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Participate in this year's Better Speech and Hearing Month contests

The UFT Speech Improvement Chapter will be celebrating its Seventh Annual Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration on Monday, May 13.

As you know, we've had great success in prior years and look forward to this year's celebration. It is also a wonderful way to showcase the work you do and can be used for portfolios/tenure and those transferring to new schools.

To participate in this year's Better Speech and Hearing Month Contests, the following criteria have been outlined for you. Due to our speech supervisor's expanded responsibilities, we strongly suggest that members nominate themselves or each other.

  • All participants must be school based speech providers as a self-nominee, nominated by a colleague or speech supervisor.
  • All entries are to be dated from September 2012 to March 2013.
  • Entries can be in the form of articles written, grants, projects, community or school service, new websites or presentations at ASHA, NYSSHLA or a professional conference.
  • To complete the nomination process, please submit a short two page proposal. The first page is the submission form, available here.

On the second page, please write or type legibly two paragraphs explaining why you feel you or your colleague should be recognized. If you wrote a grant or created a project, please indicate this in your proposal include the following information: when the grant was received or when was the project initiated, what was the purpose of the grant or project, method of implementation (target population, number of individuals participated in project, duration of project, how was success measured, did grant or project achieve its goal, and a summary of outcomes).

The deadline for submission is March 15. Late submissions will not be honored.

Download the submission form >>

Student projects

We are also sponsoring a student contest for the best student(s) work. It may be in the form of a drawing, poster board, painting, banner, poem, letter or video presentation such as a song, jingle or skit. Make a copy to include in your portfolios if you are up for tenure.

  • Theme should be what students believe "Better Speech and Hearing Month" means to them and how speech therapy has positively impacted their education.
  • Minimum dimensions of all posters should be no less than 8 ½ x 11.
  • Video presentations should be no longer than 3 minutes in duration.
  • Each speech provider may submit up to two student projects with a maximum of two students per project.
  • Students should be on provider's current mandated caseload.

If selected, provider and student winners will receive an invitation to attend the celebration on May 13 from 4 - 6:30 p.m. You will be asked to notify the student(s) and parent(s) and inform the Speech Chapter if they are attending. Only one guest per honoree will be allowed. The awards will be presented at UFT headquarters in Manhattan.

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