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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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.

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2017-2018 Programs

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: TBA.  New 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: Written Expression, Sue Grisko 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. New Location: Roger Park Montessori School, 1800 W. Balmoral, Chicago.

May, 2018 Dinner: Gossip, Jay Einhorn, PhD.

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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