Aug

8th Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis

So happy that Nipa Nipa Gandhi Bhuptani and her CLM Colleagues are presenting at the European ABA Conference. So proud of them!” – Vicci Tucci


Over a 1year period, 5 children with ASD (age 2-4 years) and their instructors have been part of an early intervention as well as instructors training program. For the training of its instructors, this program uses the Competent Learner Model’s (CLM) online instructors training & …. http://www.europeanaba.org/events/submission/11/335

23 Aug

Liz Hernandez 20 year anniversary with Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc.

It is an honor for us to have the opportunity to dedicate this award to Liz Hernandez for her 20 years of service.

Liz' 20yr with Tucci Certificate

Vicci Tucci worked very cooperatively with Liz Hernandez starting 20 years ago in South Monterey School Districts.  She is still known for her loving support for parents and educators when it comes to serving their learners. Vicci thinks she is as capable of formulating and delivering ABA practices as most BCBAs. Also, she shared with us that Liz knows as much about the Competent Learner Model (CLM) as she does. The children in South Monterey County are lucky she is delivering evidenced-based ABA practices.

22 Aug


So excited for my CLM Colleagues in Palermo…

“The CLM Parents in Palermo, Sicily continue to be supported by their government officials to implement the Competent Learner Model. Khaty Costumati is one of those parents. She is the Regional Associate for Tucci Learning Solutions and a Certified CLM Coach. She along with other parents continue to seek this support! Much Respect and Appreciation, Vicci Tucci”.



2 Aug

Congratulations to our latest graduate of the CLM!

Shared by Rachel Tololi, CLM Coordinator.

It’s a proud day for the Competent Learner Model! I would like to announce our latest graduate of the CLM: Creighton Lee!!🎉👏Creighton is a dynamic young man who is kind, caring, and a hard worker. He has persevered with his family and CLM team to become a competent learner across all repertoires. His CLM team couldn’t be more proud of all his accomplishments.
Creighton you have been such a pleasure to work with and have left a smile on everyones’ hearts from which have worked with you.

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Creighton Lee-1

6 May

Melissa Hensley is VA’s Principal of the Year!!

Missy Hensley, Principal at Central High School, has just been named the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) Principal of the Year!  She has also being highly supportive on the implementation of the CLM.

Melissa Hensleynew

Read more about her accomplishment here http://www.shenandoah.k12.va.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3199965&pageId=26762330

24 Mar

Congratulations Ning!!!

We would like to formally congratulate Ning on passing her BCBA exam this month, this is a huge accomplishment for Ning, and Tucci Learning Solutions is incredibly proud of this huge professional mile stone!! We look forward to integrating her newly certified qualifications, and continue to provide excellent services to our learners and families.

From: Everyone at Tucci
23 Nov

Congratulations Ilene Candreva!

Ilene’s first day of work at TUCCi


llene has been successfully checked out of units 0-12 of the CLM Course of Study.  And she did it within her personal deadline of one year of starting employment with TUCCi. It’s been a wonderful opportunity for me to Coach her through the units. Her next step is to complete Unit 100 and then become a Certified Coach. Yay Ilene! – Rae-Ann Arevalo, Coordinator and Certified Coach with Tucci Learning Solutions.


So incredible! What an achievement!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! – Kristen Wood.


Awesome, great job Ilene now you can help us motivate people to complete. – Shawn Lerma

Ilene with her happy headband 🙂
5 Oct

Central High Shool – Woodstock, VA The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

On Tuesday, Central High School was given the Blue Ribbon Award. Central High School is in Shenandoah County in Virginia. The principal is Melissa Hensley.

I visited with the LIFE post graduate program and the recycling program just a few months ago. The Competent Learner Model (CLM) is in place in the aforementioned programs. I was very impressed with their CLM Implementations.

Thanks for the Certified CLM Coach, Kristina Zaccaria, for sharing this article with us.


8 Jun

Another Success Story on the Delivery of the CLM

Thomas’s Mother, Kimi Villalobos wrote the following comments about Tucci Learning Solutions’ Staff about their delivery of the CLM: “Vero Nica, Kelly Jo Schwisow-Nease, Rachel Tololi, Vicci Tucci, Ronette Parker, Kim Tankersley, Cherie Francek Gill,Tina Gularte, David Peasley and so many more, supported and helped him succeed. When entering kindergarten we were told he wouldn’t accomplish this. It was all of you believing in him that made this happen”

“He is a perfect example of a learner who learned to excel, and became a competent learner, due to your wonderful program! I will never be able to express in words how grateful I am to you. It’s why I’m so passionate about our work, I know it works and have seen it happen in not only Thomas but so many other learners as well! Thank you for always supporting us!”

“I also wanted to tell you how many of the other kids at graduation came up to him and wanted pictures with him. He had so many “typical” kids who accepted and supported him throughout his school years and, really like him! It was heartwarming to see. Again, I thank you!”

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Kimi Villalobos & her son Thomas Villalobos
Thomas & Rachel
Thomas Villalobos & Rachel Tololi, CLM Coordinator
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Thomas Villalobos on his graduation day.
4 May

Please visit the West Virginia University Nursery School in Morgantown W.Va.

One of the best nursery schools in the whole world!

