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February 15, 2016

Clarke Mainstream Teachers of the Deaf Present Workshop in Sterling, MA


February 15, 2016—Heather Stinson and Lea Reidy, mainstream teachers of the deaf from Clarke Northampton, were invited to host a workshop for the staff of Wachusett Regional School District in Sterling, Massachusetts on January 28, 2016. They presented to an enthusiastic and engaged group of thirty-eight professionals made up of speech and language pathologists, regular classroom and special education teachers, and occupational and physical therapists.

The two-hour workshop covered how students with hearing loss who listen and speak access the curriculum in a typical classroom. Additionally, they discussed an overview of appropriate accommodations and modifications in the classroom for students with hearing loss. There was a special focus on the potential challenges that reading, writing and understanding textbook structures can pose for students with hearing loss, and the presenters offered suggestions for strategies to manage these.

Attendee feedback was overwhelmingly positive. One administrator commented, “The [presenters] were inspiring and made a HUGE impact on my staff. It was definitely a worthwhile experience!” A teacher in attendance noted, “I'm so glad we went to this training. Everything we learned was enlightening! Thank you Clarke!”

To learn more about Clarke’s Mainstream Services program, go to clarkeschools.org/services/mainstream-services or contact Claire Troiano, Director of Mainstream Services at