A Publication of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech | November 2020
This holiday season, we're grateful for Clarke's village of support.
We've never been more grateful for all that Clarke team members, families and donors do to support our work and mission.
Upcoming Happenings
Clarke is proud to share these upcoming happenings celebrating students, alumni and staff!
  • American Education Week (November 16-20): Clarke joins the National Education Association and many others in honoring individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every student receives a quality education.

Clarke Speaks 2020-2021 Coming Soon
Look for this year's digital-only edition of Clarke Speaks magazine, which will be available on Friday, December 4, 2020. With stories on Clarke's pandemic heroes, the importance of friendship, lessons learned from 1918, profiles of philanthropists and interviews with talented Clarke alumni, this issue will highlight stories of connection, perseverance and giving. We are excited to share it with you soon via email and our social media platforms!
Latest News
  • Supporting Providers in Philadelphia: Clarke Philadelphia developed a four-part series as a resource for providers in Philadelphia supporting children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The series covers the science of hearing loss, accessibility in education and modalities for communication.

  • Clarke Receives Generous PPE Donation: Thank you Destination XL Group for supporting children who are deaf or hard of hearing with a generous personal protective equipment donation.
Time to Hit Restart
Heather Stinson, Clarke itinerant teacher of the deaf and author of the Hear Me Out Blog, shares tips for a much-needed "restart" many educators may be seeking.
An Evidence-Based Standard for LSL Early-Intervention Care
In Massachusetts, New York and Florida, Clarke has adopted tVISITs as the standard of care for families enrolled in early intervention services. These virtual sessions are no longer only for families outside of the organization's footprint, they are part of the Clarke experience for myriad benefits including increased family engagement.
Advancing Clarke
Matching Gift Alert! This year your gift will go even further thanks to a challenge grant from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation.
The Bright Spot: Uplifting Stories from Our Community
Record-Setting Virtual Parent Education Night
More than 40 families and professionals spanning Florida and stretching across Oregon, Canada and even Norway, participated in "Oral Motor Based Challenges in Children with Hearing Loss." A special Clarke thank you to Amy Thomas, M.S., CCC-SLP, with Nemours Children's Specialty Center, for leading the presentation!
Getting Active for Good
Students in Clarke's K-8 Program in Northampton are getting active for good with UNICEF's Kid Power Program! The virtual program empowers students to connect their everyday activity to real-world impact. By playing "Kid Power Up" videos that increase physical activity, students unlock critical support—from meals to environmental support—that UNICEF distributes to children in global and local communities.
Virtual Field Trip Full of Nature
Clarke Philadelphia students participated in a virtual field trip led by the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. The interactive workshop featured an in-depth look at nature. Students developed new language as they identified a model blue jay, a butterfly's wing, fall leaves and a shark tooth.
Bullying Prevention Month at Clarke
Clarke students and professionals spread positive affirmations throughout October to show their commitment to taking a stand against bullying.

  • 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.

Clarke Voices
"I just wanted to give you a quick update on Josie — who is thriving at her mainstream school! During our school conference, her teacher commented on what a delight it is to have Josie in school — she is invested in every activity. She also commented that Josie's perseverance really stands out among her classmates and that she is socializing well. Josie's teacher does not have concerns about her literacy skills. This felt like a real victory for us. Clarke was integral in helping Josie to get to where she is today."

— Elizabeth, mom of a Clarke alumna

We close each issue of Clarke Connection with a special quote from a member of the Clarke community. To become the next featured Clarke Voice, send your quote to communications@clarkeschools.org 
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As an IRS qualified charity, gifts to Clarke are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our Work. Our Reach. Your Role: New and increased donations will go even further thanks to a partial matching grant from a generous funder.

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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