SCHSA’s Leadership Development Program offers leadership training created for you, to prepare you for your next step in your career with

  • Your volunteer role in SCSHA
  • Your profession
  • Your workplace
  • Your other organizations

The program is tailored for your career stages to prepare you for your next step up the ladder!

Ready, Set, Lead! Program Overview

If you want to . . .

  • Develop new leadership skills
  • Expand and refine your leadership skills
  • Become a leader within SCSHA
  • Take on leadership responsibilities in your workplace
  • Build a lifelong professional network
  • Give back to your profession through volunteer service
  • Influence policies, program, and services

...then you should consider participating in SCSHA’s New Leadership Development Program!

Applications will be available September 1, 2020 on

SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO: [email protected]

The application period for the Leadership Development Program is open September 1 until October 1.

LDP Application


Frequently Asked Questions about the SCSHA LDP

What is the LDP?
The Leadership Development Program is a hybrid program for members with leadership potential. The program offers leadership training created to prepare you for your next step in your volunteer role with your state association.

What are the components of the program?
If selected, you must commit to all program components:

  • Participate in a Leadership Development Program orientation/workshop at the 2021 SCSHA Convention.
  • Participate in scheduled monthly webinars over the course of the program on selected leadership topics. Webinars will be held in evening hours.
  • Develop a plan for volunteerism/service in SCSHA.

Is there a fee to participate?
Yes. If your application is accepted, you pay a fee of $65, which covers breakfast at the kickoff workshop, meeting materials, and facilitated webinars for CEU credit.

Who can apply?
We're seeking energetic people who are motivated to influence professional issues in audiology or speech-language pathology. Each program accepts 10 participants selected through a competitive application process. Applicants must be a current SCSHA member prior to submission of an application, with no prior participation in ASHA’s LDP.

How do I apply?
A call for applications will be published on the SCSHA website and social media pages with instructions.

The application period for the Leadership Development Program is open September 1 until October 1.

When does the LDP begin?
The Leadership Development Program kicks off at the 2021 SCSHA Convention, February 11-13.

The program begins with a live workshop followed by monthly facilitated webinars on various leadership topics.

Contact Amber Heape at [email protected] or Elise Davis-McFarland at [email protected] with any questions or concerns. 


ASHA calls on school districts across the country to make the safety of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, other school staff and faculty, students, and families their top priority as they develop plans for the coming school year.

We know our school-based members are facing considerable challenges and obstacles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic that threaten not only safety but also effective treatment. With so many factors at play (including health and safety, equitable access for marginalized and low-income communities, and service-delivery needs), school districts across the country must be flexible and accommodating in making decisions about re-opening. Although plans will look different from district to district, all decisions must be evidence-based.

School districts should use data-driven guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health entities to prioritize the safety of audiologists and SLPs, assistants, students, families, and other school personnel while delivering the highest quality education and related services possible. When evidence points to unsafe conditions, ASHA urges offering remote learning only, along with telepractice services to meet the needs of children with communication disorders. Schools must receive appropriate funding for distance learning and service delivery.

If and when a school physically re-opens, that’s only a first step. Schools must also receive enough funding and resources—including adequate supplies of appropriate personal protective equipment—so they can operate safely and effectively.

We recognize that a one-size-fits-all approach is inappropriate and insufficient. Decisions should be based not on politics, but on science and focus on the well-being of students, staff, and families.

To our school-based members: We know this is stressful and difficult. We hear you and your concerns, and we will continue to advocate on your behalf. Please read our ASHA Board of Directors advocacy position on reopening schools for more information.