School-Based Professionals

The 2017-18 Vice-President for SLP Public Schools is Blake Donovan and the Committee Chair is Alyssa Webster.

Public School Committee Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Committee on Public Schools (PSC) is to support and represent public school personnel affiliated with the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) including Speech/Language Pathologists, Teachers of the Hearing Impaired, Educational Audiologists, Supervisors of Speech-Language-Hearing Services and other educational personnel. The PSC monitors and responds to issues affecting the provision of services in the public schools. In addition, the PSC encourages and celebrates excellence in public school programs through the conferring of awards.

The Public School Committee consists of speech, language and hearing professionals from across the state of Michigan. The functions of the committee include:

  • Monitors issues affecting provision of services in the public schools
  • Coordinates the Public School Forum held at the MSHA Annual Conference
  • Reviews nominations and selects recipients for the MSHA Program of the Year Award
  • Submits suggestions to the Vice President for Professional Development and Education for invited speakers at the MSHA Annual Conference.
Licensure Information

Revisions to the Michigan Speech-Language Guidelines: Suggestions for Eligibility, Service Delivery & Exit Criteria

The Michigan Speech-Language Guidelines: Suggestions for Eligibility, Service Delivery & Exit Criteria, Edited by Maureen Staskowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Macomb Public Schools, Published and Revised by MSHA in 2006, is getting a reboot from our Public Schools Committee.  Are you interested in reviewing and providing input? 
Thanks to the MSHA Executive Board for the encouragement and direction to update these Guidelines.  It is time to revisit some sections of this important document that is used in public school districts around Michigan.  Blake Donovan, M.A., CCC-SLPLivingston County RESA, MSHA VP for Public Schools, and Alyssa Webster, M.A., CFY-SLP,  Eaton County RESA, MSHA Advisory Assembly/Public Schools chairperson, have begun the process of review.  Many thanks to Celeste Gerlach, M.A., CCC-SLP, Haslett Public Schools, for her extensive work updating the Articulation chapter.  MSHA President-Elect Lisa Register, M.A., CCC-SLP, Lansing School District, will help to shepherd this document through its revision process.
For those of you who might not be familiar with this document, or its history, go to our website at and follow this link:
The original Guidelines was published by MSHA in 1992 by the members of the Public School Committee.  Its preface states: Its intent is to serve as a resource to SLPs and administrators as local practices are established.  It is hoped that this document facilitates discussion.  It has been a valuable resource and we hope to update sections to help continue its use and relevance in the state of Michigan.
At the 2018 MSHA Annual Conference in Kalamazoo, the Public School Committee plans to host a session where the revisions can be read and reviewed and input is encouraged.  Check the MSHA Program Schedule for the day, time and room.

Program of the Year
The intent of the Public School Committee's Program of the Year Award is to give visible recognition to outstanding speech, language, and hearing programs in the public schools of Michigan and to those persons responsible for their development and implementation.  
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