TLC Announces New Name for PreK-12th Grade Program
Beginning Sept. 1, PreK-12th Grade Program Will Become Marie Philip School
On Wednesday, April 8 at an All School Assembly, Judy Vreeland, president and executive director of The Learning Center for the Deaf, and Peter Bailey, associate executive director and chief operations officer, announced that beginning September 1, 2015, the PreK-12th grade program would be named the Marie Philip School.
Currently the school is referred to as "The Learning Center for the Deaf" and the organization as a whole is also referred to as "The Learning Center for the Deaf." Creating a unique identity for the school, under the larger umbrella of The Learning Center for the Deaf, will allow the school program to continue growing while other programs under the TLC umbrella also continue growing.
Part of a larger marketing and branding initiative, the school name announcement reinforces The Learning Center for the Deaf's national reputation as a comprehensive agency that provides educational, therapeutic, and community services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults.
A letter from Judy Vreeland, Mike Bello, executive director emeritus and a current member of the Board of Trustees, and Warren Schwab, TLC founder and trustee emeritus was emailed to the community along with a letter from Glenn Pransky, chair of the Board of Trustees.
April 8, 2015
Dear Family and Friends of the TLC Community:
The Learning Center for the Deaf was founded on a dream. In September 1970, Warren Schwab’s dream revolutionized deaf education in Massachusetts, bringing to life The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) – the first school in the state to use sign language.
Today, more than 40 years later, The Learning Center for the Deaf is a nationally recognized leader in educational, therapeutic, and community services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Since its beginning in a rented classroom with 11 students, TLC has expanded its services, its reach, and its impact. Now, in addition to our PreK-12 school, we run Walden School, a Wraparound Program, The Outreach Partnership Program, Community Interpreting Services, an Outpatient Audiology Clinic, Community ASL Classes, a Parent Infant Program, the Signing for Success Program, and a Center for Research and Training.
As we reflect on all the growth and changes within the organization, we realize our flagship program -- our PreK-12 school -- needs its own name to distinguish it from the larger umbrella organization. And so, with great excitement, we are daring to dream again.
We are incredibly pleased to announce that as of September 1, 2015, our PreK–12 program will be known as the Marie Philip School.
An icon within the Deaf community, Marie Jean Philip was a pioneer in the bilingual-bicultural movement, and a legendary advocate for the education of Deaf children around the world. Here at home, Marie was a beloved teacher, advisor, mentor, mediator, counselor, and friend. In 2002, we named our elementary school building after Marie, and we feel it is fitting to expand that to include the entire PreK–12 program. (To read more about Marie’s work and legacy, visit our website at www.tlcdeaf.org/mjp)
This change honors a beloved educator and friend. It also reinforces the fact that, with such a broad range of services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults, The Learning Center for the Deaf is so much more than “just a school.” Identifying the PreK-12 program as the Marie Philip School gives the school a unique identity that will allow it to grow and expand alongside the other programs under the umbrella of The Learning Center for the Deaf.
As we continue to dream about the future, we are excited to imagine other programs and services that might eventually fall under the umbrella of The Learning Center for the Deaf. Through all of our growth, our innovation, and any future expansion, we will continue to embrace our Core Values and our commitment to building COMPETENCE, inspiring CHARACTER, and celebrating COMMUNITY.
Over the next several months, our staff will be updating our website and print materials and announcing the change to all of our constituents. We look forward to sharing more with you soon.
|Warren SchwabFounderTrustee Emeritus
||Mike BelloEmeritus Executive DirectorTrustee
||Judith VreelandPresident/Executive DirectorTrustee
April 8, 2015
Dear Members of the TLC Community:
Since its inception, The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) has been known for its commitment to meeting the needs of the deaf community. For almost 50 years, TLC’s spirit of innovation has allowed it to remain on the cutting edge of education. Its agility and nimbleness as an organization has allowed it to grow and expand to meet the changing needs of the community and to serve a broader and broader range of children and adults.
Today, The Learning Center for the Deaf is the largest provider of services to deaf and hard of hearing children in New England. As a multi-service organization, it serves children, adults, and families from 116 communities within Massachusetts, and from 7 other states, and is the largest employer of the deaf in Massachusetts. TLC’s comprehensive range of services and its reputation for modeling best practices within the field have positioned it as a national leader.
As the Board of Trustees looks ahead to TLC’s next 50 years, we are committed to ensuring deaf and hard of hearing children and adults have the resources and services they need to thrive. As an investment in the future of the students we serve in our on-campus bilingual/bicultural program, we are pleased to endorse the recommendation to identify the PreK-12th grade program as the Marie Philip School beginning September 1, 2015.
This exciting announcement is an indication of TLC’s continued strength and spirit of innovation. Creating a unique identity for the school and honoring Marie Philip’s leadership and passion for Deaf Culture and language – with an inclusive approach for all deaf and hard of hearing students at the school – affirms the Board’s commitment to ensuring each of the programs and services offered under the umbrella of The Learning Center for the Deaf are positioned for future growth and expansion.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees,
Glenn PranskyChair, Board of Trustees