Since 1980, Dr. Bobbie Warash has been the Director. The new state-of-the-art building in Krepps Park was opened in 2009. Throughout this rich history, Dr. Warash continues to be an advocate for preschool children and their families throughout the state. Melissa Workman is the Associate Director and Head Teacher. They are both in photos below.

Excerpts about their philosophy and engineered learning environments:

The Child Development Laboratory is arranged so that children have the opportunity to interact with objects, peers, and teachers. Children are encouraged to explore and share their ideas by talking to one another. Since children are active learners and construct knowledge from the activities they plan and carry out, traditional methods of instruction such as sitting at desks and completing worksheets are not used at the Lab. Instead, the children have a vast array of learning stations from which to choose.

Play is also an important component of The Lab School philosophy. Play is viewed as a vehicle for learning and creative thought. The Child Development Laboratory provides a child oriented environment for children to spontaneously explore through play. Children also have play plans to dictate and write their plans for more mature play.

Most of the day is child-directed, but the curriculum also includes teacher directed activities. The curriculum areas include reading, math, science, social studies, creative movement, art and messy play, computers, and specially designed projects. The program uses an integrated approach in teaching subject matter. Numerous projects are conducted that include the above curriculum areas. The activities planned are developmentally appropriate for preschool children and follow the guidelines set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

URL: http://nurseryschool.wvu.edu/






24 Mar

Comments from a CLM Coach-in-Training in UAE

I just received a set of comments from a CLM Coach-in-Training in UAE. I had just reviewed her videos coaching Instructors and wrote her to express how pleased I was by her performance. Following are her comments:

“I am so thankful to Nipa Bhuptani for having brought CLM into my life and to you Vicci for having put together such a wonderful curriculum.

I have been working in the field of special needs for close to 20 years and especially with individuals with Autism and had constantly felt a need to search for a better program and finally with CLM I feel at peace and am confident that my program will definitely benefit my learner. In fact I want EVERY learner and parent to get the opportunity of being guided by the CLM curriculum!

Nipa has been a wonderful guide and mentor as a CLM coach and I hope I can support her in her vision to expand CLM in the UAE region and serve more families.”

Regards, Rekha Warrier living in UAE

Rekha Warrier, UAE

17 Mar

Michelle Hill’s Educational Goal Achievement

Michelle HillI have the best job in the world. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing a naive learner say their first words, maybe after years of people believing they would never talk.

“The CLM taught me how to be an effective instructor and how to achieve positive outcomes for my learners.” – Michelle became a BCaBA back in May 2014

No one can understand the joy I feel when I walk in a client’s home and see them light up with joy because we are going to play. Everyday of my life is about the small things. One day at a time I watch children develop into competent learners. I see them grow to their full potential.

My job used to be all about me directly working with the clients to achieve those outcomes. My reinforcer for many years was knowing that because of me, and my team, my clients are able to ask for the things they need, persist through challenging tasks, and participate in activities with their peers. Now my reinforcer is watching my teams achieve those outcomes and watching naive instructors effectively implement components of the CLM curriculum. I love hearing a new staff members in their journey discovering their potential as an instructor or problem solving to find what consequences are maintaining problem behavior or hearing them tell me that we need a richer schedule of reinforcement, because now I get to work in a capacity that helps me to impact even more learners and helping more educators provide free and appropriate education.

Shortly after graduating from High School I was working as an instructional aide for a local agency and felt rather lost without any training. I was lucky to have a TUCCi coach named Ian Clark working in that classroom with me. He started coaching me on how to condition myself as a preferred instructor. He taught how to use operant conditioning to help teach my learner, by the end of the year I knew I wanted to work for TUCCi so I could learn all about Applied Behavior Analysis. To this day this chance encounter has been one of the luckiest incidents in my life. Had I not met this TUCCi team, I may have never been introduced to the vast potential I had as an instructor.

The CLM taught me how to be an effective instructor and how to achieve positive outcomes for my learners. I can’t speak highly enough about the CLM and Vicci Tucci, what Vicci had developed is incredibly comprehensive and thorough. I have watched so many naive instructors blossom into effective teachers through CLM implementations and a team effort on individual cases. The CLM helps these instructors and their learner reach their full potential. As my understanding of the field grows, I am more and more inspired to achieve higher educational goals.

I moved to Hawaii to complete my Bachelors degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I worked for a number of agencies while living there and was terribly disappointed to find that not all companies follow best practices. I encountered a number of situations that drew me back to TUCCi. I found that my supervisors weren’t up to date on best practices and what they expected me to teach wasn’t socially significant to the individual learners. I left Hawaii because I wanted to learn from and work with the best.

I recently became a associate behavior analyst (BCaBA). I associate this success with the nurturing environment I work in. I owe a lot my success to being exposed to amazing CLM coaches like Christina Lovaas and Danielle Jolley as they believed in me and have always supported me in my journey through the years. I believe that great leaders have been given the chance to prove themselves. Someone in their career identified them and took the time to pass on their knowledge and expertise to help them grow to their potential. This is exactly what my wonderful team in San Jose has done for me. I will forever be thankful for this transfer of knowledge and for all the support. I look forward to working with up and coming therapists like Nicole Cunha, David David, and Emily Pusateri and being able to support them as they grow within our company.