Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 MSHA President’s Welcome

Happy New Year and welcome to MSHA 2018. I am honored to begin my service as 2018 MSHA President. It is my hope that “engagement in your state association” will be the theme for 2018. Involvement through professional service is highly rewarding. I challenge you to help promote the growth of our membership this year. MSHA continues to work tirelessly for both Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists behind the scenes at many levels. In 2018, I want that work to be transparent to all professionals especially in this state. MSHA is comprised of an Executive Board consisting of nine members. In addition, MSHA also consists of many committee volunteers who work on behalf of the membership. The more involved you are the more MSHA can do for our profession at the state and national level. Check the new and improved website frequently for updates on what MSHA is doing for you.

MSHA annual membership dues along with MSHA’s renowned continuing education conference continue to be our primary sources of income. Therefore, it is vital that we engage in conversation and promotion of both membership and attending the conference. MSHA’s continued success depends on this. It is crucial to become MSHA members and attend conference!! Let’s all spread the word!

The 2018 MSHA Conference will be held in Natchez on April 18-20. We will offer a welcome reception, honors luncheon and block party and of course top notch speakers and a plethora of topics. Remember that attending conference not only helps you earn necessary CEU’s but offers valuable networking and reconnecting with friends.

I would like to thank the 2017 Presidential Committee, Claudette Edwards and Rebecca Lowe for the guidance provided last year. Furthermore, I would like to welcome Kimberly Ward as President-Elect. This will certainly be an outstanding Presidential Committee. I am looking forward to working with the entire 2018 Executive Board and Committees as we engage our members and colleagues in our glorious state.

In closing, I would like to thank all the Presidents before me for leading the way and inspiring the Presidents that would serve after you. Thank you to each member for allowing MSHA to act on your behalf and know MSHA’s best interests are always at the forefront of every decision. Please consider volunteering for a committee or board position in the future!!!!!!

Amy Rosonet LeBert
MSHA President 2018 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Speech-Language Pathologist Growth Rubric and Schools Committee Update

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  This is going to be a great year and I know we are all excited to move forward and do what we love, serve our students with communication delays.

Over the summer months, the Schools Committee developed a new optional tool for a speech-language pathologist with a Mississippi Department of Education 215 license supervising a 216 license holder.  I believe it will be very applicable and helpful to document the 215’s mentoring efforts.  The tool was reviewed by the Mississippi Department of Education- Office of Special Education (OSE).  While this will not be an official or required MDE document, they have given their support and agree this will be useful in documenting mentor-ship from the 215 to the 216.  This is being sent out via e-blast to the MSHA membership for download and use at your convenience.

Additionally, over the summer months members of the Schools Committee met with MDE for our quarterly meeting.  MSHA presented them with the results of the Employee Satisfaction Survey from the 2016-2017 school year.  The MDE OSE was very open and willing to review the findings of this survey.  With MSHA’s assistance, MDE is exploring concern areas and we are hopeful to see positive change in the coming months.  MSHA will share updates as they arise.

Also pertaining to MDE, MSHA is consistently monitoring new developments from MDE regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Again, we will send information as it becomes available.
As the school year kicks into full swing, please see the attached link from MDE’s website with the current Speech-Language Pathologist Growth Rubric.  This is to be used for 215 and 216 license holders.  Please share this information with your administrators, Special Education Directors, etc. if there is confusion regarding the appropriate professional growth tool to be used for Speech Language Pathologists and Speech Therapists.

MSHA’s Schools Committee is excited to explore the use of telepractice in the school setting.  In collaboration with the MSHA Healthcare Committee, we are laying the foundation to make this a viable, practical and successful service delivery model for our state.  More information will be released about this initiative in the future.  If your district is using telepractice, please let us know! We would love incite from MSHA members to help grow and improve this practice.

Please remember, ASHA offers a wide range of resources for SLP’s in the schools.  Follow the link below to access it:

As a team, the Schools Committee members are working to assist our MSHA members to offer the best and most appropriate services for our students.  I know we can all agree, Mississippi’s children deserve the best- that is our passion!  If you have questions, concerns, or would like to volunteer for the Schools Committee, we would be thrilled to have you.  Please contact me if you are interested: vp.schools@mshausa.org

Melissa Ladner, VP: Schools Committee

2018 MSHA President’s Welcome

Happy New Year and welcome to MSHA 2018. I am honored to begin my service as 2018 MSHA President. It is my hope that “engagement in your ...