NV Coalition

The Coalition to Address Nevada’s Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Services

Nevada’s Coalition (NSHA Coalition) to Address Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Service Providers is a statewide effort.is a statewide effort. It is supported by the Nevada Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSHA) in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Education, whose goal is to sustain a statewide discussion among stakeholders on the need for and value of recruiting, selecting, training and retaining highly qualified providers of special education, related services, and early intervention services to children throughout Nevada.

There are eight (8) projects’ supported by the Coalition with the overall goal (purpose) and objective to expand the implementation of strategies to recruit (attract), train and retain special education teachers and related service providers in Nevada school districts. There are eight (8) school-based professions targeted by the Coalition, which include school audiologists (educational audiologists) school counselors, school nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school psychologists, school-based speech-language pathologists and special education teachers.

What & Why:

  • Nevada school districts continue to face persistent personnel shortages in special education and related services. The Coalition’s eight (8) targeted projects align with and address the Nevada Department of Education’s (NDE) vision of “A Quality Education for Every Nevada Student,” and mission of “Collaborating with Partners to Build Meaningful Foundations and Overcome Barriers to Student Success.”
    Eight Target Projects:
  • E-Mentoring for Student Success (e-MSS):Supporting beginning Special Education Teachers with content focused mentoring through a national, on-line technology network
  • General Consulting: Supporting the specific needs of special education teachers and related service providers by increasing and expanding professional development
  • “Get the Word Out” Campaign:Promoting school based careers and career opportunities in the education, health and helping professions
  • Job Shadowing:Extending the “Get the Word Out” campaign by providing “real life” opportunities to students to explore those careers in the education, health and helping professions
  •  Medicaid:Supporting the participation of Nevada school districts in Nevada Medicaid’s School Based Child Health Services
  •  SLP Cohort Program:Supporting the implementation of a statewide Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) cohort program
  • Teacher Shortage Area Loan Forgiveness Program:Supporting Nevada’s participation in the USDOE “Teacher Shortage Area” Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Telepractice: Supporting the use of Telepractice as a feasible option for the delivery of speech and language services in a school setting

NSHA Coalition Highlights:

  •  2005: NSHA Coalition established and modeled after National Coalition to Address Personnel Shortages
  • Addresses Nevada’s school-based personnel shortages of: Audiologists, Counselors, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, and Special Education Teachers
  • Collaborates with Nevada Department of Education (NDE) and NDE’s Office of Special Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, and School Improvement Programs
  • Supports eight (8) projects that target recruitment, training and retention strategies of special education and related service providers
  • Holds quarterly stakeholder meetings: January, April, July, October


The Nevada Speech-Language Hearing Association along with Nevada Coalition to Address Personnel Shortages in Special Education and related services hold the same position as American Speech Language Hearing Association concerning Telepractice.

Telepractice offers “the potential to extend clinical services to remote, rural, and underserved populations, and to culturally and linguistically diverse populations.”ASHA defines telepractice as “the application of telecommunications technology to delivery of professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client, or clinician to clinician, for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.” ASHA’s position is that “telepractice is an appropriate model of service delivery for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. Telepractice may be used to overcome barriers of access to services caused by distance, unavailability of specialists and/or subspecialists, and impaired mobility.”

  • “The use of telepractice does not remove any existing responsibilities in delivering services, including adherence to the Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, state and federal laws (e.g., licensure, HIPAA, etc.), and ASHA policy documents on professional practices.”
  • Therefore, “the quality of services delivered via telepractice must be consistent with the quality of services delivered face-to-face.”



Mrs. Christine Verre-Tierney, M.S. CCC-SLP; NSHA/NV Coalition co-chair
christineverre@sbcglobal.net; 775.544.6967

Mrs. Nancy Kuhles, M.S. CCC-SLP; NSHA/NV Coalition co-chair;
Kuhles119@sbcglobal.net; 775.825.4886

Mrs. Marva Cleaven
Nevada Department of Education (NDE) contact
NSHA Coalition


National Coalition to Address Personnel Shortages:   www.specialedshortages.org
NDE:    www.doe.nv.gov
NSHA:  www.nvsha.org
NSHA/NV Coalition:   www.nvcoalition.com