American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Collaborative Solutions for the CCSS

Register Now!Conference Faculty

Patricia Iafrate Bellini, MS, CCC-SLP, has been a school-based practitioner for 33 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Rhode Island College and her master's degree from Boston University. She is a past president of the Rhode Island Speech-Language Hearing Association and has served as chair of its Public/Private School Committee. Iafrate Bellini was an ASHA State Education Advocacy Leader from Rhode Island for several years. She is a member of ASHA's Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council. Iafrate Bellini has worked as a Speech-Language Pathology Fellow at the Rhode Island Department of Education, where her duties included drafting statewide eligibility criteria. She has presented locally and nationally on Response to Intervention (RTI), the Common Core State Standards, workload/caseload, and advocacy issues. She served as a member of ASHA's School Finance Committee from 2008 to 2009 and was chair of the committee in 2010. She is a co-author of the recently published book RTI in Action, Grades 3–5: Oral and Written Language Activities for the Common Core State Standards.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker received financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Deborah Adamczyk Dixon, MA, CCC-SLP, is ASHA's director of School Services. In this position, she works to ensure that school-based SLPs are well-represented in ASHA's resource and program planning as well as its advocacy efforts. The school setting has been the focus of Dixon's career, as she has worked as a practitioner, administrator, state consultant, and state compliance monitor in Pennsylvania. She served on a number of professional and community committees in Pennsylvania and was a member of ASHA's Legislative Council, site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation, and member of ASHA committees before joining the ASHA staff. She has given presentations at the state and national level and serves on several national committees. She is a co-author of RTI in Action: Oral Language Activities for K–2 Classrooms and RTI In Action, Grades 3–5: Oral and Written Language Activities for the Common Core State Standards.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker is an employee of ASHA

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Speaker is an ASHA member and co-author of the RTI in Action books

Michelle Galgano, MEd, is a teacher at Elbridge Gale Elementary School in the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida. She has been teaching since 2011. She is certified in elementary education (K-6) and exceptional student education. She also holds her gifted, ESOL, and reading endorsements. Galgano has experience as a general education teacher, an exception student education (ESE) teacher, and a general education teacher with ESE students in an inclusive setting. Her passion is literacy.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker is an employee of the Schools District of Palm Beach County

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Lyndsey Zurawski, SLPD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with experience in the public school setting and private practice. Recently she completed her doctorate in speech-language pathology from Nova Southeastern University. In the past 9 years, she has focused on literacy, curriculum-based therapy, inclusion, and, more recently, Common Core State Standards within the school setting. Zurawski has been a guest speaker at Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, she is a former participant in the ASHA Leadership Development Program for early career professionals.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Speaker is an employee of the Schools District of Palm Beach County

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Speaker developed the Inclusion Mentoring and Training (IMAT) Program and is a volunteer teacher/speaker for the program

Share This Page

Print This Page