Professional Development

SCOPE is an approved sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE).

Professional Development Courses

At SCOPE Education Services, we understand the unique challenges you face as an educator. We have developed courses (ranging from engaging students in emerging technologies to working with students who have disabilities) that will aid you in tackling these challenges.

To find out more about our current face-to-face and online courses for educators, follow our links below.

Note: For educators in our member districts (Nassau County, NY and Suffolk County, NY), we offer discount prices on our courses. For all educators, we recommend that you create an account when you register for your first course or courses.

Welcome to SCOPE Education Services’ online registration site. We encourage you to set up an account for ease of future transactions.
Summer 2024
To view SCOPE’s Professional Development Summer 2024 course catalog CLICK HERE


SCOPE offers discounted Professional Development course tuition fees for employees of our member districts.

If the district that you work for is a member of SCOPE, be sure to choose the member rate when registering. In order to complete the registration, SCOPE reserves the right to process the additional fee on your credit card if a member rate is selected in error.

Follow the links listed below to register for Online Courses:


SCOPE provides New York State certification training programs in child abuse ID and reporting, DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) and violence prevention for educators and other professionals who seek these credentials. School should be a safe space for students. Informed and trained teachers and teaching assistants can help transform schools into these safe spaces. 

Below are upcoming dates for each certification:



Identification & Reporting of Child Abuse & Maltreatment 





Violence Prevention Certification Requirement Project Save






Parent Workshops

Our parent workshops are designed for parent organizations in a one-hour format. Parent topics include the following: Cyber-Safety; Bullying; Resiliency; Over-Indulgence; Protecting Children from Abduction/Sexual Abuse; Raising Socially Successful Children; and Understanding Early Adolescence


Professional Staff Programs

Professional staff programs are designed for the 45 minute to one-hour faculty meeting format. Topics can be expanded for in-service training. Many of these programs answer the Project SAVE mandate to provide violence pprevention in-service training to staff.

Professional staff topics include the following: Sexual Harassment; Child Abuse and Neglect; Bullying; Relational Aggression; Early Adolescence; Resiliency; Classroom Management; Early Warning Signs; Personal Safety; and Abduction Prevention Education

*Staff programs and Parent Workshops available upon request.


Student Workshops

The student workshops are age-appropriate and available for students in Grades K-12. The programs are designed to answer one or more of the following SED mandates:

  • Project SAVE – Instruction in Civility, Citizenship and Character Education; and Interpersonal Violence Prevention
  • Abduction Prevention K-8 (1996)
  • Personal Safety Education K-6 (Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse) (1984)

Student topics include the following: Tolerance; Friendship; Personal Safety; Anger Management; Manners; Bullying; Relational Aggression; Conflict Solving; Empathy; Cyber-Safety; and Sexual Harassment.

*For further information, contactMike O’Brien at (631) 881-9622




Alvarez Michael –

After graduating from Stony Brook University in 2012, I have spent the last eleven years teaching Chemistry, Living Environment, Physical Science, Forensics and Ap Environmental Science.  I have also worked with Elementary and Middle School students through summer STEM Academics.  My favorite lab is “Biome in a Bottle”.


Anthony Auciello –

Anthony Auciello has taught integrated co-teaching and applied behavior analysis classes in Valley Stream District #30.  He earned an M.A. in Reading and Literacy from LI University.  Most recently,   Mr. Auciello completed coursework in Educational Administration through Stony Brook University.


Lindsay Audiino –

Lindsay Audiino is a high school English and Special Education teacher on Long Island.  Her experience ranges from middle school, high school, AP Language and Composition, inclusion settings, resource labs and self-contained.  Since starting her career 10 years ago, Lindsay has built a wide variety of connections with phenomenal educators throughout the country, and is part of several “ambassador communities” and “coaching teams” for technology tools that are utilized in the classroom.


David Bernard –

David Bernard has gained recognition for his dramatic and incisive conducting in the US and in over 20 countries on four continents.  He serves as Music Director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and the Massapequa Philharmonic.


Joe Bienz –

Joseph has a MA in Secondary Education and a post Master’s Degree in Educational Administration.  He has over 20 years of experience and has been teaching Social Studies in the Comsewogue School District since 2002.  Joseph has also been teaching inservice courses for SCOPE since 2003.


