Special Education Experts Discuss Use of Online Speech Therapy in Charter Schools during Free PresenceLearning Webinar

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 webinar, participants will learn:

  • The benefits and limitations of online speech therapy based on real-world examples with charter school students.
  • The roles and responsibilities of the special education administrator, the SLP, charter school teachers and staff in relation to online speech therapy.
  • The body of research related to the effectiveness of online speech therapy.

This webinar is the sixth in a series of free webinars sponsored by PresenceLearning. The webinar series, entitled “SPED Ahead: New Realities, New Choices – A Forum for School Leaders,” brings together thought leaders who are re-thinking the way special education services, especially speech-language pathology services, are delivered.

About Joe Pacheco

Joe Pacheco is the Director of Student Services at Leadership Public Schools. Prior to his role as Director of Student Services for California-based Leadership Public Schools, Pacheco was Principal of LPS Campbell High School. Among administrative positions he has held for public schools, Pacheco was the Program Specialist for Special Education for the Santa Clara County Office of Education. He also served in the Oak Grove School District for 12 years as a Speech and Language Pathologist. He received his undergraduate degree from San Jose State University and his Master’s in School Administration from the University of San Francisco.

About Shawn Whitney

Shawn Whitney is the Director of Special Education at Edison Charter Academy. Whitney joined Edison Charter Academy in 2010 after ten years of teaching, including five years teaching students with learning differences and emotional disturbances at an Arizona high school. She holds a Bachelor’s of Elementary and Special Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix.

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of nearly 200 highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practice. PresenceLearning delivers large cost savings while improving student outcomes. PresenceLearning is an ASHA-approved continuing education provider for SLPs and a U.S. Department of Education grant-winner, dedicated to bringing the highest clinical standards to online speech therapy.