2007: Joanne Robbins

Morningside Academy

The SABA International Grant was used to support the efforts of Partnerships for Educational Excellence and Research (PEER), a consortium of behavior analysts from the US and the Active School Coalition of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, who are driven to improve quality of life for students and their families living in impoverished communities. Educators in the new South Africa need inexpensive and radically effective and efficient procedures to prepare their students to become successful citizens and future leaders of their free and changing society. This project continues to work to improve the quality of primary and secondary education available to disadvantaged students by applying behavior analytic principles to teacher training, student learning, and the development of instructional materials, with the goal to move from training-the-teacher to training-the-trainer in order to promote self-sufficiency and maximize growth of behavioral methodologies throughout the nation. The analysis, design, and evaluation of classroom instruction, classroom management, and school performance management offered by behavior analysis provide great promise to school communities. Motivated by the dedication, hard work, and inspiration of its South African partners, PEER is moving rapidly from promise to practice. 


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