Two area educators presented research recently at the The 2012 American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Linda LaFontaine of Southampton, assistant principal of American International College's Curtis Blake Day School, and former AIC professor Maryellen Moreau of Easthampton presented "The SLP (Speech Language Pathologists) & Literacy Night: Supporting Common Core Standards."

The ASHA Convention is the premier annual event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

"The SLP plays an integral role in supporting the Common Core State Standards," LaFontaine said. The two educators explained how to conduct a Literacy Night for teachers, students, and parents using the same picture book across grades K-6 and the Story Grammar Marker®. Correlations between narrative language and Common Core State Standards in reading were also discussed.

The presentation was based on a recent Literacy Night conducted at AIC’s Curtis Blake Day School in Springfield, Massachusetts, a private Department of Elementary and Secondary Education school for students with language based learning disabilities. During the event, LaFontaine read aloud the picture book "Piggie Pie" by Margie Palatini. Following the read-aloud, the Story Grammar Marker® manipulative and maps were modeled to demonstrate one of the strategies used to improve the children’s comprehension and expression of this story. Staff responded to questions from parents on utilizing this tool at home when reading with their children. Approximately 40 parents, students and staff attended.

The annual convention brings together more than 12,000 attendees, and provides a once-a-year opportunity for educators to learn about the latest evidence-based research, polish clinical skills, improve techniques and gain new tools and resources to advance their career and augment the workplace.