Spring 2014 Educators’ Lecture Series

Featuring Dr. Robin LaBarbera, Special Education Professor

Saturday, January 11, 9:30 a.m. — noon
Saturday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. — noon
Biola University

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David Costillo
School of Education

We look forward to seeing you at our lectures addressing important issues in education. Registration is FREE. Seating is limited. 

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January Lecture: Implementing California Common Core State Standards & the Smarter Balanced Assessments

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March Lecture: Understanding Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are developmental disorders characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Led by Dr. Robin LaBarbera, Director of Special Education at Biola University, this workshop will provide an overview of the characteristics of ASD and some of the behavioral difficulties that may be experienced by children with an autism spectrum disorder. It also will also present evidence-based practices for addressing the challenging behaviors in children on the autism spectrum. Topics will include the importance of understanding the function of a child’s behavior, strategies for reducing inappropriate behaviors that may cause harm or interfere with learning, and techniques for teaching replacement behaviors. This session will include a combination of lecture and group exercises to better understand and practice techniques, strategies, and ideas discussed.


Dr. Robin LaBarbera
Associate Professor and Director of Special Education, Biola University School of Education

Robin LaBarbera started her teaching career in inner city Los Angeles as a Kindergarten teacher, 3/4th combination class teacher, and finally as an Educational Therapist working with children in K-5 with learning difficulties. Dr. LaBarbera has two Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration/Marketing and Criminal Justice, two Master’s degrees in Education and Special Education/Autism, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies. Her dissertation focused on psychological variables that affect the college completion rate for individuals with learning disabilities. Dr. LaBarbera is currently earning her School Psychology (PPS) credential.


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