SCHOOLOF EDUCATION HELD SPECIAL SERVICES ACADEMY IN FEBRUARY
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Thursday, February 16, 2012, Monmouth University’s School of Education hosted
the third session of its Special Services Academy in the MAC Varsity Room. The
session titled “Code Changes and Legal Implications,” had over thirty attendees
from twenty-two different school districts.
Lynn Romeo, dean of the School of Education at Monmouth, opened the session and
introduced the main speaker, R. Armen Mc Omber, Esq., Board Attorney. Mr. Mc
Omber spoke about legal issues and the IEP Process and provided his insights
regarding collaborating with parents and gaining new knowledge.
Conte, project administrator for Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services
Commission, commented he felt the Academy was a great opportunity for
networking, not just between special services professionals but between them
and Monmouth as well. He said that “Dr. Romeo has always made opportunities
available to let districts know what Monmouth is doing,” which is an integral
part of the academy.
Mc Omber said that the “quality of attendees is excellent” and that they “are
truly experts in their fields.” He felt he learned just as much from them as
they did from him.
Special Services Academy is 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 provides professional learning communities 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 has been established.
first two sessions that were held addressed “Pre-referral
Intervention/Strategies” and “Referral and Evaluation,” with a focus on autism.
The last session of the Special Services Academy for this year, “Program and
Placement,” will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012.
Services personnel who are interested in learning more about the academy should
call 732-571-7518 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
contact: Petra Ludwig at 732-263-5507