Co-Chairs: Monica G. Osgood and Christine Seminaro, M Ed

Members: Maria Aggio, Spec Ed Teacher; Linda Cervenka, MA, CCC-SLP; Sara Chapman, MA, Sian Nash, BSc Psychology; Linda Moniot; Sandra Toth, MA

The Profectum education working group includes professionals from early intervention and pre-schools, public and private elementary, middle and high schools, college programs, clinics, and home school program professionals. Although the core-working group is made up primarily of educators and administrators, contributions from OT’s, SLP’s, and mental health professionals working in school settings are incorporated into our curriculum development. Additionally, we welcome adjunct members to contribute to our group. If you are interested in joining as an adjunct member, please contact us.

Our mission as a working group is to develop the educational component of the curriculum for the Profectum Academy. We are at an important crossroad in the world of special education, as technology and the latest scientific discoveries are opening new windows into what our children can achieve. State-of-the-art school programs are recognizing the need to evolve with this new knowledge to support students to reach their potential. Some of our curriculum topics will address:

  • Every child is intelligent – supporting the individual needs of the child in the classroom to maximize success
  • Assessment and goal setting
  • The family as team member
  • The role of relationships in school
  • Emotions and learning
  • How experience is essential for learning – what kinds of experiences are essential for learning
  • Schedules that promote development – preparing students for the 21st century
  • Balancing developmental practices with the demands of the educational system
  • Advocacy and legislation
  • Best practices and principles of developmental school programs
      The teacher’s role
      Believing in the child
     Relationships and the safe classroom
    –  Affect as your key tool in the classroom
    –  The experience-based thinking curriculum
        . Discovery vs. teaching
        . Creating an environment that allows for discovery and promotes thinking
        . Connecting past knowledge with new knowledge
  • Training and working with an interdisciplinary team
  • How to bridge the gap between regular and special education