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January 25, 2012

Call for Proposals for the 2012 Mainstream Conference


January 25, 2012—Clarke Mainstream Services is seeking workshop proposals that address our 2012 conference theme: Apps to FMs: Expanding Opportunities through Technology. In today’s world technology has opened new and diverse opportunities for students with hearing loss to communicate, learn and socialize. For this year’s conference we are seeking proposals that will address current educational and hearing technologies and innovative strategies that foster and insure the effective use of these technologies.

All proposal topics must fall into the categories of Hearing Technology or Classroom Technology to be considered. 

HEARING TECHNOLOGY
Examples include: bilateral implants; the use of personal FM systems; maximizing hearing; apps for developing speech skills; and distance technology. 
CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY
Examples include: use of classroom technology to enhance access to classroom information; use of captioning; iPads and iPods; smartboards; and social media. 
Proposals will be selected based on their content, suggested audience, age of student(s) being addressed and how it fits into our overall program. We are particularly interested in proposals that demonstrate practical information and strategies applicable to school settings of preschool through high school age students.
Presentations should be of interest to classroom teachers, speech language pathologists, teachers of the deaf, parents, special educators or audiologists. Priority will be given to interactive presentations that provide “hands on” opportunity for application of content, but all topics will be considered. View conference website.

Submission Information

Proposal deadline is February 27, 2012

Presenters will be notified via email during the week of March 19, 2012.

The conference will be held at the Springfield Sheraton in Springfield, MA on October 25 & 26, 2012.

Proposals fall into the category of “mini-workshop” or “short course.”

Mini-workshops are 90 minutes in length and are offered in the morning (10:30-12 noon) and repeated in the afternoon (1:15-2:45).

A short course is a day-long workshop, 180 minutes in length, offered only on Thursday, beginning in the morning (10:30-12 noon) and continuing in the afternoon (1:15-2:45). Our 2012 short course will focus on hearing technology.

Selected presenters attend the conference free of charge, receive an honorarium, and are reimbursed round trip mileage or a stipend for travel (if traveling from out of state) and accommodations the night prior to their presentation at the conference hotel site. (Based on 1 presenter)