Scientist Educator Workshop for Behavior Analysts and Educators

An Approach to Education Based in the Science of Learning

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Kimberly Nix Berens, PhD Scientist-educator, author, co-founder of Fit Learning
Nicholas M. Berens, PhD Scientist-educator, researcher, and co-founder of Fit Learning
Kendra Newsome, PhD Scientist-educator, researcher, and co-founder of Fit Learning
Donny Newsome, PhD Scientist-educator, researcher, and co-founder of Fit Learning

About This Course

Harness the science of learning to change students’ lives

The science of learning is constantly evolving.

We now have a wealth of research and new information providing profoundly important insight into how children learn and opening the door to new, more effective teaching methods.

However, without a guided model it can be difficult to know how to turn promising theory into practical application.

That is why approaching teaching with a scientist-educator framework is so important. It can give you strategies and techniques to increase effectiveness when working with young learners.

Designed with applied behavior analysts and educators in mind, this course will provide tools to implement applied scientific activity in your daily practice. You’ll build a foundation in the scientist-educator framework, and acquire the knowledge to design powerful and effective learning environments.

Inside the Course

Through didactic presentations, video demonstrations, and targeted exercises, you’ll develop your conceptual understanding of the science of behavior while simultaneously learning measurement and data analysis strategies that you can use right away.

Over four online learning sessions, you’ll develop your ability to:

  • Break down complex skills and language-based behaviors into small, measurable, and trainable components
  • Determine levels of performance necessary to achieve functional mastery
  • Engage in global progress monitoring
  • Quickly establish understanding of a new concept for a learner
  • Powerfully align daily actions will the collective values of your school or organization
You’ll have the opportunity to practice these new skills in expert-guided experiential group activities and coaching to give you the opportunity to master the content.

Enroll in this exciting new course, and gain the tools to help guide young learners to go forward and make a difference in their own lives.

Attendees must complete the course in full and attend all sessions in order to receive ANY continuing education credit. No partial credit will be given.

Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.


Session 1 | January 13, 2022, 3:30 PM—5:30 PM EST

  • Workshop Intentions
    • Defining the Behavioral Educator and the new Technology of Teaching
  • History of Educational Reform and Current Status of American Education System
  • Natural science approach to teaching and learning

Session 2 | January 20, 2022, 3:30 PM—5:30 PM EST

  • Precision Teaching
    • Measurement system and decision-making strategies
    • Defining Functional Mastery

Session 3 | January 27, 2022, 3:30 PM—5:30 PM EST

  • Relational Frame Theory for Instructional Design
  • Direct Instruction: DI and di
    • Inductive Instructional design: Understanding component composite relationships
    • Improving concept acquisition with Direct Instruction

Session 4 | February 3, 2022, 3:30 PM—5:30 PM EST

  • CBM
    • Part 1: Proximal and Distal Measurement
    • Part 2: Aligning assessment with functional grade
  • ACT with students: ensuring students are prepared to benefit from effective teaching technologies

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Define behavioral education and distinguish this area of application from other areas.
  2. List at least 3 areas of behavior-analytic content relevant to behavioral education.
  3. Explain the national performance measures used in the United States and how the US is currently performing relative to other industrialized nations.
  4. Describe the ethical implications of traditional educational worlds views and contrast them with those of contextual behavior science.
  5. Utilize the scientist-educator model to guide organizational assessment and program evaluation efforts.
  6. Discuss how to use the SCC to collect, record, and analyze behaviors in accordance with general charting strategies as well as specific conventions used at Fit Learning TM.
  7. Describe how to convert direct observations to meaningful data on the SCC.
  8. Articulate the ethical benefits of charting dimensional units of behavior on a standard graphical display that allows for the objective quantification measurement of behavior change.
  9. Distinguish between functional mastery and arbitrary mastery criteria
  10. State the researched outcomes of Direct Instruction. Specifically, review the results produced in Project Follow Through
  11. Design and implement instructional scripts to fluidly and flexibly use DI to engage in concept instruction.
  12. Identify at least two ways to apply RFT in teaching methods and instructional design.
  13. Write a script for concept instruction that includes prompts of mutual and combinatorial derived relations.
  14. Create a measurement approach that allows for the evaluation of an intervention on global targets.
  15. Describe the process for determining ‘functional’ grade level.
  16. Effectively communicate the results of progress monitoring assessments in terms of raw scores, percentile ranks and ROIs
  17. Describe and identify behavioral measures for evaluating the impact of ACT interventions.

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live online course is sponsored by Praxis Continuing Education and Training and is approved for 8 CE Hours by the following listed below. There was no commercial support for this activity. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
  • Behavior Analysts:PraxisCET is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-17-2718.




Behavior Analysts and Educators. (beginner to advanced level)

Recommended Reading


Barnes-Holmes, D., Barnes-Holmes, Y., Luciano, C., & McEnteggart, C. (2017). From the IRAP and REC model to a multi-dimensional multi-level framework for analyzing the dynamics of arbitrarily applicable relational responding. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 6, 434-445.

Berens, K.N. (2020). Blind Spots: Why Students Fail and the Science that Can Save Them. The Collective Book Studio, Oakland, CA.

Dixon, M. R., Whiting, S. W., Rowsey, K., & Belisly, J. (2014). Assessing the relationship between intelligence and the PEAK relational training system. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(9), 1208-1213. Doi:10/1016/j.rasd.2014.05.005

Guskey, T. R., & Anderman, E. M. (2013). In search of a useful definition of mastery. Education Leadership, 19-23.

Newsome, D., Newsome, K., Fuller, T. C., & Meyer, S. (2018). How contextual behavioral scientists measure and report about behavior: A review of JCBS. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, doi:10.1016/j.jcbs.2018.11.005

Stewart, I., McElwee, J., & Ming, S. (2017). Erratum to: Language generativity, response generalization and derived relational responding. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 33(1), 176-176. doi:10.1007/s40616-016-0060-8

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration up to 14 days before the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $30 for a 2-day workshop or online course, and a $50 fee for a 4-day workshop. If cancelled within 14 days, no refund will be issued, however, a credit for the same amount will be applied toward another learning product, which expires within 1 year. Please email us at to cancel a registration.