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    The School of Education at Monmouth University is pleased to announce the seventh 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

    • Prof. Mary Brennan, Specialist Professor, Special Education, Monmouth University
    • Ms. Natalie Gricko, Supervisor Child Study Team, Woodbridge Township Schools District
    • Prof. Mary Haspel, Adjunct, Special Education, Monmouth University
    • Dr. Stacy Lauderdale-Littin, Department Chair, Special Education, Monmouth University
    • Dr. Carol McArthur-Amedeo, Lecturer, Special Education, Monmouth University
    • Ms. Rita Miller, Supervisor Pupil Personnel Services, Point Pleasant Borough Schools
    • Ms. Diane Schrieks, Special Education Supervisor, Woodbridge Township Schools
    • Dr. Kathryn Servilio, Assistant Professor, Special Education, Monmouth University

    Special Services' Academy 2017 - 2018 Members

    • Alpha School
    • Freehold Township School District
    • Hazlet Township Public Schools
    • Jackson School District
    • Keansburg School District
    • Little Egg Harbor School District
    • Long Branch Public Schools
    • Ocean Academy
    • Point Pleasant Beach School District
    • Point Pleasant Borough Schools
    • Red Bank Borough Public Schools
    • Sayreville Public Schools
    • South Brunswick School District
    • The Education Academy
    • Toms River Regional Schools
    • Woodbridge Township School District

    Membership Opportunity 2017 - 2018

    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, Certification, Field Placements, & School Partnership Office, at 732-263-5473 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 5, 2017 ~ Person-centered Approach to Student Transition with Somerlee Monaghan, MS

    Session 2: Thursday, December 7, 2017 ~ Sexuality & Special Needs by Bobbie J. Gallagher, M.A. BCBA

    Session 3: Thursday, February 1, 2018 ~ Current Legal Issues & Updates by Lori Gaines, Esq.

    Session 4: Thursday, March 22, 2018 ~ Restraint & Seclusion - Panel discussion led by Professor Mary Haspel, BCBA

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

    Previous Workshops

    •  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

    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"