Tyler Ricks, a BBEST Program student (Window Media Player required)
"The F.S. Edmonds School belief is 'Excellence is the only option.' We embrace the challenge of the climb to achievement and a safe, nurturing learning environment. The BBEST program has provided the F.S.Edmonds School with the tools and knowledge to achieve our goal. The BBEST team lead through a hands on approach of classroom visits, professional development, pair/share team work, and group collaboration. The students and staff of the F.S. Edmonds School exhibit the reflective practice of our collaborative effort!"
— Sharen Finzimer, F.S. Edmonds School
"Your staff is to be commended for doing an excellent job in addressing the needs of our most needy students. Your staff has done an outstanding job in implementing a program that has addressed the educational, as well as, the emotional needs of our students."
— Eugene McLaughlin, Principal, Harding Middle School
"I looked at the BBEST Web site last week and have since spoken to my sister who is doing her student teaching in Kindergarten in England. She is using the 'quick tips' section as a resource and sharing it with the teachers at her school."
— Claire Verden
"Just a quick note to let you know that the presenter from Arcadia's BBEST program was excellent. We as assistants learned how important we are in the classrooms as well as in the schoolyard, bus duty, lunchroom, hall, etc. These are the times when the children and their behavior is different from the classroom. ... She had us participate in activities and act out. Praise was a big part of the topic in the morning session and it is not that easy to do is certain behaviors. She gave us ways to find the praise in a tought position. I feel we left with a lot of feedback."
— Linda Wagner, Special Education Assistant
"During the spring of 2003, the staff was surveyed regarding the effectiveness of the BBEST program. In these surveys, the staff indicated a greater understanding of how to work with students with behavior problems. The support provided by Dr. Ager and opportunities to work with colleagues were noted as strengths of this program. As principal of Thomas Fitzwater Elementary School, I have seen a significant decline in student behavioral problems and resulting suspensions. I attribute this to the positive, effective, ongoing collaboration with Arcadia University."
— J. Roger, Ed.D.
"The BBEST program has provided Emotional Support programming to schools in the Northwest Region. The principals in these schools report outstanding support for teachers, staff, students and parents in the realm of emotional and social skills development. The stellar component of this program is the community of support for students as they transition from elementary to middle school. ... The true sign of customer satisfaction is counted in return clientele. Over the past three years, the Northwest Region has continued and extended its partnership with Arcadia University's BBEST Program and looks forward to future opportunities for program expansion."
— Linda Grobman, Northwest regional Superintendent
"Dr. Ager has also conducted many individual consulting cases this year that have involved the classroom teacher and myself. ... Christina was able to validate the teacher, gain a complete understanding of the situation, quickly identify the function of the students' behavior, and match an intervention for that particular function. We have had huge success with all of the cases we worked on this year. Our number of suspensions have dropped significantly and the number of recess behavioral concerns have decreased as well. In addition, our teachers have come away from the consulting cases with hands-on strategies and behavior modification programs to use in their classrooms, which have truly helped."
— Samantha K. Howie, Guidance Counselor, Thomas Fitzwater Elementary School