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April 29 2013

Miller College to Offer Course in Autism This Summer

Miller College is proud to offer its popular EDUC 490: Special Topics (Autism) course during its Summer II semester, and is excited to announce that funds are available to support local teachers who are interested in attending this course to learn about strategies 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 State Continuing Education Clock Hour (SCECH) tuition to enroll in this popular 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 Tuesday 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 60 SCECHs, or 2 Semester Hours of college credit, 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 SCECH Course Registration Form from the Miller College website at  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 .



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