Community Based Instruction (CBI)

Community Based Instruction (CBI):

  • Performance based instruction with goals and objectives to help the individuals become more independent in his/her community experiences.
  • A series of small group activities, where students apply independent living skills from the classroom into the community.
  • Reading lists in order to find items in stores
  • Pay for items with appropriate amount of money
  • Use appropriate manners when eating in public

CBI Students Are:

  • Enrolled in secondary schools
  • Receive Special Education Services
  • In need of concrete application of functional skills in the community
  • Identified through a referral and screening   process

Program Goals Enable Students To:

  • Apply educational goals and objectives in the community
  • Coordinate functional academic, social,   communication, and mobility skills essential to daily living, and effectively and safely transition into adult community living.

Transitional Resource Teacher Will:

  • Conduct a screening for CBI services after student is referred by case manager
  • Be a member of the IEP team in creating the IEP
  • Develop CBI activities, schedules, and materials
  • Assemble parental information and permission forms, and send home permission slips for each trip
  • Provide small group instruction in the  community to fit the individual needs of the students
  • Collect data on students’ performance and give feedback to parents, educators, and   service providers.

Parents/Guardians Will:

  • Sign permission slips sent home
  • Notify the transitional resource teacher about health, mobility, or other concerns related to CBI activities.
  • Communicate questions or comments to the teacher and add learned tasks to students’ daily routine

Notes to Parents/Students Currently Participating in CBI

  • I realize how difficult it is to provide money for your son/daughter to buy a lunch or purchase an item on each trip. Please do not let this challenge keep your child from participating in the trip. Let me know ahead of time so we can come up with a solution together!
  • Create a pocket specifically for Transition in your student’s folder for permission slips, communication letters, and money!
  • A signed permission slip MUST be returned by the specified date in order for your son/daughter can participate in the trip.
  • Discuss the weather with your child allowing him/her to select appropriate clothing for the trip.
  • WHAT TO BRING: Encourage your student to be responsible for belongings and time management!
    • Wallet, purse, or pouch
    • Watch if one is available
    • Money in small bills and coins
  • When photographs are taken on trips, they will be used for individual activities and our end of the year “Memory Video” displayed during the last week of class.
  • Periodically, HCPS staff (para-educators or teachers) will work with your child to reinforce skills performed on a trip.
    • There is a delay of any kind
    • Early Closing
    • Dangerous weather during trip departure
  • Please notify me of any changes to your son’s/daughter’s health or behavior occurring after turning in the medical information form







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