Lab Faculty Members Present at National Conference
In November 2019, Emily Courtney, MA and Christin Mentrikoski, MS, CCC-SLP represented Lab at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) conference in Orlando, FL, where they presented Co-Teaching: A Collaborative Model to Supporting Elementary Students with Language Based Learning Disabilities.
In their presentation, Emily and Christin shared their unique classroom collaborative teaching model – the only special educator/speech-language pathology co-teaching duo at Lab! Now in their third year teaching together, Emily and Christin discussed with other professionals the crucial steps of (1) identifying shared goals (2) identifying essential classroom needs (3) identifying a communication system between themselves and others and (4) creating a plan to track student progress.
They successfully shared many positive outcomes of their co-teaching – integrating shared content into the school day, promoting generalization of skills, lightening teacher/SLP load and reducing stress - as well as student success stories.
We are hopeful that this excellent presentation will encourage more professionals around the country to understand how they can incorporate aspects of collaboration and/or co-teaching into their own practice.