Editor’s Note: This post—together with the one from Friday, July 8—offers insights into the inaugural ASHA Connect conference. While the Friday post focused on the conference’s health care side; this one focuses on schools.
ASHA combined the formerly separate schools and health care/private practice conferences into a single, resource-packed, networking-filled gathering called ASHAConnect. #SLPeeps from Connecticut to Canada to California and beyond enjoyed three days of sessions covering clinical and emerging issues, business management and leadership techniques, swallowing and neurogenic disorders, service delivery, language and literacy interventions, and work with children with special needs.
Editors from “The ASHA Leader” sat in on numerous sessions. We also talked to attendees during breaks to find out what they wanted to gain from the conference—as well as what they hope to read in future Leader issues. One request remained consistent: everyone wants resources they can use in practice immediately.
Well, here you go. The following list includes just a few of the website, book and app recommendations given by presenters who talked about school-based issues. (Friday’s post by Managing Editor Carol Polovoy, delves into the healthcare and private practice side of things.)
NewsELA—offers current news stories written for various reading levels, including writing prompts and quizzes.
Flocabulary—creates rap songs around target vocabulary, organized by grade level.
Storyline Online—the Stage Actors Guild produces this free collection of books read by professional actors.
Kids Count Data Center—offers insights into the several factors affecting children arranged by topic and state.
“Got Your Attention?: How to Create Intrigue and Connect with Anyone”—Sam Horn gave the opening plenary presentation and shared her strategies for giving an attention-grabbing, 60-second pitch and turning a “no” into a “yes” when asking for something.
“Take the Bully by the Horns: Stop Unethical, Uncooperative, or Unpleasant People from Running and Ruining Your Life”—Horn followed her opening session with a talk on dealing with bullies. You can apply her advice to co-workers, supervisors, parents or personal relationships with controlling people.
“Teaching With Poverty in Mind” and “Engaging Students With Poverty in Mind” by Eric Jensen—both books offer practical advice on working with students who face the constant stress and sometimes life-threatening conditions of living in poverty, which affects their cognitive, emotional and behavioral development.
Wayside School series—suggested as great content to use with middle school students working on word-level literacy. A presenter says the short, self-contained chapters provide age-appropriate content with accessible vocabulary.
“Spot” books—picture books featuring excellent source material for activities to improve print referencing.
Phonological Awareness Lab—select entertaining and educational activities by goals to help students decode words and compose sentences.
InferCabulary 2—games, teaching units and quizzes to help students learn new vocabulary and inference skills.
Articulation Station—another resource recommended by more than one presenter to hone articulation skills—also available in Spanish.
Smithsonian Channel—free for any mobile device or computer, it offers original videos on myriad topics, along with documentaries and fun facts.
Mystery Word Town—sight-word spelling app that allows users to record their own voices, create custom lists or use one of many games.
Nessy Dyslexia Quest—one of several apps designed for educators to help students improve decoding and reading skills.
Fizz Brain Touch & Write Phonics—one presenter’s favorite feature of this app includes the ability to create your own word lists for each student.
And one podcast!
Heinemann podcasts—podcasts on a variety of literacy and writing topics.
Share one of your favorite websites, books, apps or other resource along with how you use it and why you like it in the comments section below.
Next year’s ASHA Connect conference takes place in New Orleans from July 7-9. Join us there and take home useful technique, tips and resources you can use in practice.