90: The Importance of Structured Literacy in Middle & High School with Corey Pollard




As SLPs, it’s important for us to work with other professionals and specialists so that we can better understand the bigger picture when it comes to the educational needs of our students.

This is how we truly make a difference!

In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, we are chatting with Corey Pollard from Ascend Smarter Intervention about how we can work together with structured literacy professionals for middle and high school students to better meet their needs. 

Corey is a data-driven and analytical educational therapist and diagnostician who is deeply passionate about helping struggling readers reach their highest potential. She spent over ten years working at leading research and clinical institutions including Johns Hopkins University, Children's Hospital Colorado, and the University of Denver digging into all the articles, best practices, science, and application of student development looking at everything from how the brain functions, student performance in the classroom, to best practices for closing student achievement gaps.

Corey now owns and operates an educational consulting private practice based in Denver, Colorado supporting students with specific learning disabilities. She also facilitates school-based training nationwide supporting educators and speech-language pathologists in implementing structured literacy in Tier 1, 2, & 3 settings.  


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • The importance of structured literacy in high school and middle school
  • How structured and systematic literacy instruction looks different for middle and high school students
  • Why SLPs are uniquely qualified to help students with literacy deficits (and why this is even MORE important at the secondary level)
  • How to know if students need structured literacy in addition to the services you (SLPs) are already providing
  • Structured literacy strategies for SLPs 


Working with structured literacy professionals when it comes to your middle and high school speech therapy students can make all the difference in reaching their educational goals. 

Corey is sharing SO much knowledge about how we can work together with these professionals and help our students reach their full potential! I hope you get a lot of value out of this episode! 

Make sure to connect with Corey on social media and grab her free course to break down barriers to research-based reading instruction.

If you are in search of some easy, low-prep activities to do with your older speech therapy students every month, make sure to check out SLP Elevate. You’ll get monthly themed resource bundles to take the bulk of lesson prep off of your plate! 


The Importance of Structured Literacy in Middle & High School with Corey Pollard


Joke of the Week:

Q: When do astronauts eat?

A: At launch time! 


Resources Mentioned: 

Visit The Ascend Learning website

Free Comprehensive Literacy Assessment

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Get the free course to break down barriers to research-based reading instruction


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