Francesca Cavallaro Reardon –

Francesca has been working as a Guidance Counselor for the past nine years.  She loves working with students and is often confronted with the much difficult task of getting unmotivated students to produce work and to become engaged.  A college/career focus can result in a drastic change in their attitude and approach to school work.


Deirdre Cerrito –

Deirdre has been a middle school and high school English teacher in North Babylon since 1995.  She graduated manga cum laude from Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science in English and Secondary Education.  She has been an inservice course instructor for more than 8 years.  She has been trained extensively in the Common Core, written curriculum, trained her colleagues building wide and been a new teacher mentor.  She is committed to providing high quality inservice classes with research-based tasks and Common Core aligned materials.


Jill Cohen –

Jill has been an educator in the West Hempstead UFSD for 28 years.  She began her career as a classroom teacher with experience in grades K – 4 grades.  In 2014, she became a Math AIS teacher.  Currently she is the Math AIS teacher for grades 4 – 6.  In 2014-15 she was fortunate to be a recipient of a NYS STLE (Strengthening Teacher Leader Effectiveness) Teacher Leader Grant.  She is currently a member of her district’s APPR Committee, as well as, the RTI Committee.


Linda Cohen –

Linda is a Speech Language Pathologist with 31 years’ experience in the field.  She graduated Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s of Science in speech Pathology and Audiology and a Master’s of Science in Speech Pathology.  She holds a certificate of Clinical Competence and NYS private practice license.  She has been working in the Bayport/Blue Point School District for over 29 years.  She has worked in various facilities on LI in summer programs as well as Private practice work.  She is a trained Mentor for new teachers and student teachers in her school district.


Kysten Ellison –

Kysten has been a health educator for over a decade.  She obtained a BS in Community Health and Human Services, a certificate in counseling specializing in both nutrition and drug/alcohol addiction, and a MS in Special Education.  Ms. Ellison is a certified health educator K-12.  She currently teaches health on the middle school and high school level in the Middle Country School District and facilitates many health related courses on the graduate level.  Ms. Ellison is also a trainer for educators on the prevention of violence and sexual bullying in youth, and is an Adjunct Professor at Stony Brook University in the Health Technology and Management Department in the School of Health Professions.


Richard Faber –

Richard has been teaching at Syosset HS for the past 21 years.  He obtained his BS in Physical Education and Health Certification from Ithaca College.  His Masters and School District Administration certificates is from Stony Brook University.  Richard is also a certified Driver Education Instructor and he has been the Coordinator of Driver and Traffic Safety at Syosset since 1999.  Richard teaches Peer Leadership at Syosset and he also teaches wellness classes.  He has trained numerous teachers in Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution and he has presented workshops on Character Education, Conflict Resolution, Student Engagement, to name a few across LI.  Richard is no stranger to teacher education; he has been teaching inservice and graduate classes for the past 15 years.  He looks forward to continue educating teachers in all different types of courses he offers.


Debbi Frechtman –

Debbie is presently a second grade teacher. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has 25 years teaching experience that has included resource room, self-contained and elementary education.


Jean Galima –

Jean, a retired Sayville Middle School teacher of Communication Skills, English, and Gifted Facilitator/teacher, also taught primary grades and high school, as well as professional development courses.  As an Islip Spotlight Teacher, Above and Beyond Teacher, and Dowling Educator of the Month, her mottos are, “What we learn with pleasure, we seldom forget,” and “All children are gifted; they just open their packages at different times!”  She always looks forward to sharing resources and ideas.


Kristina Giannetti –

Kristina is a Speech Language Pathologist specializing in receptive/expressive language disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and speech disorders. She has experience working with populations across the lifespan. Currently, she works with elementary aged students in the school setting.




Jaclyn Graham –

Jaclyn is a reading specialist in the Baldwin School District. She has a BS in Childhood Education from SUNY Cortland and an MS in Literacy from Dowling College. She most recently received her administrative degree from Stony Brook University. Additional certifications include Early Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities. She has presented literacy-based workshops and taught several in-service courses. She looks forward to sharing ideas with other colleagues.


