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    The School of Education at Monmouth University is pleased to announce the third year of their Special Services Academy for special service directors, school psychologists, learning consultants, school social workers, and speech specialists.

    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Special Services Academy is to create an opportunity for dialogue and an exchange of ideas and experiences for Directors of Special Services, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultants, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, and Speech Language Specialists. Through collaboration with university administrators and faculty, the academy will provide professional learning communities that offer growth opportunities for members through sessions which focus on promoting reflective practice and positively impacting student and teacher learning. A network of support and resources for members will be established for developing new experiences.

    Special Services Academy Steering Committee

    • Mary Brennan, Specialist Professor, School of Education, Monmouth University
    • Dr. Wendy Harriott, Associate Professor, Monmouth University
    • Dr. Stacy Lauderdale, Assistant Professor, Monmouth University
    • Dr. Carol McArthur-Amedeo, Lecturer, Monmouth University
    • Ms. Bonnie Nelson, LDT-C, Ocean Township Schools
    • Ms. Natalie Scarano, Special Education Supervisor, Woodbridge Township Schools
    • Ms. Diane Schrieks, Special Education Supervisor, Woodbridge Township Schools

    Special Services' Academy 2015 - 2016 Members

    • Asbury Park School District
    • Colts Neck Township Schools
    • Hazlet Township Public Schools
    • Jackson School District
    • Keansburg School District
    • Little Egg Harbor School District
    • Little Silver Public Schools
    • Monmouth Regional High School
    • Point Pleasant Borough Schools
    • Toms River Regional Schools
    • Wall Township Public Schools
    • Woodbridge Township School District

    Membership Opportunity 2016 - 2017

    To become a member, please download our Special Services Academy Registration Form.

    The yearly fee for membership in the academy is $300. For additional information, contact The School of Education, Dean's Office, at 732-571-7518 or send an e-mail to

    Workshop Information

    The Academy will hold four workshops a year with topics on timely issues directly related to matters of interest to special services directors, school psychologists, learning consultants, school social workers, and speech specialists.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Session 1: Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Defensible IEP's

    Session 2: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Tiered System of Supports

    Session 3: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - Mental Health Issues, Concerns, & Dialogue

    Session 4: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Transition

    All 4 sessions are held from 12 - 2 p.m. in the Magill Commons Club Rooms 107 & 108

    Previous Workshops

    • Evidence-based Practices for Students with Autism
    • Legal Issues
    • LRE Implementation
    • Assessment
    • Reading Approaches and Individualized Reading Programs
    • Role of the Social Worker on the Child Study Team
    • Dyslexia
    • Special Education and Its Relation to PARCC

    Workshop Registration

    To register for our upcoming workshops, please download our Workshop Registration Form.

    Additional Information

    For more information regarding the Special Services Academy and its workshop series, please call 732-571-7518 or send e-mail to

    Press Releases

    PRESS RELEASE: Monmouth University School of Education Special Services Academy Begins its Third Year with "Speech Therapy: Laws and Policies as Recommended by ASHA Related to Educational Services"

    PRESS RELEASE: Monmouth University School of Education Special Services Academy Hosts "Transition Services" Presentation by ARC Representative, Maryann Antenucci

    PRESS RELEASE: Monmouth University Special Services Academy Session III: "Impact of New Assessments and Teacher Evaluation Systems on Special Education"