• What is Community-Based Instruction?


    Community-Based Instruction (CBI) is an effective instructional method for teaching, in real-life settings and under the supervision of teachers and school staff, the skills that students will need for functional daily living as productive adults in society. CBI has been documented as an evidence-based practice by the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center.   

    In the short term, CBI helps students develop age-appropriate skills for functioning outside the school environment. Ultimately, CBI prepares students for successful transition to adulthood after graduation, helps students to live independently, and enhances their quality of life.

    CBI programs are hands-on and are implemented during trips to community locations. The “community” is appropriate for services such as community-based instruction or orientation and travel training. A critical component of CBI is the involvement of parents and other members of the community such as businesses, teachers, and local establishments.

     CBI is individualized to meet the particular needs of a student and to teach skills which relate to specific IEP goals or objectives.

    View NJ Department of Education CBI video: http://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/transition/CBIVideo.shtml