2019 ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall

December 9, 2019

Learning Objectives

After participating in this town hall, you will be able to:

  • Obtain information on mentoring students and locate career resources that highlight the benefits of entering the profession of speech-language pathology that can be shared with high school and college counselors and other relevant stakeholders. 
  • Identify federal, state, and district level tuition assistance programs to aide in pursuing a degree in speech-language pathology and loan forgiveness programs to aide in addressing student loan debt.
  • Identify ASHA, state and school district resources, programs and supports to utilize and share with stakeholders in support of retention of school-based SLPs


The moderator for the event is Judith K. Montgomery, PhD, CCC-SLP, 1995 ASHA President and Editor-in-Chief for Communication Disorders Quarterly, and retired chair of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program in Chapman University in Irvine, California.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Applicable travel, lodging, per diem and mileage costs paid by ASHA
  • Receives annual royalties as an author of four books and other SLP publications
  • Receives compensation as the Communication Disorders Quarterly journal editor

Non-financial Disclosures:

  • Certified ASHA member
  • Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CFCC) member
  • Committee on Clinical Specialty Certification (CCSC) member
  • Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and Language Disorders
  • Special Interest Group 1, Language Learning and Education and Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues Affiliate

Charles H. Carlin, PhD, CCC-SLP, associate professor and graduate program coordinator at The University of Akron of Ohio.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Faculty member at The University of Akron
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Katherine A. Hoffman, MS, CCC-SLP, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Arizona Department of Education.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Receives a salary as an employee of the Arizona Department of Education
  • Travel reimbursement from ASHA for this presentation

Non-Financial Disclosures:

  • Arizona State Board of Education – Board member – 10 mo.
  • Arizona State Charter School Board – Board member – 10 mo.
  • Arizona Board of Regents – Board member – 10 mo.
  • Democratic party – elected official – 10 mo.
  • ASHA member – 5 mo.
  • Arizona Federation of Teachers – member – 2.5 yrs.

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.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of University of Kentucky
  • Grant funding from OSEP and NIDCD
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • SIG 18 Telepractice Committee Chair
  • Telepractice Topic Chair for 2020 ASHA Convention

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

Financial Disclosures:

  • Travel expenses were reimbursed for participation in this event
  • No other relative financial relationships exist

Non-Financial Disclosures:

  • Jeff Meeks is a former President of the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ArSHA) and he currently serves as the Chair of the Government Affairs Committee. He receives no compensation as a member of the ArSHA board.

John T. Riley, MA, Senior Policy Analyst in the Education Policy & Practice Department at the National Education Association (NEA).

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of the National Education Association
  • No financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Jennie Sanders, EdD, Certified Independent Consultant, Speaker, Coach, and Trainer with research and work experiences focused on effective instructional delivery, school improvement based on data-driven analyses, and school-based leadership and administration.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Contractual work with Accreditation Associations
  • Financial compensation from ASHA

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationship(s) to the content of this presentation.

Course Information

  • CE credit: 0.15 ASHA CEUs (1.5 PDHs)
  • Event date: December 9, 2019
  • Type of course: Live event (in person and online)
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Area: Related

Continuing Education Credit

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment within 5 days of the event—on or before December 14, 2019. Instructions for accessing the learning assessment will be provided at the conclusion of the event.

Continuing education credit is available only for registered participants of the live in-person and online event. Recordings may be available for viewing after the event, but recordings are not eligible for CE credit.

ASHA Approved CE Provider

This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Related area).

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

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