Learning & Earning in Boston: CE Success Leads Group to Organize Third Session After two, the third’s the charm: A group of school-based speech-language pathologists in Boston, MA started their first journal study experience through ASHA Continuing Education’s (CE) Learn & Earn program in November 2003 and found that it coordinated so well with their schedules and professional lives, they organized a second ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   March 01, 2005
Learning & Earning in Boston: CE Success Leads Group to Organize Third Session
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  • Renee Levinson, is associate director of ASHA Continuing Education. Contact her at rlevinson@asha.org.
    Renee Levinson, is associate director of ASHA Continuing Education. Contact her at rlevinson@asha.org.×
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ASHA News   |   March 01, 2005
Learning & Earning in Boston: CE Success Leads Group to Organize Third Session
The ASHA Leader, March 2005, Vol. 10, 23. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.10032005.23
The ASHA Leader, March 2005, Vol. 10, 23. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.10032005.23
After two, the third’s the charm: A group of school-based speech-language pathologists in Boston, MA started their first journal study experience through ASHA Continuing Education’s (CE) Learn & Earn program in November 2003 and found that it coordinated so well with their schedules and professional lives, they organized a second one. Success again. They are now planning their third journal group.
The group coordinator Christine Guarnieri found out about the Learn & Earn program when she was checking the ASHA Web site for CE ideas and shared the Learn & Earn concept with her co-workers who thought the “idea was great. The forms were easy to fill out, the directions were clear,” and, Guarnieri added, “ASHA was very supportive and responded quickly any time the group had a question.”
For the Learn & Earn program, groups conduct a 3-6-month focused journal study. Guarnieri’s group initially selected a focus related to their common interests and reviewed articles for five months concerning “Language Services in Elementary Schools.” The articles addressed language, phonological development, and multicultural issues in the schools.
Joining together in this learning experience was first and foremost convenient for these professionals, and a comfortable fit in their work schedules and busy personal and professional lives. They knew they enjoyed working together, but the journal study group gave them a sense of being more unified. It brought the group members together, said Guarnieri, in “support of each other” and got them talking about the challenges they encounter and the strategies they use to optimize treatment outcomes. Guarnieri felt that one of the unexpected positive attributes of the program was that “we learned more about ourselves and discussed many issues that were common to all of us.”
Since their first journal study group experience was so successful, the group decided to join together again, this time for a three-month journal study session. Their focus was “Language Aspects in the School Setting,” and they reviewed articles on social language, language processing, and African-American English.
The group chose several articles for discussion from Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. They found that the tests included in the journal were very helpful to their discussion and learning.
The SLPs in the group work for the Boston Public Schools. In addition to providing services in a variety of elementary schools, they also work in the Head Start Program with students from diverse backgrounds who come from inner city Latino, African American, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean, and Haitian populations.
The SLPs themselves are a diverse-and very busy-group of five women. Two were born and raised in Puerto Rico: Nelida Torres, who enjoys traveling and working in theater productions, is also trained in voice treatment, and plans to return to Puerto Rico to work as an SLP at the end of the 2005 school year; and Migdalia Hernandez-Greene, a mother of two, enjoys travel and is also involved in local theater. The remainder of the group received their training in Boston: Doreen Giammarco is the director of various Italian American groups in the historic North End of Boston; Ellen Nee, who is expecting her third child shortly, enjoys boating, skiing, and travel; and Guarnieri, the group coordinator, also has two children, is an active member of her community, and volunteers for various charity groups.
With such full and time-consuming lives the group has been especially grateful for the flexibility of the Learn & Earn program and the opportunity to expand their knowledge by working together. For information on the programs, fees, and registration, go to Learning Your Way, or e-mail learn-earn@asha.org.
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