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The Training Institute at Garfield Park Academy, Willingboro, New Jersey

The Training Institute at Garfield Park Academy disseminates information on best practices in special education. The Institute offers free trainings to school leaders and other educators, with a focus on innovative, evidence-based approaches to serving students with social, emotional, learning and behavioral challenges.

Our goal is to help other schools – public and private – become more aware of the need for using evidence-based school-wide strategies in teaching social-emotional learning, cognitive and behavioral supports, and character development.

Drawing on the advice of the nationally-respected volunteers on our Professional Advisory Board, topics and speakers are selected to help ensure that New Jersey educators have access to topics and speakers that engage attendees and change school culture.

Professional Advisory Board:

Maurice Elias
Ph.D. Professor of Clinical Psychology Rutgers University

Vito Gaglardi, Sr.
Policy advisor and Former Commissioner NJDOE

John Lestino
Past President, NJ Association of School Psychologists

Peggy McElgunn, Esq.
President, Teaching Family Association

Mark Mintz, MD
Founder and CEO CNNH

Bud Milner, MS
Director of Residential Programs, Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home


The Training Institute at GPA is a program of Garfield Park Academy. For more information, call 609-877-4111.

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