School of Education – Professional Development Workshops

Following is a list of approved professional development workshops that fulfill the workshop requirement for our programs. We are proud to offer a variety of topics to enrich your experience at Molloy College.

As a reminder, each Graduate level teacher candidate is required to attend one professional workshop per semester and each Undergraduate level teacher candidate is required to attend six professional workshops prior to graduation. Once you have attended the workshop, please fill out the Program Workshop Form (PDF) and hand in to your advisor.

Spring 2020

Dear all UG and Graduate EDU students,

Approved Workshop Credit! STEAM and Pi Day Fun!!

We are planning several outreach events local schools and need your help.  There are 3 STEAM events and 1 Pi Day event planned.  For each event, you would be responsible for facilitating a station where students would come to complete a challenge.  All materials and directions will be provided for you.  Each will count as either 1 or 2 required workshops.

The locations/dates/times are as follows:

  • Lenox Elementary School - Friday, March 6th/ 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Kellenberg High School - Monday, March 16th/ 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • De La Salle School - Monday, March 16th/ 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tiegerman Elementary School - Friday, March 19th/ 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Further details for each event as well as sign up information is found in this Google sheet.

There will be a planning meeting for all who would like to participate in the Kellenberg, De La Salle, and Tiegerman events.  The planning meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 25th at 5:00 p.m. in K222.

Feel free to email either Dr. Schroeder or Professor Wisnewski with any questions.

Thank you!
Dr. Schroeder and Professor Wisnewski

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An Introduction to the DIRFloortime Model: A Primer for Parents, Clinicians and Educators

Speaker: John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, DIR-C, Associate Professor  

Friday, February 28, 2020 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Larini Room (290A), Public Square (second floor)
Molloy College

Conference Description
The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR) Model is a framework and model that helps clinicians, parents and educators conduct a comprehensive assessment and develop an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with developmental and neurodevelopmental challenges, e.g., autism spectrum disorder. The objectives of the DIRFloortime Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional and intellectual capacities rather than focusing solely on discrete skills and isolated behaviors. This primer course is designed to introduce parents, clinicians and educators to the theoretical framework, scientific evidence and scope of application of the DIRFloortime Model. To that end, this one-day introductory course defines the "D," "I" and "R" in its conventional application; presents the six-functional emotional developmental levels; and explores Floortime philosophy, research and application. Clinical video and live experientials will be used to illustrate concepts.  

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  

Speaker John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, DIR-C, Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Molloy College is the founder and executive director of the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy and founding Director of the Center for Autism and Child Development at Molloy College. He is also the founder and owner of Developmental Music Health and the founding music therapist of the Rebecca School in New York City. He has nearly 20 years of clinical and supervisory experience working in a variety of clinical settings serving children, adolescents, and adults with neurodevelopmental and emotional challenges. He is an active researcher in the field of autism and developmental approaches, and has been practicing DIRFloortime for nearly 15 years. Dr. Carpente is recognized by the Interdisciplinary Council of Development and Learning (ICDL) as a DIRFloortime expert and training leader.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Identify common features of autism and other challenges of relating and communicating
  2. Identify the key features of relationship based approaches and the clinical rationale for these approaches
  3. Understand each facet of the DIR model, including the "D", "I" and "R"
  4. Identify the 6 Functional Emotional Development Capacities (FEDCs) in the DIR model and potential challenges that children face at each capacity
  5. Understand and describe the "I" (Individual differences) and how health, sensory processing, and regulatory challenges can impact a child's development
  6. Identify key principles and basic strategies of Floortime
  7. Understand the essential role of affects as it is related to the D, and I, and the R

Continuing Education Credit

8 credits applicable for: Certification Board for Music Therapists (CMTE), NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCAT), Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs).  

Fee for full-time students (use Molloy email when registering): $15 Molloy faculty & staff (use Molloy email when registering): No charge Register at:

Fee for full-time students (use Molloy email when registering): $15 Molloy faculty & staff (use Molloy email when registering): No charge Register at:

World of Grants Workshop Series

Dr. Sherry Radowitz, Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs

Diane Cohen, Grants and Research Specialist
Deb Waldron, Grants Manager

Session One: Pre-Award
February 28, 2020 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This session will provide an overview of the grant seeking process: proposal purposes; kinds of requests; components, techniques and formats; funding sources and search engines to identify potential funders in alignment with specific projects/research; opportunities for collaboration; and, tips for successful proposal writing. Our Grants Toolkit and other grant-related resources will be shared.

