ECH has two purposes that are byproducts
of our mission. The first is to educate, the second is to advocate.
We combine these in the form of an educational service that is customized
into three distinct programs directed at specific audiences:
- General Public Education (G.P.E.)
- Current Teacher In-Service Training
- Prospective Teacher Preparation Program
A description of these three program areas is as follows:
General Public Education (G.P.E.)
This general education is conveyed to a wide
range of users with various backgrounds and perspectives including:
parents, teachers, school administrators, school boards, politicians,
and the public at large. We accomplish this service primarily
through our website that provides an independent source of
comprehensive information to all types of users, and we convey
information through various media outlets including television
interviews and featured articles in local and national publications.
These articles/interviews are available to read and view on
our website, http://www.classroomhearing.org/media.html. We
make these articles and our brochures available not only to
educate the primary user, but to empower that user with advocacy
tools that can be carried forward.
As part of our G.P.E., ECH has worked with PTA’s to educate
its leaders and members. In 2007, we authored the Classroom Auditory
Learning Resolution that was adopted by the National PTA. We
continue to offer services to the state and National PTAs in
an effort to fulfill the education obligations under that resolution.
We also give interactive presentations to specific audience
segments at educational conferences and events, such as the National
School Boards Association annual convention in April 2009.
These G.P.E. services are provided at no cost
to the public whenever possible; therefore,
we rely heavily on public donations and corporate
contributions to support this program. (You
can donate here)
Current Teacher In-Service Training
This program is accomplished in the form of
an interactive workshop provided on-site to teachers currently
working in the profession. This professional development program
is directed at teachers with and without access to sound enhancement
technology, given by someone who is a teacher themselves.
For those teachers that already have access to
sound enhancement systems, our workshop provides
an education on the rationale
behind the technology and the NEED to consistently use
that technology to ensure that every student
in the classroom has acoustic accessibility
to the teacher’s voice. Research suggests that on-going
in-service training should be available to
teachers to increase consistent use of the
equipment and to maximize return on an investment
that has already been made. As part of our workshop,
we will discuss problems and issues that may
be preventing some teachers
from fully utilizing their teacher microphones
and the hand-held student microphones. Through
group interaction, we will strategize
new and more efficient uses to work out problems
and situations where the technology is not
being correctly and consistently
used. Our education and group discussions are
much more than those provided by the companies
upon equipment installation.
Our non-profit independent motives remove the
skepticism that often prevents teachers from ‘listening’ and
learning why they need to enhance their voice.
Our presentation to groups of teachers that do NOT currently
have access to sound enhancement systems serves to educate them
about the auditory learning issues that diminish children’s
ability and desire to learn. This education helps to prevent
incorrect labeling of students’ abilities and behaviors.
It also educates the teachers about scientific benefits of using
sound enhancement systems in the classroom; therefore, increasing
receptiveness for this new educational tool when it becomes available.
Please contact us
to schedule a workshop/presentation session
in your school or district, and specify if
the audience already has access to sound
Prospective Teacher Preparation Program
Option 1: This program consists of an interactive lecture
style format given to undergraduate and graduate college/university
students preparing for a career in education. A ninety minute
presentation discusses the three primary reasons why normal
hearing students miss up to one-third of their teacher’s
verbal instruction, the consequences of their inability to
hear in the classroom, and a scientifically based solution.
This information and the interactive discussion taps into the
progressive innovative minds of students preparing for a new
career. At the end of the presentation, they will be more informed
about the auditory learning issues facing their future students
than most of those teachers currently in the profession. Understanding
how children hear and process what they hear
in the classroom is crucial BEFORE one steps into the classroom
for the first
time. Teachers commonly make incorrect judgments about students’ behaviors,
attitudes, and abilities because they lack the understanding
of how children hear differently than adults and how poor acoustics
in today’s classrooms exacerbate those differences having
a direct negative impact on academic achievement. Our presentation
serves to increase their knowledge and awareness of these important
auditory considerations which WILL impact their future careers.
“Your factual presentation and
informative website have increased our awareness of hearing
problems and our roles as
future professionals in intervening and addressing
auditory issues in the classroom.” Jonelle E. Pool, Ph.D. Chair and Associate
Professor, Education Department at Gettysburg College, PA.
There is NO fee for this presentation. However,
we do require that colleges/universities reimburse
any travel expense (in excess
of 50 miles) incurred in connection with
the presentation AND we ask the college/university
to consider making
a donation to
our non-profit organization to help further
our mission (suggested amount between $500
Please contact us
to schedule a presentation session at your
college or university.
Option 2: Purchase a complete curriculum written on this topic. Contact us for more information.