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Hudson Valley Community College to Host March 16 Workshop on Encouraging Positive Behavioral Changes in Young Children

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012

“Positive Behavioral Support: Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies and Competencies,” a workshop for educators, social workers and others who work with children, will take place Friday, March 16 at Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Presenters include: Dr. Cecile Gleason, a professor of special education at The College of Saint Rose; Professor Nancy Cupolo, department chairperson of Hudson Valley’s Teacher Preparation Department; and Lynda Dranichak, who has spent 20 years as a teacher, trainer, college adjunct and mentor in the field of early childhood special education.

The workshop will discuss Positive Behavioral Support, a strategy used in many school settings to guide the social and emotional development of children. Strategies that adults can use with young children in order to encourage positive relationships and skills that can be taught to foster positive friendships and social skills among children also will be reviewed in this day-long program.

The cost is $140.

The workshop, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the college’s Teacher Preparation Department and the Tinsley Institute for Human Services, a nonprofit organization founded 1988 to provide consultation and professional development to schools and community agencies.

For more information or to register, contact Jennifer at the Tinsley Institute at (518) 496-2915 or

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.