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School District of DeSoto County Uses Live Online Speech Therapy to Better Serve Students in Speech Therapy Middle and high schools students in Florida use PresenceLearning for their speech-language needs  SAN FRANCISCO, December 11, 2012 – To tackle the shortage of highly qualified speech and language pathologists (SLPs) and to better serve students, the School District of DeSoto County in Arcadia, Florida adopted PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students. The live online speech therapy platform provides the district with access to PresenceLearning’s nationwide network of highly-qualified SLPs to work with special needs students. “The people who were applying for our SLP positions often did not meet the standards that we have for serving our students,” said Debra Giacolone, Exceptional Student Education Director at the School District of DeSoto County. “We have high expectations and wanted to ensure that our student needs could be met. We chose PresenceLearning because they allow us to fill those needs and uphold our high standards.” The School District of DeSoto County consists of 4,800 students in grades Pre-K through 12, with 14 percent qualifying to receive special needs services. Approximately 60 students at the middle and high school levels now…

PresenceLearning Takes Industry Leadership Role in Providing Online Speech Therapy to Schools As of this fall, PresenceLearning is providing online speech therapy services to 2,500 students nationwide SAN FRANCISCO, December 3, 2012 – PresenceLearning, the leading provider of online speech therapy services to K-12 students, has achieved a major milestone by providing online speech therapy services to more than 2,500 public, charter and virtual school students nationwide. This number translates to more than 10,000 online therapy sessions per month. “Speech therapy is in high demand for K-12 students and speech pathologists are in short supply in many school districts,” said Clay Whitehead, Co-CEO and a co-founder of PresenceLearning. “We’ve created a way to deliver the services of live experts using the web. Today, we offer access a nationwide network of hundreds of therapists to help students gain the speech and language skills they need to thrive.” Persistent shortages of speech language pathologists (SLPs) and school budget cuts have contributed to increased caseloads for school-based SLPs. Research shows that high caseloads impede student progress and increase SLP attrition. PresenceLearning’s online speech therapy solution and its network of fully licensed and certified therapists make therapy more accessible. By partnering with PresenceLearning, schools…

PresenceLearning serves more than 70 students in grades 2-12 SAN FRANCISCO, November 1, 2012 – To help address a shortage of speech-language pathologists (SLPs), Moses Lake School District 161 in Moses Lake, Washington, adopted PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students. Through the adoption, the district is able to provide students who have special needs with engaging, high-quality online speech therapy while better supporting – and lessening the caseload for – its existing SLPs. “As we began to explore alternative options to address the shortage of SLPs in our district, we were focused on finding a solution that would both support our current SLP staff and the students they serve,” said Darcy Johnson, Special Services Director of Moses Lake School District 161. “We implemented PresenceLearning’s services at the beginning of this school year to meet this need and the results have been great so far – the students love it, their parents are in support of it and our SLPs find great value in it.” Moses Lake School District 161 is located in a rural, yet growing, area of the state and has a student population of approximately 7,000, more than 400 of whom receive special…

Attendees will learn how using online speech therapy can help relieve the speech and language pathologist shortage during November 8, 2012 webinar SAN FRANCISCO, October 29, 2012 – Despite initiatives to recruit and retain qualified professionals, districts nationwide are experiencing shortages of speech and language pathologist (SLP). To help administrators and educators recognize the reasons for the shortages and how to cope with them, PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for schools, is hosting a free webinar titled “Understanding and Managing the Growing SLP Shortage” on Thursday, November 8th at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT). To register for the webinar, visit https://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead7. During the webinar, Cathy Bacon, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Professor at Arizona State University, and Karen Roth, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University, will discuss their insights on the reasons for the shortage, as well as what districts can do to ensure that students receive the services they need. The panelists will share creative short- and long-term strategies to battle the SLP shortage and its effect on districts. By attending the webinar, participants will learn: The differences between classroom teacher recruitment/retention and speech-language pathology recruitment/retention needs. The reasons for the speech-language pathologist…

Attendees will learn about the “when, where and how” of using online speech therapy during October 25, 2012 webinar SAN FRANCISCO, October 12, 2012 – Charter schools offer diverse learning opportunities and instructional approaches, but, as in mainstream schools, all students must have access to special education services, including speech and language therapy. To help administrators and educators of charter schools learn more about the uses and benefits of online speech therapy in the charter school setting, PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for schools, is hosting a free webinar titled “Online Speech-Language Therapy for Charter School Students: When, Where and How?” on Thursday, October 25th at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT). To register for the webinar, visit https://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead6.   During the webinar, Joe Pacheco, Director of Student Services at Leadership Public Schools, and Shawn Whitney, the Director of Special Education at Edison Charter Academy, will discuss online speech therapy and how it can be used in the charter school setting. The panelists will share first-hand accounts on what they have learned about the “when, where and how” of online speech therapy in charter schools and answer questions from the webinar participants.   By attending the…

