FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 22, 2014 -
EDUCATION CENTER • 49 COTTAGE PLACE• RIDGEWOOD NJ •07451
Contact: Debra Anderson, Public Information Officer, 201-670-2700, ext. 10555
Cheryl Best, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, 201-670-2700, ext. 10532
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2014 -- The Ridgewood Public Schools will partner with the Ridgewood Public
Library to present the next-up program in its Community Outreach Program series in January.
The program, an engaging panel discussion on “Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and
Gender Issues,” will take place on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Benjamin Franklin Middle
School Auditorium from 7-9 p.m. The program is free and open to the adult public.
The panelists will discuss the social pressures and challenges that impact the behavior of boys
and girls, and the distinction between problematic and “normal” teen behavior.
Panelists include professionals Jamie Ciofalo, M.A., Owner/Founder of Power Educational
Consultants, LLC; Maggie DiPasquale, Founder of Modern Mentor Program, Emme Endeavors,
LLC; Kate MacHugh, MSW and expert on girl bullying, author and professional speaker; and
Andrew Yeager, Certified School Psychologist and Founding Member/Coordinator of the
Bergen County Association of Student Assistance Professionals.
The Community Outreach Program was developed for parents and guardians by the district’s
Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. The program consists of individual evening
presentations that focus on current trends and issues in education.
On Thursday, March 5, Hawes School Principal Paul Semendinger and Physical Education staff
members Susan Kameno and Craig Mahler will present the latest research on exercise and the
brain, with implications on learning and education. The program will take place from 7-9 p.m. at
the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, floor 3.
“Special Education Learning Issues” will be the final program on Tuesday, May 26. Dr. Kim
Buxenbaum-Turner, district Director of Special Programs, will provide an in-depth, parentfocused look at the district’s Special Education program. The program will take place from 7-9
p.m. at the Education Center, floor 3.
For more information, please contact the office of Cheryl Best, Assistant Superintendent for