We know that teachers teach literacy, and we know that Speech Language Pathologists (SLP's) are experts in language, yet the two often work in isolation of one another, even-though the skills of language and literacy are closely intertwined. Best practices show that collaboration between disciplines is best for our students but do we know how to collaborate or what constitutes a language and literacy rich classroom? Following current research and professional expertise, this Speech-Language Pathologist will provide information on how to collaborate between disciplines to improve language and literacy for all students beyond a single setting. This information will help illuminate how we can all work together and why it is important. For the Greater Good allows teachers and the administration team to gain a fresh look at the tools they already have to improve the language and literacy outcomes for all their students, not only in the classroom or the therapy room, but beyond.
Cynthia Coupe has been a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) since 2004 and has worked almost entirely in Title 1 school districts since moving to rural Northern California in 2007. Since 2015, Cynthia has served as an independent contractor for multiple school sites in and around her tri-county area. As an SLP, Cynthia works to improve the outcomes of her students by helping families and educators gain a deeper understanding of language and literacy development and how collaboration between all parties is essential to help children meet their full potential. Using collaboration and education as tenets to her practice, Cynthia uses best practices and current research to drive her therapy and coaching, naturally infusing her expertise and humor to provide a delivery that is motivating and original.