Session Two: Post-Award
March 6, 2020 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This session will focus on grants management: role of the principal investigator (PI) or project director (PD); contract/agreement obligations; program management; financial responsibilities; programmatic and financial reporting; and, importance of good stewardship with funding entities. The workshop is geared for current grantees to share best practices and for those interested in learning what to expect in the grants management process.

Sponsored by the

World of Grants Spring 2020

Long Island Enough Is Enough Conference:

Campus Sexual Assault Prevention, Response, & Recovery

Friday, March 6, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
SUNY Old Westbury

Registration Fee:

Professionals - $40
Students - $20

Lunch is Provided!

6 CEU Credits Available (at any additional cost, more information on registration page)

Please joinus for a day of collaboration and learning targeted towards service providers, law enforcement, higher education professionals, and college students who are driven to support survivors and prevent sexual violence in the commuity.


Keynote Speakers:

Prevention    Response    Recovery
Kyle Richard
Speaker/ Activist
Kim Bryson
Senior Investigator
Campus Sexual Assault
Victims Unit, NY State Police
Sarlé Jefferies
Experiential Orator


Prevention    Response    Recovery

Using Non-Traditional Partners as Allies in Prevention

Nicole Keller, Project Coordinator
The Retreat Inc.

Sarah Samson, Public Health Coordinator
The Safe Center LI
Responding to Student Activism & Developing Confidence in Support Services

Hannah Artiles-Stravers, Director, Sexual Violence Outreaach Awareness & Response
St. John's University
In the Aftermath of Trauma:
What to Expect, What Not to Do and What's Needed for Long-Term Recovery

Valentina Stoycheva, Ph.D., L.C.P., Co-Founder & Director of S.T.E.P.S.
(Stress & Trauma Evaluation & Psychological Services)

An Educator's Guide to Sibling Abuse Assessment

Presented by Professor Amy Meyers
Thursday, March 26, 2020
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sibling abuse is a pervasive yet under-identified phenomenon with debilitating emotional consequences that can potentially impair learning and result in aggressive/bullying behaviors.

Comparisons and distinctions will be made between sibling rivalry, bullying, and sibling abuse allowing for a clear understanding of sibling abuse as a distinct phenomenon. As mandated reporters, educators need to be aware of the family context, behavioral and emotional indicators that can create problems for the individual and the class environment. It is necessary that teachers are aware of the symptoms and consequences so that appropriate intervention can occur, and the child is addressed with understanding rather than with punitive measures.  

This workshop will present current research trends on this topic, and identify best practices regarding assessment and intervention. Several tools will be used to facilitate interaction including a handout to assess one's own quality of sibling relationships and develop awareness of the significant impact siblings have on development; a small group exercise will facilitate the participants' ability to assess the nature and quality of sibling relationships which will be followed up with distribution of an assessment tool handout.  Suggestions will be offered for supportive services for children, youth, and families, and the importance of partnering with school based mental health programs.


Students will be able to define sibling abuse.
Students will be able to describe at least 4 family/environmental risk factors which contribute to the development, existence, and perpetuation of sibling abuse.
Students will be able to identify emotional and behavioral indicators of sibling abuse.
Please use the following link to sign-up for this workshop:

EdCampLI: After Dark

March 30, 2020

Nassau Location: Long Beach Middle School
Suffolk Location: East Islip Middle School

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Meet up/ Fill the Board
4:15 p.m. - 4:25 p.m. - EdCamp 101
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Session 1
5:20 p.m. - 6:05 p.m. - Session 2
6:10 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - SMACKDOWN
6:45 p.m. - Session 3/ Off-Campus Networking


Project-Based Learning as an Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Tool for K-12 Educators

Presented by Professor Patricia Eckardt
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.


Research has demonstrated Project-Based Learning (PBL) helps close the achievement gap in Literacy and facilitates learning. Learners will use a backward design model to create an interdisciplinary PBL unit plan.

Attendees will:

Collaboratively design an interdisciplinary standards-based unit plan that includes one essential question, enduring understandings, the integration of 4 subject areas, and a civic engagement/ service learning activity.  
Please use the following link to sign-up for this workshop:

Late in the Semester Stress Reducer...

Following a brief overview of various Asian pictorial techniques, Prof. Leonard Antinori, will present a relaxing, hands-on workshop using a less is more approach to creating gesture figure paintings in Sumi ink with a bamboo brush. 

Approved Education Professional Workshop
No experience is necessary, a smock is recommended.
3:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Thursday April 16th in Wilbur 219
Maximum 10 participants

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Audra Cerruto, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Education Programs
1000 Hempstead Avenue Kellenberg Hall, K-326 Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002