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July 11, 2017

Supporting Language, Listening and Literacy in the Mainstream Classroom!


July 11, 2017—Clarke Mainstream Services’ 38th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss includes a full line-up of educational workshops and takes place at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA on October 19 & 20, 2017. Each day includes a blend of workshop topics covering the many facets of hearing loss and its implications for learning in typical classrooms along with topics focusing on language, listening and literacy.

We are delighted to welcome our keynote speakers:


Opening Keynote Speaker: Carol Flexer, PhD, CCC/A, LSLS Cert.
Thursday, October 19, 8:45 - 10:00 am
“Auditory Brain Development: The Foundation of Listening, Language and Pre-Literacy”

Dr. Carol Flexer is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Audiology at the University of Akron. An international lecturer in pediatric and educational audiology and author of more than 155 publications including 14 books, Dr. Flexer is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. For her research and advocacy for children with hearing loss, Dr. Flexer has received four prestigious awards: the Volta Award and the Professional of the Year Award from The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy of Audiology and the 2015 EHHS Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Award from Kent State University.


Keynote Speaker: Sara Novic, MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation from Columbia University, author of the novel Girl at War, and Asst. Professor of Creative Writing, Stockton University, Galloway, NJ
Thursday, October 19, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
“Beyond Normal: Inspiring Reading, Writing and Creative Thinking Skills in Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing”

Sara Novic is the author of the novel Girl at War (Random House), which won an American Library Association Alex Award, was a Los Angeles Times book prize finalist, and is currently being translated into 13 languages. She holds an MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation from Columbia University and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Stockton University in NJ. She lives in Philadelphia.


Keynote Speaker: Sean Forbes, Bachelor of Science, Rochester Institute of Technology and Co-Founder, The Deaf Professional Arts Network (D-PAN)
Friday, October 20, 8:45 - 10:00 am
“Deaf and Loud”

Sean Forbes is a prolific drummer, songwriter and communicator. Sean became deaf from spinal meningitis when he was just a few months old, and used a hearing aid to listen and ultimately develop a passion for music. The son of two musicians, Sean began playing drums at the age of five. By the age of 10, Sean was also playing guitar and writing his own music. In 2012, Sean released a full-length CD/DVD album titled "Perfect Imperfection" and toured extensively to promote the record. Sean is also the co-founder of The Deaf Professional Arts Network (D-PAN), a nonprofit organization founded to make music and music culture – the predominant shared language and experience of people worldwide – universally accessible by extending its reach to the deaf and hard of hearing.


Special features include:

  • Outstanding educational workshops
  • 15th Annual Student Track - “Making Connections!” A day-long program for students with hearing loss
  • Exhibit Hall with state-of-the-art hearing technology
  • All-day ‘Short Course’ designed for classroom teachers who have a student with hearing loss for the first time

Learn more about the Conference

If you have any questions in the meantime, please call 413.587.7313 or email fallconference@clarkeschools.org.