A Publication of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech | September 2020
Beginning a Unique Fall With the Same Trusted Clarke Support
With various methods and venues in place for learning this year, we're eager to welcome families back. We look forward to a bright year as we move more #ClarkeFamiliesForward.
Educational Resources for Professionals, Mainstream Parents and Students
The Fall issue of Mainstream News is now available! Discover tips for protecting children from cyber bullying, read what Clarke professionals have learned through remote services, understand how to support literacy skills—and more. Sponsored by Oticon Pediatrics.
Calling all itinerant teachers of the deaf! Read Clarke's Hear Me Out Blog for a list of resources for professionals to kick off the new school year.

  • Maintaining Language-Rich Environments at Home: We've assembled a list of LSL activities and resources to help maintain fun, language-rich environments at home. Check out #ClarkeLSLTip and #ClarkeAtHome posts on social media to follow along.

Welcoming our New CEO and President
Clarke proudly announces the appointment of Bruce Skyer as president and CEO. Bruce brings nearly 30 years of strategic business consulting, management and operations experience in youth-service and healthcare sectors to Clarke.
Clarke in the News
Clarke is proud to share these stories featuring students, alumni and staff!

#BlueUp with Clarke
Clarke will participate in World Day of Bullying Prevention on Monday, October 5, partnering with Stomp Out Bullying and other education institutions in taking a stand against bullying. Join us by wearing blue on Monday, October 5 to show your support.

Utilize our resources and send us photos of how you're participating.
Advancing Clarke
The Bright Spot: Uplifting Stories from Our Community
Clarke Philadelphia Family Honored with "Brighter Futures" Award
Congratulations to the Lieber family, recipients of the "Communications Champion Brighter Futures" award presented by Philadelphia's Department of Behavior Health and Intellectual disABILITY Services. The Liebers were virtually presented the award in honor of their leadership in the community and dedication to their son Ethan, a recent Clarke Philadelphia graduate.
Generous Grant Leads to New Books for Clarke New York Families
Thanks to a generous grant from the Children's Hearing Institute, Clarke New York families received new books to add to their home libraries. One family noted, "We are so in love with all the beautiful books and multicultural stories."

September is also National Literacy Month. Follow along with #ClarkeBookClub, and learn how to spot literacy gaps in "Supporting Crucial Literacy Skills and Identifying Hidden Challenges," in our fall issue of Mainstream News.
Genie's Listening and Spoken Language Journey Continues Abroad
You may remember Genie, a Clarke Florida alumna who made rapid progress after moving from the Middle East to Florida and receiving support from Clarke. This fall, she continues her listening and spoken language journey in a mainstream classroom in British Columbia. Despite being more than 2,800 miles away, the family remains active at Clarke—receiving weekly speech therapy services.
Scholarship Funds Awarded to Support Three Clarke Alumni
Clarke is pleased to share that the Caroline A. Yale Memorial Fund collectively awarded more than $10,000 to three Clarke alumni. The application-based scholarship is awarded to former students who demonstrate leadership, community service and a passion for advancing their education.
Clarke Receives Generous PPE Donation
Thank you Rafi Nova for supporting children who are deaf or hard of hearing with a generous personal protective equipment donation.
Clarke Voices
"Clarke Florida's virtual summer program was a great help, especially during the pandemic, and gave Genie some final preparations for Kindergarten." — Angela, mom of Genie, a Clarke Florida alumna

Read more about Genie's listening and spoken language journey.

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Since 1867, Clarke has provided children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the education needed to succeed in a hearing world. Clarke has evolved to best meet the needs of children and families today though our infant-toddler, virtual tVISIT, preschool, K-8, mainstream and summer programs, as well as through our hearing center, comprehensive educational evaluations and research and professional development.

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