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College to Host Week of the Young Child Events, April 15-19

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College’s Teacher Preparation Department will host a series of workshops and lectures to mark the Week of the Young Child, April 15-19. The events, which will take place in Higbee Hall on the Troy campus, are free and open to the public.

Making a Rainstick Workshop: presented by Dr. Dawn Kolakoski
Monday, April 15, 2 – 4 p.m.

Kolakoski is a professor in the Teacher Preparation Department. She also teaches graduate courses in education for Leslie College and is the author of a book, “Write it Down!” She is well known on campus for her engaging and exciting class, Creative Arts for Children.

Bullying Intervention and Prevention: presented by Professor Nancy Cupolo, Department Chair
Tuesday, April 16, 1 p.m.

Cupolo has 38 years of teaching experience. She has been a keynote speaker at state and national conventions on topics relative to children and has done extensive research and presentations on the topic of bullying intervention and prevention. She will address the current concerns around cyber bullying.

Balancing the Needs of Special Education Students: presented by Ken Williams
Wednesday, April 17, 4 p.m.

Williams has a master’s degree in education. His early teaching positions included working with young adults at Wildwood, court-placed teenage girls at Charlton School, and students in the management needs program at Shenendehowa. He has been a special education teacher at Waterford-Halfmoon School since 1996. He works with students in middle school through the tenth grade in a self-contained setting. He balances the needs of students with emotional disorders and cognitive impairments. A significant responsibility includes administering and interpreting testing for annual reviews and creating Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students.

Looking at ADHD Through Different Perspectives: panel presentation
Thursday, April 18, noon

The general characteristics of ADHD will be discussed by this panel of student, teacher and parent representatives. Students diagnosed with ADHD will share their personal stories of traveling through school, and the social and academic challenges that ADHD presents. A teacher will talk about strategies to help students with ADHD, and a parent will share stores of what is it like to parent a child with ADHD.

Child’s Play: Enrichment Ideas to Foster Development While Promoting Motor, Language and Coping Skills: presented by Laurie Phibbs and Michelle Ring
Friday, April 19, noon

Laurie Phibbs, OTR/L, is a New York State licensed registered occupational therapist who works with young children and their families. Laurie received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University and maintains her certification in occupational therapy through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She has many years of experience with adults with developmental disabilities and more than 12 years working with children ages birth to five.

Michelle Ring, M.S. CCC-SLP, is a New York state licensed speech-language pathologist who has worked with young children and their families for more than 17 years. Michelle has her master of science in education, and a bachelor of science in communication disorders. She has a Clinical Certificate of Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Michelle is currently a private provider who works directly with children and their families. She also provides consultative services to preschools and day-care settings.

For more information, contact the Teacher Preparation Department at (518) 629-7250.

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 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.