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One Essential Goal for the New School Year

Welcome
back! It’s been a busy (and here in Massachusetts, HOT) start to the new school
year!

I was recently consulting in a third-grade mainstream classroom,
and got into a conversation with the teacher about representation of students
with varied abilities and physical appearances in children’s literature. She
strives to create a classroom library where each student can find themselves in
the characters in the books she reads and provides. This teacher asked for book
recommendations featuring characters with hearing loss. I reached out to my
good friend and fellow teacher of the deaf, JennyKate Marble, who is a school
librarian. She sent me the list below and I’m excited to share it here with
you.

Picture Books:

The Deaf Musiciansby
Pete Seeger

Kami and the Yaksby
Andrea Stenn Stryer

My Heart Glowby
Emily Arnold McCully

The Printerby Myron Uhlburg

The Mitten Stringby
Jennifer Rosner

The Moses Goes Toseries
by Isaac Millman

Chapter Books:

Ruby Lu, Empress of Everythingby
Lenore Look

Feathersby Jacqueline Woodson

You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!by Alex Gino

Hurt Go Happyby
Ginny Rorby

T4by Ann Clare LeZotte

Graphic Novels:

El Deafoby Cece Bell

Let’s take on my cooperating teacher’s goal of equal
representation and make sure our students are represented in all classroom
libraries (and maybe update our own collections, too!) Cheers to a new school year!

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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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