ASHA Schools 2011 is gearing up to make the voices of school-based speech-language pathologists heard in the city of movers and shakers: Washington, D.C. The conference, scheduled July 8–10, will be held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center. Attendees will experience the fast-paced action of the nation's capital and hear from a variety of nationally known speakers discussing topics that affect schools from across the country.
Speakers and Sessions
The opening plenary will feature motivational speaker Jerry Posner, who brings a humorous, open-minded approach to self-improvement and self-mastery. After a near-death experience in 1976, Posner set out on a lifelong quest to learn and practice ways to become a more positive, growth-oriented, productive, and happier person. He takes a practical, open-minded approach to self-improvement and self-mastery, sharing stories and research with diverse audiences.
Li-Rong Lilly Cheng also will provide a keynote address. Cheng is professor at San Diego State University and executive director of the Chinese Study Institute. An expert in mulitcultural affairs, she received the 1997 ASHA Award for special contributions to multicultural affairs and the 2002 Diversity Award from the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
In addition, an official from the U.S. Department of Education will discuss federal issues and initiatives in K–12 education.
In addition to the regular conference programming, a leadership development program is scheduled for July 7. Thirty participants representing a spectrum of school-based professionals will take part in the first session of the year-long program, designed to prepare them to take on leadership roles in schools. Selected members also will participate in an advocacy effort on July 1; during this Capitol Hill Visit Day, attendees will receive advocacy training and then meet with their representatives in the U.S. Congress to discuss pressing issues facing school-based SLPs. Participation is limited, and must be requested on the conference registration form.
New invitees to ASHA Schools 2011 are speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs), in recognition of the important relationship between school-based SLPs and SLPAs in providing top-notch services to students. Programming on July 8 will include sessions specifically for SLPAs and a session on supervision for SLPs and SLPAs to attend together. An evening reception for SLPAs on July 7 will give SLPs and SLPAs the opportunity to come together and exchange ideas for cultivating strong relationships in the school setting.
Participants also will be able to browse exhibits, participate in roundtable discussions, and speak with members of ASHA's Board of Directors during the Member Forum. At a regional discussion session, members of the School Finance Committee will discuss resources available to school-based SLPs.
Registration is open now and continues through the spring. Register before May 31 and receive the early-bird discount. For more information visit the ASHA's schools web page.