Kristina Holzweiss – 

Kristina has been an educator for almost 20 years and is certified in school library media, educational technology, and English 7-12.  Innovative in her use of technology in education, Kristina created and is Ambassador for Edmodo, and Glogster as well as Awesome Stories. Kristina has presented for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and is also certified as a trainer for both Thinkfinity and Intel.  As a published Author, Kristina currently writes a column for School Library Media Monthly Magazine.


Richard Hyman –

Richard holds an M.A. in Music from Columbia University and an M.S. in Education from Queens College.  He is Music Director of the Northport Symphony Orchestra and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington.  A music teacher in the New York City Public Schools for thirty-five years,  Mr. Hyman was named “Queens Music Teacher of the Year” in 2007.  Since 1998, he has been an annual recipient of the ASCAP Special Award for composer members.


Vincent La Ruina –

Vincent is a fifth grade teacher at Gardiner Manor School in Bay Shore.  He received his MA from Queens College in Elementary Education and his BA from University of NY in Psychology with Elementary Education Certification.  He has taught online classes for Creative Teacher Education Institute and Brooklyn Brainery.


Lubomski Melissa –

Melissa is a lifelong educator, teaching social studies at the Woodmere Middle School in Helwlett for almost three decades.  She is a Technology Integration Lead Teacher, a member of the District-wide Technology Committee and a professional development presenter.  Melissa holds a B.S. in Education and an M.S. as a Reading specialist from St. John’s University.  Her passion for technology combined with the desire to help other professionals advance their careers has brought her to SCOPE.


Patricia Magilligan –

Patricia celebrated her 26th year of literacy instruction last year.  She is currently a Literacy Specialist in the Baldwin School District.  She has a BS in Elementary Education from Adelphi University, a MS in Reading Specialization from St. Johns University, and is in the process of completing her administrative degree from Stony Brook University.  Mrs. Magilligan has conducted school and district wide professional development in the area of Balanced Literacy.  She looks forward to collaborating with teachers with many different perspectives and experiences.


Gayle Meinkes-Lumia –

Gayle has been teaching English at the Brentwood School District for nineteen years.  She is a master teacher who is heavily involved in student success and teacher education.  Gayle was the English Language Arts Staff Developer at Brentwood for two years, where she created innovative lessons and disseminated information to faculty and students.  She has taught classes at LIIPS and the Brentwood Teacher Center for fifteen years.  Gayle has developed lectures for the Suffolk Reading Council, written articles for the “Social Studies Docket”, and was  awarded ”New York State Educator of Excellence” in 2000.  Last year, Gayle was honored as “Teacher of the Year” for the Brentwood School District.

Amy Miller –

Amy has been in the education field for 24 years. The first 19 years were spent as a 6th grade English teacher in Bay Shore Middle School and the past 5 years as the BSMS Library Media Specialist.


Maureen O’Brien –

Maureen began teaching in 1997 as a Speech Pathologist in the Kings Park School District.  She then taught 6th grade Inclusion for five years.  Maureen became a Certified Academic Language Therapist in 2005 and a Literacy Specialist in 2010.  She has been teaching students with dyslexia to read in grades 4 – 12 using the Orton Gillingham Methodology in the Kings Park School District since 2005.


Danielle Pallatto –

Danielle has been teaching at the elementary level for 8 years. She earned her undergraduate and dual masters degrees at Molloy College. She has certifications in both general and special education from birth through grade 6. She has also taught educational technology classes at Molloy.


Andrew Paskal –

Andrew teaches in elementary education at the Plainview Old Bethpage School District. He is certified in elementary education, literacy, and educational technology.


Dr. Peter A Pece –

Peter received his doctorate in the field of Neuromusicology where he examined issues involved in how the brain processes music, memory and language, and what the effects of brain trauma has upon these processes.           Dr. Pece retired from public school teaching after 37 years but remains involved as an adjunct at Stony Brook University where he lectures on such diverse topics as music and neurologic function, educational methods and the early adolescent, and guides teachers and administrators in the construction and the writing of their graduate thesis. Peter recently musically directed and conducted “Beauty and the Beast” and “My Fair Lady” at Gateway Playhouse with Broadway’s Jennifer Hope Wills. Also at Gateway, Peter was pianist/musical director for “The Rat Pack is Back” where he performed with “The Black Tie Affair Swing Orchestra” and the Rat Pack impersonators from Las Vegas. Peter has performed at Lincoln Center as well as having arranged and performed musical revues for former President Bush (41) and former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. He has been the musical director of Gateway Playhouses Children’s Theatre since 1993, where he musically directed over 30 productions. Peter is the musical director and musical arranger for “Courting the Jester: A Salute to Danny Kaye” and “That’s Amore” A Musical Salute to the Composer Harry Warren which have been performed in the tri-state area since 2001.


