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May 29 2012

Miller College Institute Offers Encore of Popular Autism Course

The Miller College Institute, the professional development branch of Miller College, is excited to announce that funds are still available to support local teachers who are interested in learning how to support children with autism in the classroom and our community. Teachers who work in schools affiliated with the Battle Creek Educators' Task Force are eligible to receive a scholarship, generously funded by the Binda Foundation, that covers half of the SB-CEU tuition to enroll in EDUC 490: Special Topics - Autism, a seminar for teachers, parents, school administrators and anyone interested in learning more about children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This scholarship offer is open to the first 9 teachers who register.

Beginning July 9 and continuing on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 through August 27, join Kalamazoo RESA teacher consultant Brenda Gagie at the Mawby Center in Battle Creek as she leads seminar participants through an overview of autism spectrum disorders, including history, statistics and interventions. Explore evidence-based techniques for supporting students with ASD in the general education setting, including educational strategies, universal supports and positive behavioral interventions. Participants will develop resources to educate others about ASD, read personal accounts of autism, research treatment approaches and develop a variety of individualized supports. Participants may earn 6.0 SB-CEUs for this course.

Brenda Gagie earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in special education at Western Michigan University and received her Autism endorsement through Oakland University. She has 26 years of teaching experience in general education classrooms, ASD center-based classrooms and ASD classrooms within general education settings. She is a presenter and trainer for Statewide Autism Research and Training, as well as a teacher consultant in ASD with Kalamazoo RESA. She is the co-author of the 2006 article "Learning Through Seeing and Doing: Visual Supports for Children with Autism," published in TEACHING Exceptional Children, a journal of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Registration for this course is going on now.  Simply download and complete a Miller College SB-CEU Course Registration Form at the Miller College website.  For more information, please contact Dr. Sean Kottke, Dean of the Miller College Binda School of Education at (269) 660-8021, ext. 2703 or via email to ude.egellocrellim@sekttok.



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