3 Jan

Shenandoah County Public Schools’ LIFE Program in VA receives National Recognition.

In addition, the LIFE Program is the recipient of the first annual CLM (Competent Learner Model) Inspired Implementation Innovation Award. Heather Miller, first teacher of the LIFE Program, Central’s principal Melissa Hensley, and current LIFE teacher Kayten Stoop, were presented the award at the Competent Learner Model Conference on October 26, 2017, in Harrisburg, PA.

In the picture is, Melissa Hensley (Principal, Central High School), Kayten Stroop (Current LIFE Program Teacher, CLM Coach in Training) Heather Miller (first teacher of LIFE program, Certified CLM Coach), Vicci Tucci (CLM Developer), Kristina Zaccaria (Certified CLM Coach, BCBA)

The CLM Award is presented in honor of the lifetime achievement of Vicci Tucci, the CLM developer. “The award recognizes CLMers,” said Cathy Scutta, Director of Global Implementations, “who seize opportunities to step into the “intersection” and illuminate the possibilities of how to innovate with CLM.”

The LIFE (Learning Independence for Everyday) program, which began in Shenandoah County in 2014-15, provides post-graduate, special education students from throughout Shenandoah County a place to transition to independence. LIFE focuses on the four specific Virginia Department of Education Special Education goals for transition to life after high school: developing independence for employment, independent living, post-secondary training, and self-determination.

Teacher Kayten Stroop, her instructional assistants, and job coach utilize the Competent Learner Model in the classroom and in the community as they help students prepare for independent living — for having “a life like yours.”

LIFE students learn various academic skills related to what they need to know as an independent adult including writing checks, addressing an envelope, and counting money. As well, they learn independent life skills such as washing clothes, preparing healthy meals, grocery shopping, and exercising. All of the LIFE students have vocational placements in the community to prepare them for independent employment. In addition, the students complete various community service projects such as ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, singing at local nursing homes, and cleaning local parks with the Public Works Department.

The Competent Learner Model is described as a “best practice” instructional model that has proven successful with students who have challenging behaviors or intellectual disabilities. Behavior analysis, Precision Teaching, and Direct instruction form the foundation of the Competent Learner Model. Students focus on improving their skills in behaviors that a person habitually uses: participating, problem solving, listening, talking, reading, writing, and observing. As their capability in these areas increases, students will become competent or capable learners.

The LIFE program was “Ms. Hensley’s vision,” said Heather Miller, who was the program’s first teacher. “And would not have happened without the support of the Shenandoah County School Board.” The LIFE program is housed in a renovated space at Central High School. SCPS’s Maintenance Department converted the girls’ locker room into an apartment that includes a kitchen, living room, and dining room area. There is also a space for instruction, an area for laundry, and a private bathroom and shower room. The exterior door leads into a small courtyard where students are responsible for light yard work. “The LIFE Program and the implementation of CLM would not be possible without the support of Instructional Assistants Cindy Ritter and Deb Truban, Job Coach Laura Maynard, Coach Kristina Zaccaria, Central High School Administration, Shenandoah County Public Schools, Cathy Scutta, and Vicci Tucci. ”The success of the LIFE Program is the result of the hard work put in by many dedicated people. It truly takes a village, and I am so honored to be a part of this village!” said Kayten Stroop.

27 Dec

Congratulations!!!

TUCCi’s newest BCBA and BCaBA

Exciting news

Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc. is excited to announce that Amy Adams is the company’s newest BCaBA. Amy is a coordinator. Amber Mercer joins Amy as the company’s newest BCBA. Amber a the Regional Coordinator.

Amy Adams (L) & Amber Mercer (R)

 

Both employees work in the Santa Clara region.

Way to go Amy and Amber!

Congratulations on achieving this career milestone. We are so happy and proud that you are part of TUCCi.

Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc.

19 Dec

Spotlight Virginia – Montevideo Middle School Peer Mentoring Program

Congratulations to Janine Bailey and Linda Dillashaw, at Rockingham Middle School in VA. These fine ladies have been implementing a Peer Mentoring Program. You are impacting the Montevideo community for the better according to Kristina Zaccaria. She has said that it is an AMAZING program.😍

Peer mentors work on Competent Learner Model (CLM) goals with students helping to demonstrate goals across environments and with people other than teachers.

All CLM Implementers around the world should read this article about Peer Mentoring that was developed by CLMers.

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

Congratulations!

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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 
 
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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.

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17 Jan

NEWS – Parent Training at OBS

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

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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…

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17 Jan

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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

YES WE DID IT!!!! THE KEYS OF OUR NEW EISA CLM ITALY’S OFFICE GIVEN BY THE MAYOR OF PALERMO MR. ORLANDO, GRAZIE MILLE!!!

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”.

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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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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.

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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.

 
WAY TO GO NING!!!!!
 
 
From: Everyone at Tucci
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23 Nov

Congratulations Ilene Candreva!

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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

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Ilene with her happy headband 🙂