ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall

The ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall

The ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall Meeting, which occurred on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, was held to discuss the following longstanding issues faced by school-based members:

  • Diminishing school funding and accompanying personnel shortages
  • High caseloads
  • Excessive paperwork and documentation
  • Limited ability to vary service-delivery methods

The town hall slides are available [PDF] and the recordings of the town hall are below:

The moderator for the event was Gail J. Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA's  Immediate Past President. The following are the panel of experts who provided feasible solutions to the concerns and questions from school-based members who registered for the town hall:

  • School-Level Decision Makers
    • Ann Allen, Masters, Educational Administration; Middle School Principal, California
    • Jennifer Van Tress, M.S., Speech Pathology; Elementary School Principal, Nevada
  • District-Level Decision Makers
    • Lou Malerba, MA, CCC-SLP; Former Assistant Superintendent for Special Education, New York
    • Richard Fry, EdD, Educational Leadership; Superintendent of Schools, Pennsylvania
  • State-Level Decision Makers
    • Evelyn Dixon, MS, CCC-SLP, Ed.S., Curriculum and Instruction; Education Program Specialist, Georgia
    • Marie Ireland, MEd, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL; ASHA's Vice President of Speech-Language Pathology Practice; Specialist, Virginia
  • Union Representative
    • Carol Fleming, MS, CCC-SLP; ASHA Fellow; Speech-Language Pathologist, NEA Director, Arkansas

Resources referenced during the town hall follow:

If you have questions about the town hall, please feel free to contact the ASHA Schools Services team by e-mailing

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