Schools 2010:Connect, Create, Innovate in Las Vegas Harnessing the energy from the city known for nonstop celebration, ASHA Schools 2010 travels to Las Vegas on July 16–18. The theme of this 11th schools conference—“Connect, Create, Innovate”—captures the dynamic backdrop of Las Vegas and reflects the energy and commitment of school-based clinicians. Schools 2010, to be held at ... ASHA News
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Schools 2010:Connect, Create, Innovate in Las Vegas
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ASHA News   |   May 01, 2010
Schools 2010:Connect, Create, Innovate in Las Vegas
The ASHA Leader, May 2010, Vol. 15, 20-21. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.15062010.20
The ASHA Leader, May 2010, Vol. 15, 20-21. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.15062010.20
Harnessing the energy from the city known for nonstop celebration, ASHA Schools 2010 travels to Las Vegas on July 16–18. The theme of this 11th schools conference—“Connect, Create, Innovate”—captures the dynamic backdrop of Las Vegas and reflects the energy and commitment of school-based clinicians. Schools 2010, to be held at the Mirage Hotel, will feature nationally known speakers, new conference topics, interactive sessions, and, of course, entertainment.
Keynote speaker Marcia Harding, a speech-language pathologist and president of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, will reflect on the roles of choice, chance, and timing in creating a professional career. She will analyze her own path from school-based SLP to leader in the Arkansas state government, and its lessons for other colleagues in school settings. Later, in a concurrent session, Harding will discuss changes in the systems and structure of K–12 education, with emphasis on the effects on SLPs and audiologists in schools.
Harding, director of the Special Education Division of the Arkansas Department of Education, has 39 years of experience as a program administrator and SLP. She has been recognized by several state and national professional organizations for her efforts on behalf of children and youth with disabilities.
Hot Topics
Throughout the conference, attendees can participate in concurrent sessions on a wide range of school-based topics: cluttering, collaboration and team approaches, the effect of neurotoxins on language and learning, fluency, auditory processing, traumatic brain injury in adolescents, phonology, dysphagia, response-to-intervention and workload, social groups for augmentative and alternative communication users, universal design for learning, early literacy, childhood apraxia of speech, and ethics. (A full list of topics is available online.)
Participants also will be able to browse exhibits, participate in roundtable discussions, and speak with members of ASHA’s Board of Directors during the Member Forum. At a regional discussion session, members of the School Finance Committee will discuss resources available to school-based SLPs as well as new policy documents developed this year.
ASHA is collaborating with the Educational Audiology Association, which will hold a workshop on July 15, immediately preceding the Schools Conference. The first day of the Schools Conference will feature programming of interest to both professions. Audiologists who want to attend both can take advantage of a special one-day Schools Conference registration rate.
SLPs Julie Masterson and Kenn Apel will close the conference by encouraging participants to take what they learn in Las Vegas and pass it on. Their closing session—“What Happens in Vegas Shouldn’t Stay in Vegas!”—will give participants tools to become change agents in their own school settings. Apel is a professor of communication science and disorders at Florida State University in Tallahassee; Masterson is a professor of communication sciences and disorders at Missouri State University.
Speed Networking
Due to the success of last year’s speed networking, Schools 2010 will again offer participants the opportunity to expand their professional connections quickly. On Thurs., July 15, from 6 to 7 p.m., participants will be able to meet colleagues through a series of six-minute networking sessions. Whether you are looking for professional contacts or congenial dinner companions, you can expand your network of colleagues.
Other conference-sponsored fun includes the Royal Flush Raffle, which will benefit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs (see sidebar), and the ASHA-PAC wine tasting reception at the Mirage on Friday night, July 16. Tickets to the wine-tasting (open to ASHA members and their guests only) are $35; proceeds support ASHA’s lobbying efforts.
Las Vegas Fun
Aside from the well-known presenters and breadth and depth of topics covered at ASHA Schools 2010, one of the best parts of this year’s conference is that it’s happening in Las Vegas. Beyond the obvious fun of The Strip, visitors also can enjoy world-class shopping at the Grand Canal Shoppes or at the Fashion Show Mall (just down the street from the Mirage).
Las Vegas offers shows and concerts to suit almost any taste. ASHA Schools 2010 registrants will be able to buy discounted tickets to four Cirque du Soleil shows (Mystère™, KÀ™, Criss Angel Believe™, and Zumanity™). An international phenomenon, Cirque du Soleil combines spectacular theatrics, dance, and athleticism.
ASHA Schools 2010, developed with input from members, offers up to 1.6 ASHA CEUs. Delve more deeply into schools practice and enjoy meeting ASHA colleagues in vibrant Las Vegas! For more information or to register, go to the Schools page on ASHA’s Web site. Money-saving early-bird registration closes June 7.
Win a Chance to See “Love”

Do you “Love” Cirque du Soleil? The winner of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s Schools Conference Royal Flush Raffle will win two tickets to see Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” at the Mirage while in Las Vegas.

Place your bet! A $25 raffle ticket gets you:

  • One chance to win two tickets to “Love,”Є which combines the magic of Cirque du Soleil with the spirit of The Beatles to create an entertainment experience celebrating the Beatles’ musical legacy ($300 value).

  • Three chances to win the Phenomenal Philly prize package at the 2010 ASHA Convention. Valued at more than $2,400, the package includes free ASHA Convention registration, a hotel suite for four nights, dinner for two, and other VIP amenities.

Take a chance to hit this jackpot and support the ASHFoundation. To purchase raffle tickets, check the Royal Flush Raffle tickets box on the conference registration form.

Already registered? Then phone 800-498-2071 to add Royal Flush Raffle tickets to your registration.

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