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Public School Partnerships

PUBLIC SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS addresses the specific needs of students with hearing aids and cochlear implants in educational settings, providing a support system for monitoring deaf and hard of hearing students’ academic and developmental progress.

Inside Public School Partnerships

For Teachers, Students and Families

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  • Educational audiology services, including classroom acoustics assessment and FM/HAT system recommendations, implementation, and training
  • Direct instruction services from teachers of the Deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Consultation with speech-language pathologists regarding speech, language and auditory needs of children with hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Consultation support for sign language interpreters working in public schools
  • Assistance with student transition issues (for example: work, or extra-curricular activities)
  • Comprehensive resource information related to student assessment and college transitions

For School Districts

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Our staff can assist districts in complying with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504 plans) for deaf and hard of hearing students in schools.

Teacher and Family Resources

Inservices and Workshops

Staff discussing in the meeting.
  • Curriculum adaptations in the classroom
  • Educational audiology and the impact of hearing loss on listening and participating in the classroom
  • Cochlear implant, FM/HAT, and hearing aid technology and maintenance
  • Communication choices and language learning for Deaf and hard of hearing students
  • Comprehensive American Sign Language courses

Assessments

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  • Observation, consultation, and training for classroom teachers and support personnel
  • Periodic review of all curriculum adaptations

For Teachers, Students and Families

Teacher talking to a student
  • Educational audiology services, including classroom acoustics assessment and FM/HAT system recommendations, implementation, and training
  • Direct instruction services from teachers of the Deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Consultation with speech-language pathologists regarding speech, language and auditory needs of children with hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Consultation support for sign language interpreters working in public schools
  • Assistance with student transition issues (for example: work, or extra-curricular activities)
  • Comprehensive resource information related to student assessment and college transitions

For School Districts

A staff listening another staff talking.

Our staff can assist districts in complying with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504 plans) for deaf and hard of hearing students in schools.

Teacher and Family Resources

Inservices and Workshops

Staff discussing in the meeting.
  • Curriculum adaptations in the classroom
  • Educational audiology and the impact of hearing loss on listening and participating in the classroom
  • Cochlear implant, FM/HAT, and hearing aid technology and maintenance
  • Communication choices and language learning for Deaf and hard of hearing students
  • Comprehensive American Sign Language courses

Assessments

Student and teacher looking at laptop.
  • Observation, consultation, and training for classroom teachers and support personnel
  • Periodic review of all curriculum adaptations

Of the many challenges we've faced in this unique school year, some of them require expertise beyond our staff's capacity. We have two deaf students who have been remote due to COVID. Before welcoming these students back, we needed to know that we are doing everything we can to accommodate their needs. Gayle has worked with those children for years. I invited Gayle to visit, assess, and advise how to best set up classrooms to be ready for their in-person return. We now know what we need to do, and we could not have known this without her help. We are grateful.

Brian Cohen
MetroWest Jewish Day School

As a parent of a Bilingual Hard of Hearing student with additional special needs, I was extremely pleased with the support of the Public School Partnership program.  If not for the PSP program, my son would not have gotten the support that ultimately helped him pass MCAS and achieve a High School Diploma.  My son got what he needed in terms of hearing loss support and my town was able to successfully graduate one of their multi special needs students, which never would have happened without the Public School Partnership.  

Parent of Student
Public School Partnerships

Frequently Asked Questions

As a Director of Special Education, my experience with Deaf/Hard of Hearing students was non-existent until a kindergarten child with hearing loss was on the roster, and the teacher wanted to make his learning experience as accessible as all the other students.  The teacher's questions were many, and my answers were few.  Fortunately, working with trained staff from TLC taught me that every child with hearing loss needs an educational audiologist who is part of the school team, and who can both educate the staff on an ongoing basis and provide services to children. 

Karen T.
Director of Special Education, Local Public School District