About Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues


SIG 16's mission is

  • To develop and provide leadership and advocacy through a forum for all speech-language pathologists and audiologists with interests in school-based issues, including clinicians and researchers from schools, universities, and all other settings.
  • To promote the highest quality services within early childhood programs and schools by addressing clinical, educational, administrative and legislative/regulatory concerns at local, state, and federal levels.

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is the SIG's online publication. SIG 16's continuously-built issue contributes 4 self-study CE activities a year.

Online Chats

SIGs sponsor live online chats. These events feature topic experts who answer questions from the audience. All ASHA and NSSLHA members may attend. Live online chats are not eligible for CEUs. Archived chats can be accessed online.

Continuing Education

  • The SIG sponsors a Short Course and a seminar at the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Perspectives contains continuing education articles. Readers may earn ASHA continuing education credit by completing self-study questions related to those articles. SIG affiliates may complete the self-study for a $5 processing fee.
  • Short Course: SIG affiliates are eligible for a 50% discount on select Short Courses at the ASHA Convention.


SIG affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in school-based issues:

  • SIG 16 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to school-based issues.
  • SIG 16 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 16 Coordinator represents the Schools SIG within the ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.
  • The Coordinating Committee responds to ASHA requests for input regarding policy, guidelines, committees, and other issues.
  • Affiliates have the opportunity to provide input to the SIG leadership and ASHA.

Coordinating Committee Members

2016–2018 Coordinator: Lisa A. Keane, Broward County Public Schools, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2013–2016 Associate Coordinator: Virginia Kelly, University Place School District
2016–2018 Perspectives Editor: Shannon S. Hall-Mills, Florida State University
2014–2016 Professional Development Manager: JoAnne Wiechmann, Irving Independent School District
2014–2016 Member-At-Large: Carol Fleming, Pulaski Heights Middle School, Little Rock, Arkansas
2016–2018 Member-At-Large: SallyAnn Giess, California State University system
Ex Officio: Deborah Adamczyk Dixon, Director, School Services, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

2013–2016 CE Content Manager: Lisa Chattler, Los Alamitos Unified School District

Editorial Review Committee

Shannon S. Hall-Mills, Editor
Cheval V. Bryant
Mary Dale Fitzgerald
Sharon M. DiFino
Celeste A. Domsch
Lizbeth J. Dooley-Zawacki
Mahchid Namazi
Neha Bhatt Parekh
Sharon A. Parisi
Elaine M. Rau
Sindy Sands
Jennifer G. Smith
Louise D. Valente
Denise V. Wadsworth
Francine E. Wenhardt
Deborah Adamczyk Dixon, Ex Officio
JoAnn H. Wiechmann, PDM
Lisa K. Chattler, CE Content Manager

Professional Development Committee

JoAnn H. Wiechmann, Professional Development Manager
Lisa K. Chattler, CE Content Manager
Kelly Farquharson
Jennifer L. Schultz
Lyndsey Pollack Zurawski
Shannon S. Hall-Mills, Editor
Deborah Adamczyk Dixon, Ex Officio 

Staff Liaison for Communications

Frank Wisswell, Production Editor, ASHA

Board Liaisons

Robert C. Fifer, 2016–2018 Vice President for Audiology Practice
Sandra Laing Gillam, 2015–2017 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

ASHA Corporate Partners