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NJSHA/NJIDA Annual Joint Conference

NJSHA/NJIDA Annual Joint Conference is a joint venture between The New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the New Jersey Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, to present a one-day conference that will benefit the wide range of members from both associations.

28th Annual Joint Conference
Supporting At-Risk ELLs in Literacy Development: Pre-Referral Interventions and Appropriate Assessment Approaches
Date: March 6, 2020
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place: The Westwood, Garwood, New Jersey
Presenter: Catherine Crowley, JD, PhD, CCC-SLP

Catherine (Cate) Crowley is professor of practice and program director at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she founded and directs the bilingual/multicultural program focus at the Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Extension Institute. Dr. Crowley’s work focuses on enhancing the quality of services that our children and adolescents receive particularly those bilingual and minority students and students from lower socioeconomic status. An experienced attorney, she works with state education departments and school districts nationwide consulting on language and assessment. Her website,, offers hundreds of videos and resources on how to provide quality services to bilingual and multicultural children and adolescents. An ASHA Fellow, Dr. Crowley is active at the national level and has won several national awards including ASHA’s awards for Special Contributions to Multicultural Affairs, Significant Contributions to International Issues and Outstanding Contributions to the Schools. She received the 2012 Humanitarian Award from the National Coalition of Ghanaian Associations, 2018 Citation for Exemplary Work from Ghana’s Ministry of Education and 2015 Honors of the Association from the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also a member of the Smile Train Medical Advisory Board and works internationally building speech therapy capacity for cleft lip and palate teams.
In this Conference, participants will learn of current research on language and literacy development of English Language Learners (ELLs) with a focus on how to provide support for those students having difficulties in the classroom. With a broader focus on ELLs and other students from bilingual homes, participants will learn of appropriate pre-referral interventions and when necessary appropriate assessment procedures to distinguish a true disability from “something else” including normal processes of second language acquisition and gaps in prior linguistic and academic experiences.

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three aspects of current research on language and literacy development of ELLs.
  • Identify three ways to provide support for ELLs having academic challenges including pre-referral intervention.
  • Identify three evidence-based assessment approaches to distinguish a language/literacy disorder from second language acquisition and gaps in prior experiences.
8:00 am Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:45 am Welcome

  • Alison Pankowski, MEd, LDTC
  • Robynne Kratchman, ABD, CCC-SLP,
    President, NJSHA
  • Incoming President, NJIDA
  • Introduction of Mae Balaban Scholarship Winners
    Georgette Dickman, LDTC, OG-ThT
  • Introduction of Speaker
    Sue A. Goldman, MA, CCC-SLP
9:00 am Background of Language and Literacy Development of ELLs
10:30 am
10:45 am
Addressing Academic Challenges Through Classroom-Based Support and Pre-Referral Intervention
12:00 pm Lunch provided
1:00 pm Assessing for Language and Literacy Skills of Students From Bilingual Homes Including ELLs
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm Appropriate Assessment/Intervention With Video Case Studies
3:30 pm Adjourn
Early Registration Rate:
To receive the special early registration rate, register by January 24, 2020. After January 24, 2020, late fees will apply.

  • NJSHA/NJIDA Members: $180
  • Non-Members: $205
  • Students: $65

Payment Options:

  • Checks payable to NJSHA and mail to 174 Nassau Street, Suite 337, Princeton, NJ 08542.
  • Credit card services are available. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX).
  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are only accepted with the approved purchase order paperwork and attendee registration form. No registration forms will be accepted without an approved Purchase Order. Space will not be held unless all completed paperwork is received.

Registrants must be a current NJSHA or NJIDA member to register at the member rate.

Online Registration: (with credit card payment only)

Printable Registration Form

Group Discount:
School districts can send five teachers for the price of four. Please submit the five registration forms together. Must adhere to member/non-member qualifications. For additional information or membership applications, please call:
NJSHA at 888-906-5742
NJIDA at 908-876-1179

Refund Policy:
A refund less $50 processing fee will be issued if received prior to February 14, 2020. No refunds will be issued after February 14, 2020. Send written cancellation requests to or fax 888-729-3489. Cancellations will not be accepted by phone.

Cameras, Photography and Photo Release Policy:
Members of NJSHA will be designated at each NJSHA sponsored event to take photos for NJSHA-related publications (i.e., VOICES), NJSHA website, NJSHA social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or in other Association materials. By registering and/or participating in any NJSHA sponsored event, you agree to allow NJSHA to use your photograph in any the noted media outlets as mentioned above. These photographs will not be solicited for outside use; they will only be used by NJSHA for marketing and promotion purposes. Personal photography is permitted, however, such photographs cannot be posted through NJSHA social media outlets unless sent to and pre-approved by NJSHA. To request approval, send photo(s) along with event description and photographer name to

This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Eligible for IMSLEC and IDA Certification CEUs.

Presenter Disclosure:
Relevant Financial Relationships: Catherine Crowley will be receiving an honorarium and travel support from NJSHA for her presentation. She is also an employee of Teachers College Columbia and will be referencing her place of employment during her presentation.

Relevant Non-Financial Disclosure: Catherine Crowley will reference materials found on her website,, where the materials are free to download.

The Westwood
438 North Avenue
Garwood, NJ 07027

If you would like lodging the night prior to the conference, contact The Best Western Westfield Inn in Westfield, NJ, at 908-654-5600 or the Holiday Inn in Clark, NJ, at 877-786-9480.

Traveling New Jersey Turnpike North:
Exit 11. Follow signs to Garden State Parkway North. Follow Directions as in Traveling Garden State Parkway North.

Traveling New Jersey Turnpike South:
Take NJ Turnpike South to Exit 14. Follow signs to I-78 west toward US-22/US9/US1. Merge onto 1-78W. Take The Garden State Parkway Exit 52. Keep right at the fork, follow signs to Garden State Parkway and merge onto Garden State Parkway South. Take Exit 137 and bear right for State Highway 28 toward Cranford. The Westwood is 2.2 miles on the right side.

Traveling Route 22 East:
Take Route 22 East to Scotch Plains Fanwood Exit in Scotch Plains. You will be on Park Avenue. Follow Park Avenue to Midway Avenue. Make a left onto Midway Avenue (the name changes to North Avenue). The Westwood is 5 miles on the left.

Traveling Route 22 West:
Take Route 22 West to Union. Follow signs to Parkway South. Follow directions as in Traveling Garden State Parkway South.

Traveling Garden State Parkway North:
Parkway North to Exit 135. Bear left and proceed straight through first traffic light. Make a left at a second traffic light. Stay in right lane through tunnel, proceeding straight thru the next traffic light. You will be on Central Avenue. Follow Central Avenue for approximately 3.5 miles to North Avenue. Turn right onto North Avenue (the intersection after you’ve gone under the railroad tracks). The Westwood is approximately .5 miles on the left.

Traveling Garden State Parkway South:
Take Parkway South to Exit 137. Bear right onto Westfield Avenue (also called route 28 West and North Avenue). The Westwood is located 2.2 miles on the right. Traveling the Outerbridge Crossing: Take Outerbridge crossing to Rt. 440 South. Follow signs to Garden State Parkway North and follow directions as in Traveling Garden State Parkway North.

Parking at The Westwood:
Parking is limited – We suggest you consider carpooling with other attendees.
Guests may park on the street but not by the yellow curb.


Interprofessional Autism Conference (IPAC)

IPAC 2019 was a great success! Thank you to all who attended.

2020 Interprofessional Autism Conference (IPAC) Conference
Date and Place: To Be Announced

The following information will be announced at a later date.