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Heather Stinson

The Role of Tests

School is now in full swing and grades close for the first term in just a few short days here in Massachusetts! As that date comes closer, it is common for teachers to administer quizzes, interims, tests and summatives… the

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Welcome to Hear Me Out’s new home!

 by: Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech  The Hear Me Out blog will now be available here, at Clarke’s new website!  Our redesigned, modern site is mobile-friendly and accessible with the same URL, clarkeschools.org. Visitors can easily request services and refer

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Heather Stinson

Mobile-Friendly Spring Mainstream News Now Available!

The spring issue of Mainstream News, sponsored by Oticon, is now available online and mobile-friendly!    Read about our favorite tech tools, the importance of having hearing technology serviced in the summer, how to plan a summer of enriching fun, why quality play matters so

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Heather Stinson

Looking Ahead To Fall

Despite the many ups and downs of this school year, we are moving right along! Spring IEP and planning meetings are being scheduled and teams have begun talking about the fall. While there are still many unknowns, using what we

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Heather Stinson

Our Students are Children First

    There’s no denying it: the feeling of teacher burnout is real. Winter months are hard in New England in a regular school year, and the added stress of the constantly changing school models—remote to hybrid and back again—safety concerns

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Heather Stinson

Check out the Winter Issue of Mainstream News!

by: Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech The Winter issue of Mainstream News, sponsored by Oticon, is now available online!  Read about learning regression and how to prevent it, learn best practices for a successful college search (particularly in a pandemic), understand the crucial partnership

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Heather Stinson

“So, which mask is the best?”

    As itinerants, I’m sure we’ve all been asked this question by school teams. I also continue to see this question posted in forums and in Facebook groups. I’ve decided to answer it for you here. Get ready- it’s not

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Heather Stinson

Time to Hit Restart

“I’m exhausted. Like, really exhausted.” “I hate this.” “I have so much work that it’s… it’s mind blowing.” “I feel like I’m running and running and running… and if I stop, I’m going to crash.” This is what students said

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Itinerant teachers of the deaf (TOD) provide direct services to children with hearing loss in mainstream schools, consultation to their teachers, and professional development to school staff. Itinerant TODs travel to a child’s neighborhood school to provide one-on-one educational support, foster listening and spoken language development, and help children build social and self-advocacy skills. They also act as a liaison between the family and their mainstream school. Hear Me Out provides a unique forum for these special teachers to share their experiences as they grow as professionals.

Hear Me Out is produced by Mainstream Services at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech as part of our mission to support children with hearing loss and the professionals who serve them.

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About the Author

Heather Stinson (CAGS, MED, S/LP-A) received her master’s degree in Education of the Deaf from Smith College in 2006 and a graduate certificate in Children, Families, and Schools (with a concentration in research methodology) from the University of Massachusetts in 2012. In addition to her many years of experience working with children with hearing loss who communicate using listening and spoken language, Heather has also worked as a preschool classroom teacher.

Heather has presented both locally and nationally on issues related to mainstreaming students with hearing loss and is a contributing author to Odyssey magazine. Heather currently works as an itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing at Clarke Mainstream Services, a program of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech.

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