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NJSHA empowers audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language and hearing scientists and future professionals by providing resources and support to its members and those they serve through:

  • Professional Development/Continuing Education;
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  • Public awareness; and
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Member Spotlight: Meet Marla Sperling-Reich, MA, CCC-SLP

Marla Sperling-Reich, MA, CCC-SLP

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Marla Sperling Reich, MA, CCC-SLP chosen by the New York Times Learning Network

Marla Sperling-Reich, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and currently the co-chair of the Public Relations Committee for NJSHA. She works as an educational SLP for the Freehold Regional High School District with students 14-21 years of age.

During the 2021-22 school year, Marla was chosen by The New York Times Learning Network as one of 40 distinguished educators within the U.S. to participate in The New York Times Learning Network’s Teaching Project for the 2021-22 school year. The 40-member cohort explored new ways to use the Learning Network with an educational objective for the classroom.  Marla was honored to be part of this unique program and was the sole speech-language pathologist selected.

The cohort’s mission was to collaborate with other professionals in the education field to broaden learning opportunities using the New York Times and The Learning Network along with understanding more about behind-the-scenes journalism. Another objective was to develop innovative curriculum ideas along with an exclusive project for students and The New York Times Learning Network community. Below are several articles that offer insights into this project.

The first article below welcomes the cohort to the project:

40 Educators Join The New York Times Teaching Project

Marla participated in an educational video on building vocabulary produced by the New York Times Learning Network, sharing ideas for accessible learning:

Making Times Vocabulary Accessible to a Wide Range of Students

The article 48 Pieces of Advice shares inspiring ideas from members of the cohort during the challenging time of teaching through COVID-19.

48 Pieces of Advice From Educators on How to Survive This Challenging Time

Marla was honored to be the guest speaker for a New York Times webinar on how the Times can be accessible for various types of learners.

On-Demand Webinar: Exploring How The Times Can Be Accessible for Every Learner

The New York Times Learning Network published a piece sharing various lesson ideas from around the world to teach students about the Russia-Ukraine war and utilized Marla’s lessons within the article.

How Educators Around the World Are Teaching the Russia-Ukraine War

There was a New York Times Learning Network contest that Marla’s students participated in. One of those students won honorable mention in this global contest by creating a new word, “inflobia”; see below:

24 New Words Invented by Teenagers

Marla has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for three decades in both private practice and school settings in the Maryland/ DC area, Florida and New Jersey.  She also supervises graduate students who are completing their master’s degree in speech-language pathology. In 2017, Marla was honored with the Governor’s Educator of the Year Award within her district.

Marla gained invaluable and unique experiences participating in the New York Times Learning Network’s Teaching Project. She plans to utilize and share this knowledge for the remainder of her speech-language pathology career.

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NJSHA hosts various networking and professional development opportunities throughout the calendar year. Below are several of our most recent ones. To see future events, please view our calendar.

2022 NJSHA Convention was a great success!

Ocean Place Resort & Spa, Long Branch, NJ

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