Professionals in Learning Disabilities
and Special Education
Welcome to Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education
Who are we?
Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education is a group of dedicated volunteers who are professionals in the field of Special Education in Chicago and the north suburbs. We seek to provide professional growth experiences for ourselves that broaden our knowledge in the field. Regular meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month four times during the school year at Oliver McCracken Middle School in Skokie or Rogers Park Montessori School in Chicago in addition to our Janet Lerner Memorial Seminar and our Annual Dinner. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McCracken School Location
Rogers Park Montessori School Location
Become a member
Continuing education programs featuring speakers who are leaders in the field, keeping members abreast of current trends and new developments in Learning Disabilities and related areas. Topics concern students from preschool age through adulthood. Programs are scheduled six times a year from September through May. Members receive discounts for our Annual Seminar and Dinner as well as CPDUs for all meeting attended.
September 12, 2017: Educational State and Federal Funding and Case Law Updates: What You Need to Know, Jennifer Hansen, Attorney at McCracken Middle School in Skokie.
October 10, 2017: The Abstract Language of Math and How the Brain Learns Math, Karen Tzanetopoulos. Chicago Location: Roger Park Montessori School, 1800 W. Balmoral, Chicago 60640.
December 2, 2017: Dr. Janet Lerner Fall Seminar: Empowering Participation of IEP Team Members through Planning, Listening, Questioning, and Narrative Writing, Marjorie Getz, PhD.
February 13, 2018: Executive Functioning, John Frampton, Ph. D. at McCracken Middle School in Skokie.
March 13, 2018: Using Relationships to Create a Safe Learning Environment in the Classroom , Jean Rounds, The Erikson Institute. Chicago Location: Roger Park Montessori School, 1800 W. Balmoral, Chicago.
May 8, 2018 Dinner: Gossip, Jay Einhorn, PhD.
PLDSE holds study groups that meet in members' homes to have more in depth discussions and presentations on topics of interest to the group. Meeting dates and locations are set by the individual groups. For more information, see Study Groups.
Volunteering at Bernie's Book Bank
For the last few summers, we have chosen Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Bluff as a fun way to spend some time together while doing good works.
Bernie's Book Bank collects, processes and distributes new and used children’s books to at–risk pre-school and school age children throughout Chicagoland. As volunteers, we will sort, sticker and bag books and have lots of fun doing it.
We were greeted at the door by Bernie’s people and given a task to level books into appropriate grade levels and some special categories. They were most helpful and appreciative of our efforts and our expertise. Everyone had fun and felt like we were making a difference for children in poverty.
From our 2016-17 Meetings
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