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2019 ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall

ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall 2019

Attract, Prepare, and Retain School-Based SLPs

The 2019 ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall, the second installment in the town hall series, featured a moderator and panel to address the need to expand the school-based SLP workforce. The panel presented innovative strategies and solutions to attract, prepare, and retain school-based SLPs. 

View the town hall slides [PDF] and listen to the recordings:

The moderator for the event was Judith K. Montgomery, PhD, CCC-SLP, 1995 ASHA President and Editor-in-Chief for Communication Disorders Quarterly.  The panel of experts included:

  • Charles H. Carlin, PhD, CCC-SLP, associate professor and graduate program coordinator at The University of Akron of Ohio
  • Katherine A. Hoffman, MS, CCC-SLP, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Arizona Department of Education
  • Jerrold Jackson, MA, CCC-SLP, owner and Special Services Director of Roundtree Group, PLLC which provides consultation, mentoring, speech-language, assistive technology and educational evaluation services to a variety of agencies
  • Joneen Lowman, PhD, CCC-SLP, associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky, and former special education teacher and school speech-language pathologist
  • Jeffrey C. Meeks, EdD, CCC-SLP, Director of Special Education for Holbrook Unified School District in northeastern Arizona, and Assistant Clinical Professor and SLPA Certificate Coordinator at Northern Arizona University
  • John T. Riley, MA, Senior Policy Analyst in the Education Policy & Practice Department at the National Education Association (NEA)
  • Laurie VanderPloeg, MA, Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), at the U.S. Department of Education

Past Events

2018 ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall

ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall 2018

The 2018 ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall meeting was held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 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 

    If you have questions about the town hall, please contact ASHA's Schools Services team by e-mailing

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