On April 5th in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Hamilton and colleagues, Drs. Simone Gibson and Ebony Terrell Shockley, presented at the American Educational Research Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting . They participated in a roundtable discussion on the broad topic of Rewriting Dominant Scripts in Educators’ Learning for More Equitable Practice.
Their presentation on Reconceptualizing the Roles of Speech and Language Pathologists Regarding African American English in K-12 Schools addressed the need for speech-language pathologists to share their knowledge and understanding of African American English (AAE) with school educators.
SLPs have a unique understanding of speech, language, and communication. When collaborating with teachers whose expertise spans content and pedagogy and much more, the hopes are that AAE will become a linguistic variety that is recognized and validated in the educational system and that AAE-speakers will be acknowledged for the linguistic strengths that they already have with them when entering school.