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

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Now offering CPDUs!

Members can now receive CPDUs through Northeastern Illinois University.

McCracken School Location

Rogers Park Montessori School Location

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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.

2019-2020 Programs

September 17, 2019:  Learning Disabilities and Student Outcomes:  How to Decrease Risk and Enhance Resilience, Dr. Corrie A. Goldberg, Ph.D. Location: McCracken Middle School, Skokie

November 12, 2019: When ADHD Isn't: Other Cognitive and Psychological Factors That Can Masquerade as ADHD, Dr. John Bartok, Ph.D.

Location: Rogers Park Montessori School, Chicago

January 2020: Dr. Janet Lerner Seminar: Normal Isn't Real: Viewing and Panel Discussion - Illinois Premier!

LocationMcCracken Middle School, Skokie.

February 11, 2020: Student Centered Services,Pepi M. Silverman, M.S.Ed, Ph.D. (ABD)
Director, Bridge Educational Advocacy
Educational Advocate, Consultant, and Inclusion Specialist, Learning Behavior Specialist and Administrator

Location: Roger Park Montessori School, 1800 W. Balmoral, Chicago.

March 10, 2020:  What Happens When the School Bus Stops: Supporting Student with ASD into AdulthoodTerri Steinberg

Location: McCracken Middle School, Skokie

May  2020 Dinner: TBA 

Location: Gusto Ristorante Italiano, Glenview

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Study Groups

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.

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P.O. Box 22

Northbrook, IL 60065

Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education is a not-for-profit organization offering continuing education programs to inform members of current instructional practices, assessment, and policy issues in the field of learning disabilities.  PLD/SE also offers a referral service to the community, providing qualified professionals for diagnostics and remediation.  PLD/SE provides programs as a service to its members.  PLD/SE does not endorse any specific program, speaker, instructional materials, method, treatment, or evaluation center for children with disabilities.  

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