The days are getting shorter and the air is getting cooler. RISHA is in full gear and preparing for the 2015 conference day. Our Social Story CE event was held on October 6 at the Warwick Public Library with 22 members in attendance. The hands-on event was a success with positive feedback from all attendees. Attendees earned .25 CEUs. These events are free to all current calendar year RISHA members. We want to continue to offer these events to members (up to .5 CEUs per calendar year). Renewing your membership entitles you to this as well as other membership perks. RI has SLPs working in all settings that have a wealth of experience and knowledge. If you are willing to present a 1.5-3 hr. workshop to other members RISHA will secure the location, provide snacks and registration and work with presenters to organize the information needed to obtain ASHA CEUs. We are co-offering several workshops this year and in 2015 in order to provide additional opportunities to members. The Conference Committee is finalizing details of our 2015 Conference Day on Saturday on March 28, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Speakers will include Sean Sweeney (www.speechtechie.com), Dr. Shelley Velleman from UVM (CAS and other areas) and a favorite medical speaker, Michelle Tristani (dementia). All of the speakers are well known and have been well received in multiple venues. All are frequent presenters at ASHA and in the surrounding states. Please reserve the date as this may be the last annual conference day if we are not able to increase attendance. It is one of the few conferences offered in the area that includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack break in one low cost. Attending the conference offers a great opportunity to gather with colleagues from around the Ocean State and acknowledge peers who have been selected to be recognized by our organization.
RISHA believes it is important to recognize as many of its members as possible for the outstanding work that they do on a daily basis. Please nominate your colleagues in all work settings for an award of the organization. Awards will be presented at the annual conference day. Nominees are accepted for individuals working in the following settings; Medical, Schools (RIDE Schools), Private Practice. SLPs and AuDs will be considered. One nomination form will be used and found on this site. Please include what you are nominating a colleague for. Be sure to include your contact information and the nominee’s accurate contact information. Let’s recognize and honor our colleagues.
Congratulations again to Ellen Moore the RISHA 2014 SLP of the Year who was honored this year at Waterfire with the RI Educators selected as Teachers of the Year!!!
• PLEASE DONATE TO THE PATRICIA M. STEPHENS SCHOLARSHIP FUND when you renew your membership!
• PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW! WE continue to offer the yearly membership at the same low rate that has been offered for many, many years!!!
***** RISHA NEEDS YOU!!!!!! WE NEED COMMITTEE MEMBERS, ASHA REPRESENTATIVES, A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON, AND NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS. WE NEED A *PRESIDENT-ELECT AND A *TREASURER. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE EMAIL US AND SOMEONE WILL CONTACT YOU. **(Elected positions must follow current by-laws of RISHA).
NEWS AND UPCOMING MEETINGS
SCHOOLS COMMITTEE- The Schools Committee meets monthly at the North Kingstown Town Library 100 Boone St. Meetings have focused on the RIDE evaluation system for SLPs, writing SOOs and SLOs, full implementation timeline, etc. Colleagues continue to share helpful information. Please contact Keleigh Sabourin or Lynn Feldman if interested in attending a meeting. Meetings were held in September and October. A November meeting is scheduled for 11/18 from 4:15-6 PM. No December meeting is planned. The committee will meet again in January 2015.
SAVE THE DATE
Schools Committee Meeting dates
NOVEMBER 18, 2014: North Kingstown Town Library; 100 Boone St. NK; 4:15-6:00 pm.
Future School Committee Meetings
1/12, 2/24, 3/23 and 5/5
All meetings are at the North Kingstown Town Library upstairs meeting room from 4:15-6pm
Join the committee or attend a meeting
Contact Chairpersons Keleigh Sabourin or Lynn Feldman for more info. firstname.lastname@example.org or
***Please let us know how the full implementation of the evaluation system is going! Contact us through this website or email Ellen Connery at email@example.com
***Please send us information on the impact of the 9 year old rule in RI- how it affects the students served in our schools. You can send any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCH 28, 2015– Annual RISHA Conference Crowne Plaza Warwick RI