Community Based Instruction (CBI) Classroom
Teacher Karen Elsheikhi and Paraprofessional Diana Ssemanda

This class places the students out of the school building and into a natural setting of the community. Functional skills are taught and/or reinforced in a variety of environments. Many situations are almost impossible to duplicate unless trained on the job or in the actual site. The opportunities that this type of instruction present are very realistic and useful toward the growth and improvement of our students.

Classroom goals include work in the areas of self help, social skills, communication, reading, math, health and safety, leisure time skills, life skills and vocational training.

 The CBI classroom takes approximately 35 students ranging in age 14-26 years, out into the community at least 1/2 day every week. They use a van or public bus for transportation.

There are approximately 13 work placements.  They include:

  • Martin's Deli
  • Royalton Manor
  • Berrien RESA Building and Grounds
  • Berrien RESA Printshop
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Pizza Hut
  • Southwestern Community Action Agency
  • YMCA
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Berrien Bus
  • Shopping facilities and more

Through these experiences the goal is to prepare students for an off-site classroom and/or employment or volunteer opportunities for their future.

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