• Opening Page image


    The Regional Professional Development Academy’s office is located at The Memorial Middle School in Eatontown Borough. Our mailing address is:  7 Grant Avenue, Eatontown, NJ 07724. Our phone number is (862) 227-0352.  Deb Smith will be handling all inquiries and registrations for the RPDA workshops. Our Business Office is located in Little Egg Harbor.  The Business Office mailing address is:  Little Egg Harbor BOE, 307 Frog Pond Road, Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087.  Ann Facemyer provides us with all our Business Office support.   Our website is hosted by Little Egg Harbor and the web address is: https://www.lehsd.org/rpda, then click on the Regional Professional Development Academy button, or you can search “RPDA workshops”.

    The mission of the Regional Professional Development Academy continues to address students with moderate to severe disabilities in the general education classroom.  Based on survey responses from member districts, feedback forms from educators attending workshops and feedback from the Steering Committee, we have selected the following strands:


    • Autism
    • Behavior Management
    • Best Practices
    • Interactive Technology for the Classroom
    • Literacy
    • Social Skills


    The intent is to improve learning outcomes for students by having educators share knowledge and work collaboratively across district boundaries.  Educators will be able to return to their local professional learning communities and provide turn-key training back to their respective districts.


    We want to emphasize that all the seminars are open to all school personnel.  This includes general and special education teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers, child study teams and administrators.  Parents are welcome to attend all of the workshops and we have requested member school districts to make a special effort to inform parents of the seminars so that they may register and participate.


    Our fee structure is very manageable. The following participation fee entitles all staff and parents unlimited attendance at workshops identified in the brochure:


    400 or less students, the annual fee is $710.00

    401 - 900 students, the annual fee is $1,100.00

    901 or more students, the annual fee $1,995.00


    Non-member schools may send staff and parents to workshops at a fee of $100.00 for each participant on a space available basis.


    The seminars for the 2018-2019 school year are in the lower level presentation room at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown.  Coffee and bagels will be provided during sign-in at the Monmouth Mall location only.  If you desire your own refreshments during registration or at the break, you are welcome to use the food court or any other food facilities at the Monmouth Mall at your own expense.


    We look forward to welcoming you to the workshops and thank you for your continued input and participation.  Good wishes for a successful school year.



    Patricia Rizzo                                                         Deb Smith                                                       Lee Lasser

    Program Administrator                                 Administrative Assistant                              Training Specialist