2/13/20 – Multiple Exemplar Teaching Is Not Enough! An Introduction to Concept Analysis and Instruction for Behavior Analysts


LIVE Webinar: Thursday 2/13/20

Recording Availability CLOSES: 2/18/2020 ~ 11:59 pm eastern (New York)

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General Information

Title: Multiple Exemplar Teaching Is Not Enough! An Introduction to Concept Analysis and Instruction for Behavior Analysts

Presented By: Kent Johnson, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, Morningside Academy, Seattle

Dates:  Thursday, 2/13/20 

Time: 6:00 pm -9:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability CLOSES 2/18/2020 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York)


In this session, notable instructional design expert, Dr. Kent Johnson, will outline the necessary components for teaching a concept in any domain.
Through a series of examples, non-examples, and interactive exercises Dr. Johnson will teach four steps for designing instruction to teach any concept, including (1) conducting a concept analysis of the critical features that define a concept, and the features that vary from instance to instance of a concept, (2) developing a range of typical and far-out examples of a concept that illustrate both the critical and variable features, (3) developing a minimum rational set of close-in non-examples of a concept, each of which is missing only one critical feature, and (4) developing additional examples and non-examples that may be needed to produce the desired discriminations. In addition, Dr. Johnson will provide guidelines for the development of examples and non-examples to assess generative responding and for practice to fluency.

If you design, select, modify, or deliver instruction, this webinar is for you!

Keep an eye out- Dr. Johnson and the Morningside Teachers Academy Team will be presenting a second webinar on instructional sequence design!

Learning Objectives

1. Choose between accurate and inaccurate definitions of conceptual behavior.
2. Identify the steps for conducting a concept analysis from a list of steps.
3. Discriminate between adequate and inadequate examples and non-examples for a given concept analysis.
4. Discriminate between good and bad items for assessing acquisition of a given concept.
5. Discriminate between good and bad items for fluency practice for a given concept.

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Dr. Kent Johnson founded Morningside Academy in Seattle, Washington, in 1980, and currently serves as its Executive Director. Morningside is a laboratory school for elementary and middle school children and youth. Morningside investigates effective curriculum materials and teaching methods, and has provided training and consulting in instruction to over 140 schools and agencies throughout the USA and Canada since 1991.

Dr. Johnson has served in all the positions at Morningside, including classroom teacher for 10 years, financial manager, administrator, teacher trainer, school psychologist and school consultant. He has published many seminal papers and books about research-based curriculum and teaching methods, including The Morningside Model of Generative Instruction: What It Means to Leave No Child Behind, with Dr. Elizabeth Street. The Morningside Model focuses upon foundation skills in reading, writing, mathematics, thinking, reasoning, problem solving, studying core content, and project-based learning. Over 50,000 students and over two thousand teachers have used the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction. Dr. Johnson is also a co-founder of Headsprout, Inc., a company currently owned by Learning A-Z, Inc. that develops web-based, interactive, cartoon-driven instructional programs, including Headsprout Early Reading and Headsprout Reading Comprehension. Examine them at www.headsprout.com.

Dr. Johnson is recipient of the 2001 Award for Public Service in Behavior Analysis from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, the 2006 Allyn and Bacon Exemplary Program Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Learning Disabilities, the 2009 Ernie Wing Award for Excellence in Evidence-based Education from the Wing Institute, the 2010 Edward L. Anderson Award in Recognition for Exemplary Contributions to Behavioral Education from the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the 2011 Ogden R. Lindsley Lifetime Achievement Award in Precision Teaching from the Standard Celeration Society, and the 2016 Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Johnson authored or co-authored materials, books, and resources mentioned during this webinar.


Credit Hour Information

Behavior Analysts: 3 type II CEUs
Live & Recording
Social Workers/ Counselors/ Psychologists  NA

  • Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes
  • CEs not available for other professions

For ABAC’s continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page


6:00 pm: Introduction
6:05 pm: Webinar begins
7:30 pm: 10 minute break
7:40 pm: First Q&A session
7:50 pm: Webinar resumes
8:45 pm: Second Q&A session
9:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms