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 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!
Location: McCracken Middle School, Skokie.
February 11, 2020: Holding Parent-Friendly Meetings,Pepi M. Silverman, M.S.Ed, Ph.D. (ABD)
Location: Roger Park Montessori School, 1800 W. Balmoral, Chicago.
March 10, 2020: What Happens When the School Bus Stops: Supporting Student with ASD into Adulthood, Terri Steinberg
Location: McCracken Middle School, Skokie
May 2020 Dinner: TBA
Location: Gusto Ristorante Italiano, Glenview
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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