Join a conversation about how to attract, prepare, and retain school-based speech-language pathologists in a free virtual Town Hall meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. EST. Attending the Town Hall makes you eligible for 0.15 ASHA continuing education units.
In response to concerns from members and administrators around the country about the need to expand the school-based workforce, the ASHA School Team recruited a group of top-level panelists to provide innovative solutions and success stories on how to attract, prepare, and retain school-based SLPs .
Judy Montgomery will moderate the panel discussion. Montgomery, who served as 1995 ASHA president, recently retired as chair of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program of Chapman University in Irvine, California. She has also worked as a school SLP and special education director.
- Kathy Hoffman, Arizona superintendent of public instruction for the Arizona Department of Education and former school-based SLP.
- Chuck Carlin of the University of Akron, who developed a workload calculator used in schools throughout Ohio.
- Jerrold Jackson, an independent contractor, who has supervised speech-language pathology assistants and has been a lead SLP and special education director. He provides school-based services and helps districts attract and retain SLPs in Texas.
- Joneen Lowman, a former special education teacher and school-based SLP, teaches at the University of Kentucky. She supports telepractice as a way to ease workload and and to coach SLPs.
- Jeff Meeks, a former school-based SLP, is a special education director in northeastern Arizona and an assistant clinical professor at Northern Arizona University.
- John Riley, senior policy analyst at the National Education Association, has worked as a special education teacher and has a long history of collaborating with school-based SLPs.
- Laurie VanderPloeg, director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), addresses education issues affecting infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. She is the parent of an adult with disabilities, and a former special education director and special education teacher .
Register online today to participate in the virtual town hall. You can pose questions for the panelists to answer on your registration form; we’ll answer as many as we can. You’ll also be able to contribute to the conversation in real time with comments and questions.
This event is eligible for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (or 1.5 professional development hours). To earn continuing education credit, you must submit the completion form on or before Dec. 17, 2019. Continuing education credit is available only for registered participants in the live event.
Stacey Ellison Glasgow, MA, CCC-SLP, is ASHA associate director of school services. email@example.com