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
  • 2017–2018 Associate Coordinator: SallyAnn Giess, Salus University
  • 2016–2018 Editor: Shannon S. Hall-Mills, Florida State University
  • 2017–2019 Professional Development Manager: Francine E. Wenhardt, Chapman University/Tustin Unified School District
  • 2017–2019 Member-At-Large: Lisa K. Chattler, Los Alamitos Unified School District
  • 2017–2019 Member-At-Large: Carol B. Fleming, Pulaski Heights Middle School, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Ex Officio: Jaumeiko J. Coleman, Director, School Services, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

2017–2019 Associate Editor: Celeste A. Domsch, Texas State University

Editorial Review Committee

  • Shannon S. Hall-Mills, Editor
  • Celeste A. Domsch, Associate Editor
  • Cheval V. Bryant
  • Mary Dale Fitzgerald
  • Sharon M. DiFino
  • Lizbeth J. Dooley-Zawacki
  • Neha Bhatt Parekh
  • Francine E. Wenhardt, Professional Development Manager
  • Jaumeiko J. Coleman, Ex Officio

Professional Development Committee

  • Francine E. Wenhardt, Professional Development Manager
  • Julie A. DeFazio
  • Kelly Farquharson
  • Rosemarie R. Griffin
  • Jennifer L. Schultz
  • Shannon S. Hall-Mills, Editor
  • Celeste A. Domsch, Associate Editor
  • Jaumeiko J. Coleman, Ex Officio 

Staff Liaison for Communications

Frank Wisswell, Production Editor, ASHA

Liaisons to the ASHA Board of Directors

  • Robert C. Fifer, 2016–2018 Vice President for Audiology Practice
  • Marie C. Ireland, 2018–2020 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

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