Workshop: Teaching Literacy to Children with Special Needs

December 22, 2009

2010 T.K. Martin Center Education Forum

Mississippi State University

February 16-17, 2010

CLICK HERE for registration information


William Mustain elected to ASHA Audiology Advisory Council

August 17, 2009

Dr. William (Bill) Mustain is Mississippi’s newly elected member of the ASHA Audiology Advisory Council.  He will serve a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2012.  The Audiology Advisory Council and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council are charged with identifying, discussing and ranking issues of concern to members and advising the ASHA Board of Directors on issues for consideration as the Association engages in strategic or forward thinking.  Each Advisory Council is comprised of 53 members—one from each state, the District of Columbia, International constituency, and NSSLHA. Members of the Advisory Councils are elected by ASHA members in their state and profession.  Dr. Carolyn Higdon continues to serve as the ASHA Speech Language Pathology Advisory Council member from Mississippi.

MDE FY 2010 Budget Request (September 2008 presentation to Legislature)

May 23, 2009

CLICK IMAGE below to view.  MDE052309MDE/CCC Supplement information on slides 33-34

Treasurer Report 3/24/09 – Rebecca Laskin, Treasurer

April 20, 2009



Interest Rate


As of

When Accessible

Checking Account

We get no interest on this account but we also have no expenses




Wachovia                Money Market Acct




Accessible with limited access

Wachovia         Savings

We need to acct to have the Wachovia Money Market Account.




Total Liquid Assets





BP CD….7870





BP CD….2385





BP CD….2429





BP CD….9119





BP CD….6773





BP CD….4007





R CD….9046





R CD….9631




1/18/10 – but has no penalty for withdrawal

Total CDs










Total Cash Assets






  • Please note that the above balance sheet is as of 3/18/09.  Considerable additional funds have been taken in due to the conference since that date, but we had to have a cut-off date for publication for this report.     
  • An additional 2.75% CD was purchased from Regions Bank 3/23/09.
  • The MSHA tax return can be found in MSHA News

ASHA Audiology Advisory Council Report

April 20, 2009

ASHA’s new governance structure was approved in March, 2007.  Prior to the new structure, governance has been shared between a 13 member Executive Board and the 150 members of the Legislative Council.  ASHA felt this new governance structure, which includes a 16 member Board of Directors (BOD) and 2 Advisory Councils, one for Speech-Language Pathology and one for Audiology, comprised of 53 members each, could better achieve the association’s mission and its strategic objectives and outcomes.  One member is to be elected from each state, one from the District of Columbia, NSSLHA and one from members outside the United States.


The role of the new Advisory Councils is to discuss and rank issues of concern to members, advise the BOD on issues related to strategic planning, review ASHA’s proposed budget, forecast recommendations for the next year’s budget, participate in peer review of all ASHA policy documents, and elect members to the Committee on Honors, Committee on Nominations and Elections, Government and Public Policy Board and the Financial Planning Board.


The first face-to-face meeting of the Audiology Advisory Council was held March 19 -22, 2009 at the ASHA National Office.  March 19 was spent reviewing current legislative issues of importance to the profession and receiving training on lobbying strategies with members of Congress.  March 20 was Capitol Hill day with visits with each Senator and Representative of all Council members.  Issues discussed with Mississippi Senators Cochran and Wicker and my Representative, Gene Taylor, were student loan forgiveness, the Direct Access to Audiology bill, EHDI, telehealth practice, hearing aid assistance tax credit and Medicare outpatient therapy caps.


On Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, the Audiology Advisory Council discussed as a full group, as well as in small working groups, the Council’s role, ASHA budget issues, baby boomers’ retirement, ASHA’s political impact, member service, dues, the need to increase the awareness of the significance of educational audiologists and continuing education opportunities for audiologists.


If I can be of any assistance or provide any information to Mississippi audiologists, please contact me at  As our state’s member of the newly created ASHA Audiology Advisory Council , as well as this body’s Vice Chair, I am your spokesperson and contact on the national level.  I am here for you!!!!



Respectively submitted,

Virginia Berry, M.S., CCC-A

Vice Chair

ASHA Audiology Advisory Council

Research Update: Measures for determining English language proficiency

March 6, 2009

Assessment for Effective Intervention, Vol. 34, No. 2, 74-85 (2009)
Measures for Determining English Language Proficiency and the Resulting Implications for Instructional Provision and Intervention


Craig A. Albers

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dorry M. Kenyon

Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, D.C

Timothy J. Boals

Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison


Although numerous English language proficiency (ELP) measures currently exist, many were developed prior to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). These pre-NCLB measures typically focused on social language proficiency, whereas post-NCLB measures are linked to ELP standards and focus on academic language proficiency (ALP). ELP measures are typically used for accountability purposes and to determine eligibility for services; less attention has been given to their utility in enhancing classroom instruction and intervention provision. Inconsistency in scores between pre- and post-NCLB measures frequently leaves educators wondering whether English language learners (ELLs) have the necessary ALP to benefit from classroom instruction. This study investigates the intervention validity of ELP assessment by examining the concurrent validity of various pre-NCLB measures to a recently developed post-NCLB measure. As hypothesized, results indicate moderate correlations between pre- and post-NCLB measures, suggesting that ALP-focused post-NCLB measures are likely to provide more utility for ELL classroom instruction and intervention provision.


Research Update: Making space for graduate student parents

March 4, 2009

Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 30, No. 4, 435-457 (2009)
Making Space for Graduate Student Parents

Practice and Politics


Kristen W. Springer

Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ,

Brenda K. Parker

University of Illinois at Chicago

Catherine Leviten-Reid

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada


Work—family issues of graduate students are nearly invisible, despite record numbers of men and women in graduate school during their peak childbearing years. Furthermore, very little is known about what, if any, services are available for graduate student parents. In this article we describe the theoretical and practical tensions between society’s view of idealized mothering and academia’s vision of graduate students as idealized workers. We then present results of a survey about parental supports for graduate students administered to graduate directors of sociology PhD programs. The results demonstrate that few official policies exist, most situations are accommodated individually, and graduate directors are often unaware of university services for graduate student parents. The article concludes with a detailed presentation of potential departmental and university initiatives designed to support graduate student parents. These initiatives can be readily incorporated by graduate departments and universities to help curb the leaking pipeline of women in academia.

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