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Special Services Professional Development Academy 2022-2023

Special Services Professional Development Academy 2022-2023

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Special Services Academy (SSA) 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. The BCBA Roundtable is a professional development community comprised of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who actively provide behavior consultation, training, and assessment in New Jersey public schools. The members of this organization seek to enhance the role of the BCBA in schools through professional collaboration on ethically sound behavior analytic practices, dissemination of peer-reviewed research for applied settings, and integration of scientifically-based interventions in classrooms. Monmouth University is a verified Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) Provider Organization by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board; members of the BCBA Roundtable earn Type 2 continuing education credits for each professional development event.

Additional Information
For more information regarding the Special Services Academy or the BCBA Roundtable workshop series, please email

Special Services Academy Workshops Dates and Topics

  • Session 1: Monday, October 3, 2022: Legal Matters
    • Presenters: Lester E. Taylor, Esq. and Caitlin Pletcher, Esq. 
    • Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton and Taylor LLC, New Providence, NJ 07974
  • Session 2: Monday, December 5, 2022: School Refusal
    • Presenter: Panel TBD
  • Session 3: Monday, February 27, 2023: Transition Services
    • Presenters: Monmouth Cares, Ashley Novak and Suzanne Grell
  • Session 4: Monday, April 3, 2023: Topic TBA
    • Presenters: Ai Kamei, Ph.D., associate professor of Special Education at Monmouth University, and Erik Raj, Ph.D., associate professor of Speech Language Pathology at Monmouth University

BCBA Roundtable Discussion Dates and Topics

The roundtable discussion will be available soon.

Previous Workshops

  • Autism Programming
  • Tele-therapy
  • Suicide Prevention
  • ADHD and Executive Functioning
  • Maximizing Behavior Analytic Services in Schools
  • Considerations & Strategies for Teaching Social Skills
  • Criminal Justice Advocacy
  • Defensible IEP’s
  • Transition
  • Mental Health Issues, Concerns, & Dialogue
  • Tiered Systems of Support
  • 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

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board certifies that we are an Authorized Continuing Education provider organization.

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Special Services Academy Steering Committee

  • Danielle M. Frith, Specialist Professor, Special Education, Monmouth University
  • Natalie Gricko, Supervisor Child Study Team, Woodbridge Township School District
  • Assistant Professor Mary Haspel, Ed.D., BCBA-D, Special Education, Monmouth University
  • Jo-Ann Johnson, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, Point Pleasant Borough Schools
  • Assistant Professor Ai Kamei, Ph.D., Special Education, Monmouth University
  • Assistant Professor Stacy Lauderdale-Littin, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Special Education, Monmouth University
  • Associate Professor Kathryn Lubniewski, Ph.D., Special Education, Monmouth University
  • Assistant Chair Carol McArthur-Amedeo, Ed.D., Special Education, Monmouth University
  • Erick Nunez, Supervisor, Woodbridge Township School District
  • Chair Alex S. Romagnoli, Ph.D., Special Education, Monmouth University
  • Kerri Walsifer, Director of Special Services, Tinton Falls School District