ISHA 2023 Virtual Educational Series: Workload Advocacy Session


Workload Analysis: Challenges and Advocacy


Presented by: Karen Kockler, MA, CCC, SLP-L


Session length: One hour


Activity Description: During this presentation, the speaker identified the challenges school-based SLPs experience and the impact on their students when workloads are not balanced. Strategies and possible solutions for advocacy to implement the IL Administrative Code Section 226.735 Workload for Special Educators, collaboration to develop plans for advocacy with colleagues were also discussed. Resources that may help in advocacy efforts, and where to find them, were also presented.


Session Agenda: 

  • 0-30 minutes: Discussion of the many challenges that school-based SLPs face, including how these challenges impact students and teachers
  • 30-60 minutes: Discussion of how to best find other stakeholders for support, collaborate with peers, locate relevant resources, and develop skills and language for use during conversations and/or negotiations with administrators and union representation


Learning Objectives: After attending the presentation, participants will be able to

  • Identify challenges and possible solutions to implementing workload analysis
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to develop a plan of action, determine appropriate language for use during conversations and negotiations with administration, other disciplines, and union representation, and create a list of benefits, including reasons for implementing workload analysis
  • Gather relevant resources that will help your team have a common understanding of the issues, from the perspectives of both administration and staff, to use during your own advocacy efforts for workload implementation

Disclosure Information:

  • Financial: Karen Kockler does not have a relevant financial relationship to disclose.
  • Nonfinancial: Karen Kockler is a member of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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