SPED directors at virtual schools are often faced with unique challenges because they must provide special education services, including speech-language therapy, for any students with special needs. To help administrators and educators of virtual schools learn more about the uses and benefits of online speech therapy in the virtual school setting, PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for schools, is hosting a free webinar titled “Online Speech Therapy for Virtual School Students: When, Where and How?” on Thursday, September 27th at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT). To register for the webinar, visit https://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead5. During the webinar, Jenny Kendall, K-12 Inc. National Director of Special Programs, and Melissa Jakubowitz, M.A., CCC-SLP, Vice President of Speech Language Pathology (SLP) Services for PresenceLearning, will discuss how online speech therapy improves student outcomes, tackles critical personnel shortfalls and provides virtual schools with access to high quality speech-language services. Moderated by Dr. Shari Robertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, the webinar will provide expert commentary and first-hand accounts to answer the “when, where and how” questions regarding the use of online speech therapy. By attending the webinar, participants will learn: • The benefits and limitations of SLP telepractice, or online speech therapy, based on…

After having no applicants to fill their speech language pathologist (SLP) openings for an entire school year and lacking the funds to pay what other districts in the area were paying for SLPs, Fowler Unified School District (USD) turned to PresenceLearning, the leading provider of online speech therapy services to K-12 students. The district is using PresenceLearning to provide services to 80 students located at the six schools within the district. The district delivers speech on each school’s “speech day” and utilizes a speech aid who assists with the program. “Students have expressed a lot of enjoyment with the online sessions and our parents are very impressed. We have some parents who log in live and see how excited their students are, which makes them excited! Since we began using PresenceLearning to provide speech therapy services to our students, we have seen a lot of interest from other districts, and the feedback from our students, parents and teachers has been great,” said Dustine Borges, Chief Psychologist and Director of Special Education for Fowler USD. Fowler USD’s six schools serve more than 2,350 students in Fowler and Malaga, California. The rural district prides itself on providing staff and students with up-to-date…

PresenceLearning provides rural Georgia-based district with cost-effective solution to fill gaps in speech therapy services SAN FRANCISCO, August 27, 2012 – To overcome the costs and time constraints associated with speech language pathologists (SLPs) traveling to the district’s extremely rural school locations and to lessen the case load for current SLPs in the district, UnionCountySchoolSystem in northern Georgia adopted PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy services to K-12 students. After a successful pilot of PresenceLearning’s services in May 2012, the district will start using live online speech therapy this fall for a portion of the district’s students receiving speech language services. “We received great feedback from students, parents, current SLPs and district staff after piloting PresenceLearning last school year,” said Kristy Chapman, special education director of the Union County Board of Education. “Given our rural location, the virtual access to SLPs, in addition to the privacy, availability and ease-of-use of the services, makes PresenceLearning a great fit for our district.” Located in the Appalachian Mountains in upper northeast corner of Georgia, Union County consists of six schools – one primary school, one elementary school, one middle school, one high school, one K12 school and one alternative education…

Corporate partnership provides Arizona charter schools access to online speech therapy benefits SAN FRANCISCO, August 22, 2012 – PresenceLearning, the leading provider of onlinespeechtherapy services to K-12 students, recently joined into a corporate partnership with the ArizonaCharterSchoolAssociation. Through the partnership, the Association will help make Arizona’s 524 charter campuses aware of the uses and benefits of online speech therapy provided by PresenceLearning.   “With continuing budget cuts, it is essential that charter schools are provided with an affordable – and effective – solution for offering speech-language therapy services,” said Clay Whitehead, Co-CEO and a co-founder of PresenceLearning. “Our online services provide such a solution and now, through our partnership with the Association, we can help charter school organizations throughout Arizona deliver these services to their special education students.”   The Arizona Charter Schools Association is a non-profit membership and professional organization providing the best in comprehensive support and services to Arizona’s charter schools. The Association’s mission is to support student achievement through high-quality charter schools, advocate for student equity and charter school autonomy, and lead Arizona charter schools as a sustainable, strong credible organization.   PresenceLearning offers innovative, online speech therapy that draws from a nationwide network of highly-qualified, certified…

District leaders learn ways to avoid common mistakes during September 18, 2012 webinar SAN FRANCISCO, August 9, 2012 – Understanding new legislative provisions is essential for district special education (SPED) leaders in order to avoid legal entanglements throughout the school year. To help understand these new laws and avoid legal pitfalls, PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for schools, is hosting a free webinar, titled “The Five Legal Pitfalls SPED Directors Must Avoid This Year,” on Tuesday, September 18th at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT). To register for the webinar, visit https://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead4. During the webinar, Charles L. Weatherly, Sr., a founding partner of the Weatherly Law Firm, LLP and one of the nation’s leading SPED attorneys, will look at specific topics that district SPED leaders should be aware of and provide ways that they can avoid legal pitfalls and common mistakes associated with these topics. The transition to the Common Core State Standards, the growing awareness of bullying, the reauthorization of IDEA, the implementation of RTI, and the growth in children with autism and related communication disorders will be discussed during the webinar. By attending the webinar, participants will learn: What they can do to avoid…

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