Clarke Mainstream Services assists anyone involved in mainstreaming students with hearing loss in regular classrooms. Mainstream Teachers of the Deaf provide direct and consultative services to students in preschool through high school in mainstream settings. Services are provided as stipulated in a student’s IEP and can include consultation with professionals, direct service to students support to families, program observations and training.
A Mainstream Teacher of the Deaf is expected to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to communicate, the challenges encountered by students with hearing loss in regular school.
- Assess the instructional, organizational and professional needs of client schools.
- Guide schools in the development of an effective support system for students with hearing loss. This includes knowledge of support services such as real-time captioning, computer-aided note taking, traditional note taking, tutoring, transliterating, acoustical and audiological supports, speech and language instruction, counseling, and instructional media.
- Collaborate with teachers as they work to adapt their teaching style to students with hearing loss. Recommend needed modifications and accommodations.
- Work in collaboration with reading specialists, SLPs, special education staff and others helping them understand the impact of hearing loss on the student as it applies to their work.
- In-service general education staff regarding education students with hearing loss. In-service hearing peers regarding the experience of hearing loss and effective communication practices.
- Provide direct service to students individually or in small group settings as indicated in the IEP.
- Provide pre- post-teaching to students.
- Monitor the development of language. Provide one-to-one instruction as needed to ensure language is developing as expected.
- Promote the development of self-advocacy skills and help students develop an understanding of how their hearing loss impacts them.
- Evaluate physical environments in regard to maximum access to auditory and visual information.
- Monitor the use of hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM systems and other assistive devices.
- Demonstrate an ability to troubleshoot when difficulties arise in school settings.
- Participate in I.E.P. Meetings and/or other meetings in those schools.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the non-academic and social-emotional needs of students with hearing loss and assist with the development of appropriate supports within the regular school program.
- Plan and present group orientation workshops and ongoing in-service training for the staff.
- Master’s degree in Deaf Education with an emphasis on listening and spoken language.
- MA Department of Education License as a Teacher of the Deaf.
- Teaching experience with students who are deaf or hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language.
- Demonstrate an understanding of, or willingness to learn about, best practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
- Knowledge of how public schools operate.
- Knowledge of support services and how they are managed.
- Knowledge of common modifications and accommodations for students with hearing loss and the ability to articulate what they are and their benefit.
- Able to write reports and correspondence including quarterly reports, newsletter articles, handouts and contracts.
- Knowledge of amplification, adaptive equipment and applicable technology.
Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination: Clarke Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment. Clarke Schools is required by Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment. The Chief Human Resource Officer, Karen Katsanos, MA, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, 45 Round Hill Road, Northampton, MA 01060, telephone number 413-582-1155, has been designated as the employee responsible for coordinating Clarke Schools efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 to Clarke Schools may be referred to Karen Katsanos or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, telephone number 800-421-3481.