Marina Poulis –

Marina Poulis has been teaching foreign language for 21 years at both, the middle and high school levels.  She has been at the East Islip School district since 1999.  Her participation in five study abroad programs has given her perspective and awareness into different cultures and people.  She earned her BA in French and Sociology from Binghamton University and an MAT in French from Stony Brook University.  She is also certified to teach Spanish.


Sue Presberg –

Sue currently teaches professional development courses for the art dept of the West Hempstead School district, SCOPE, Art Supervisors Association & OSA Institute. She has taught countless in-service courses for Long Beach, Long Beach Teacher Center & Dellecave Institute; after a career teaching art, photography and digital media for over 30 years in Long Beach and NYC.





Alissa Rosenberg –

Alissa Rosenberg is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicap. She is currently working in the Harborfields Central School District. Previous experience includes working with children in the Early Intervention Program in Suffolk and Nassau County. She received her B.A. from Hofstra University in Psychology and her M.S. from Adelphi University in Communication Sciences. Alissa has also had the privilege to have participated in the mentor program at the Social Thinking Clinic in San Jose, California under the direction of Speech Pathologist Michelle Garcia Winner.


Christina Sciarrotto –

Christina currently teaches first grade in New Hyde Park.  She has Masters’ Degrees in Literacy and Administration.  In 2013, Christina was the recipient of SCOPE’s Shine Above the Rest Teacher Service Award.


Michael Sims –

Michael has been a classroom teacher for 23 years.  He has also serves as an instructor providing professional development, graduate courses and workshops for several institutions.  These include:  SCOPE, Teacher Education Institute, and Dellacave Educational Institute.  Michael also serves as a coordinator for new teachers in his school district and regularly works with local universities as a cooperating teacher.


Tracy Toth –

Tracy teaches computers and business education at Sayville Middle School.  She is the technology teacher trainer for the Middle School and an Adult Education instructor.  She holds MOS certifications in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


Christopher Visco –

Christopher taught Earth Science & AP Environmental Science for 33 years. Christopher is retired and serves as an adjunct professor at SCC in Geology. He has collected rocks, minerals and fossils all over the US and found the first and only dinosaur fossil on Long Island.


Francine Voulo –

Francine is a Spanish Teacher at Robert Moses Middle School in N. Babylon.  She received her BA in Spanish & Elementary Education from Hofstra University, her master’s from Adelphi University.  She started this course to help her colleagues at work to communicate with the growing Spanish population in our schools.


Warren Annie –

Annie is a special education teacher at Woodmere Middle School.  She is continually focused on meeting all learners’ need and making learning accessible and engaging.  Her creative spirit, knowledge of technology, and interest in teaching and learning have brought her to SCOPE.


Jeannette Walsh –

Jeannette Walsh, a reading specialist in the Lindenhurst School District, has over two decades of experience working in K-12 classrooms. Her passion lies in assisting both students and teachers, and she is dedicated to empowering children to achieve their maximum potential in the area of literacy.







Danielle Waitz –

Danielle is currently working as a fifth grade teacher in the Smithtown School District.  She has been teaching for 16 years.  Mrs. Waitz received her BA in Elementary Education/Psychology as well as a Masters Degree in MST from Hofstra University.  She has also served as an instructor providing professional development.  Danielle has also been a mentor for new teachers in her district and serves as her school’s science liaison with the district’s science coordinator.


Jully Williams –

Jully is currently working as an ENL teacher for the North Babylon School District.  Ms Williams received her BA and her MA in TESOL from Adelphi University.   


Cecile Wren –

Cecile is an educational consultant who customizes professional development programs for school districts throughout Long Island.  These programs focus on district/school reorganization efforts, middle level education initiatives, social and emotional literacy programs, anti-bulling programs, and the Dignity for All Students Act.   Cecile teaches in-service and online courses to provide the skills and techniques needed to support these initiatives.  Cecile has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences.