10 Ways to Incorporate Speech-Language Goals into Mealtime with Becca Eisenberg

Are you a clinician looking for something new and fun to spice up your therapy? Or maybe you’re a parent on the hunt for ways to incorporate your child’s speech and language goals into your everyday life? Join Gravity Bread’s Becca Eisenberg for this fun podcast all about how to use cooking and eating to address communication goals for children of all ages and abilities. She’ll address ways to address specific communication goals, support sensory exploration, promote independence, and encourage interaction in one of the most natural settings there is! (Becca’s app and website recommendations can be found at the bottom of this post).

And don’t miss this Q&A! Becca and I have a great little chat about promoting independence, using high-, low-, and no-tech AAC when cooking, and how great it is when your kids can make their own food.

Pete Wright
Admins Connect: Bob Stewart of Gladstone School District

This month we talk to Bob Stewart, Superintendent of the Gladstone School District in Gladstone, OR. He is a Past President of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.

School District Statistics

  • Total Enrollment: 2200
  • Population Served: k-12
  • Interesting Tidbit:  Gladstone High School graduation rates far surpass the state average. 95% of Latino students, 92% of minority students, and 91% of economically disadvantaged students graduated within 5 years. 

This podcast is part of our Admins Connect series, which highlights the experiences and opinions of a strategic cohort of educational administrators. Learning an outside perspective is valuable and The Hello Foundation is committed to building connections between administrators to promote our core value of Putting Kids First. Each 15 minute conversation captures an administrator’s answers to 5 questions. Things look different when you’re at the top, and by asking each guest the same 5 questions we’ll be weaving a rich, textured, and interesting narrative about decisions from the strategic desk.

Pete Wright
Admins Connect: John Carver of Howard-Winneshiek Community School District

This month we talk to John Carver, Superintendent of the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District in Northeast Iowa and participant in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit at the White House in November 2014.

School District Statistics

  • Total Enrollment: 1,467 students across 7 schools and 426 square miles
  • Population Served: PreK through 12th grade
  • Interesting Tidbit: The school district has been recognized by the US Department of Education as one of the top 100 most technologically innovative districts in the nation as part of the Future Ready Initiative.

This podcast is part of our Admins Connect series, which highlights the experiences and opinions of a strategic cohort of educational administrators. Learning an outside perspective is valuable and The Hello Foundation is committed to building connections between administrators to promote our core value of Putting Kids First. Each 15 minute conversation captures an administrator’s answers to 5 questions. Things look different when you’re at the top, and by asking each guest the same 5 questions we’ll be weaving a rich, textured, and interesting narrative about decisions from the strategic desk.

Pete Wright
Connecting Assessment Results to IEP Goals with Heidi Peters, MA, CCC-SLP

Are you looking for strategies to connect your language assessment results to IEP goals? Do you ever wonder how other clinicians do it and what best practices are?  Join Heidi Peters, MA, CCC-SLP as she shares guidelines and tips to help you improve what you’ve been doing so that you can easily write great goals that are measurable, realistic, and functional for your students. In this podcast, she addresses what 6 steps you should be following from assessment to goal, 4 things you should never do when writing goals, and results from a recent survey she did asking other SLPs for their input into this topicBe sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for her great handout to accompany the podcast.

And once you’ve listened to Heidi’s formal talk, take a listen to our little conversation about our unique window on the wide world of IEP goals and how I don’t know the difference between The Pottery Barn Rule and the Girl Scout motto.

Pete Wright
Admins Connect: Dallas Myers from Fremont County School District #25

This month we talk to Dallas Myers, Director of Student Services for Fremont County School District #25 in Riverton, Wyoming. His district has 12.8% of it’s students on IEPs (approximately 350), and his job description includes overseeing the entire special education program, including curriculum and instruction and IEP compliance.

School District Statistics

  • Total Enrollment: approximately 2600 students
  • Population Served: K-12
  • Interesting Tidbit: The total land area of the county is 9,183.81 square miles. The number of persons per square mile is 4.4

This podcast is part of our Admins Connect series, which highlights the experiences and opinions of a strategic cohort of educational administrators. Learning an outside perspective is valuable and The Hello Foundation is committed to building connections between administrators to promote our core value of Putting Kids First. Each 15 minute conversation captures an administrator’s answers to 5 questions. Things look different when you’re at the top, and by asking each guest the same 5 questions we’ll be weaving a rich, textured, and interesting narrative about decisions from the strategic desk.

Pete Wright