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Autism, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Teaching Tools and Better Memory: Experts Share Strategies in LIU Rockland Best Practice Seminars

Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University announces fall 2008 seminar schedule

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Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland,
Long Island University

Orangeburg, N.Y. – The fall series of Best Practice Seminars at the Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University will include sessions on educating children with autism, addressing the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered people, educational technology for the classroom and memory improvement techniques.

Educators, caregivers, policymakers and the public can benefit from these presentations by local experts. A certificate of completion will be given to each attendee. The fee for each seminar is $10 for Long Island University students and $35 for all others. The seminars will be held at the Rockland Graduate Campus, 70 Route 340, Orangeburg. Call (845) 359-7200 Ext. 5413 for more information.

The schedule for the seminars:

AUTISM: Assessment, Analysis and Action -- A Panel Discussion for Parents and Professionals Parents, educators and health professionals will explore relevant issues and perspectives on the challenges of meeting the educational needs of children with autism. Kathleen Keefe-Cooperman, Director of the Counseling Program at the Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University, will moderate the panel discussion. Panelists include: Stuart Goldstein, director of special education for the Ramapo Central School District; Dr. JeanMarie Speckman, associate director of the Fred S. Keller School in Yonkers; and Eileen Muniz, parent advocate. Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 4:30-6:30 p.m.

KEYS TO THE CLOSET: Addressing the Needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Students This presentation will provide a model of identity development with implications for counseling, management and policy for this population. This workshop will provide recommendations and resources for inclusion and support. The presenter is Chip James, LCSW, CASAC, a school social worker, psychotherapist and consultant based in Nyack, N.Y., who lectures extensively to teachers and mental health professionals. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008 5-8 p.m.

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM: How do teachers in the field use it effectively? This seminar will deal with using SmartBoard® technology effectively in the classroom. The seminar will be presented by Rockland Graduate Campus alumni and South Orangetown School District teachers Alison Murphy Costello and Karen Sperduto. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 4:30-6:30 p.m.

MEMORY SHOCK! Training You'll Remember The latest research indicates that good learners are distinguished by one factor: memory. Teachers and their students can better remember names, faces, objects, numbers and facts with an easily learned system that will be demonstrated by Barry Reitman, an in-service trainer who has enabled business and educational professionals with this surprisingly easy system to learn and use. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University is Rockland County's premier provider of master's degree programs for adults, with course offerings in business administration, education, pharmacy, health administration, public administration, gerontology, mental health counseling, school counseling and school leadership. Courses are offered in the late afternoons, evenings and on weekends to afford working students an opportunity to balance their educational objectives with family and business demands.

For more information visit www.liu.edu/rockland or call (845) 359-7200, extension 5403.

Posted 09/22/2008

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