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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

Jean Blosser, EdD, CCC-SLP, is passionate about creating systems in our schools that ensure therapists and educators provide high-quality, outcomes-based services for children with disabilities. Blosser is an entrepreneur, professor, innovator, author, teacher, researcher, and leader in school-based services who believes that collaboration is essential. She has held leadership positions in schools, universities, professional organizations, and business. Throughout her career she has mentored hundreds of aspiring school-based therapists, encouraging them to be innovative, to coach and collaborate with their education partners and families, and to make services educationally relevant and meaningful to children so they can participate and succeed in their classrooms. Blosser is president of Creative Strategies for Special Education, where she provides consulting services nationally to K–12 schools, universities, health care agencies, state departments of education, and professional associations. Her services include professional development, strategic planning, program design/development/management, strategies for mentoring new professionals, and innovative instruction and intervention services for children with learning and communication disabilities. She has been named a fellow of ASHA, the American Council on Education, and the Ohio Speech and Hearing Association.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Jean Blosser is a consultant and president of Creative Strategies for Special Education. She receives book royalties from Plural Publishing and Cengage. She 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

Perry Flynn, MEd, CCC-SLP, is an APT associate professor and consultant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in the area of speech-language pathology. He is a member of ASHA's Board of Directors and the chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council. Flynn has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Speech-Hearing-Language Association in addition to serving on many of the association's committees. He has chaired ASHA's School Finance Committee and been a member of the School Service Delivery Committee and Convention Committee. Flynn is co-author of the ASHA publications Developing Educationally Relevant IEPs and Conducting Educationally Relevant Evaluations, and has presented several ASHA webinars on topics related to federal and state law. He is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Operation Smile volunteer, and the Director of the Equestrian Sport Development Team for Special Olympics North Carolina. He is the recipient of the North Carolina Speech, Hearing and Language Association 2014 Clinical Achievement Award, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Ethal Martis Lauther Outstanding Alumni Award for Communication Sciences and Disorders, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction School Support Child Nutrition Services Friend of Child Nutrition Award 2010–2011, and the Wayne Secord Lindamood Clinical Leadership Award in Language and Literacy 2012.

Financial Disclosures:

  • None

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Perry Flynn is a member of the ASHA Board of Directors.

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

Diane Paul, PhD, CCC-SLP, CAE, is ASHA's director of clinical issues in speech-language pathology. Paul is an ASHA Fellow and has worked at ASHA for 25 years. She provides professional consultation, tracks trends, develops educational programs and products, and creates practice resources. Paul is co-author of the ASHA Quality of Communication Life Scale, an assessment tool for adults with neurogenic communication disorders; Talking on the Go, a book for caregivers to enhance speech and language development; the DVD, Speech, Language, and Hearing Milestones: Birth to Age Five; and ASHA's two RTI in Action books, which provide oral language activities for speech-language pathologists and teachers to use in K–5 classrooms in conjunction with the Common Core State Standards.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Diane Paul is an ASHA employee.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Diane Paul is an ASHA member.

Janet Sturm, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Central Michigan University. Sturm has been working in general and special education classrooms for more than 25 years. Her research and development work focuses on writing instruction for students with disabilities, computer-supported literacy, measurement of writing of beginning writers, and classroom communication. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications in speech and language and literacy journals. Sturm has served as the principal investigator for two National Institutes of Health Small Business Technology Transfer Research Grants titled First Author: A Writing Process Software Tool. The objective of the grant projects was to produce an innovative integrated writing software tool that supports beginning writers across the writing process, and is accessible to students with severe speech and physical impairments. The First Author Writing Software was published by Don Johnston Incorporated in the spring of 2013. Sturm is currently completing the First Author Writing Curriculum for students with significant disabilities that draws upon a writing process approach and integrates cognitive strategy instruction and social interaction training. She serves on the Council for Exceptional Children Speech and Language Learning Disabilities Committee, Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness, and is a consulting editor for the Journal of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Janet Sturm has received grant funds from NIH and software royalties from Don Johnston Incorporated.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Janet Sturm is an issue editor for Topics In Language Disorders.

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

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