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Clarke Schools press release   Date: 6/9/10 Bookmark and Share

Clarke Schools Bid Goodbye to Longtime Educator

Northampton, Mass.–A retirement celebration on Friday, June 11, at 6 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel will honor the achievements of Alan L. Marvelli, professor of education and child study and director of the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech Graduate Program in Teacher Education, who will retire after 40 years as an educator and advocate for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Alan L. Marvelli M.E.D Fellowship, which provides financial support for students pursuing a Master of Education of the Deaf at Smith/Clarke.

Marvelli has been a pioneer in the field of oral deaf education for more than 46 years. He began his work with the deaf in 1964 as a student in the Graduate Program in Teacher Education, where, just eight years later, he would go on to serve as director.

Faculty and staff at Clarke describe him as a gifted teacher and mentor. Jan Gatty, director of child and family services at Clarke, describes Marvelli as “a perfect administrator: a community-oriented leader who loves teachers, schools and families.” Called “Poppa Marvelli” by his students, his fatherly guidance and personal approach has shaped the education of numerous teachers of the deaf across the country. Under his management, the program has grown to one of the largest and most respected in the United States. More than 1,500 teachers have trained through the program—impacting the lives of thousands of children who are deaf and hard of hearing in all 50 states and 34 countries.

In addition to his work at Clarke and Smith, Marvelli has been involved in numerous projects to provide education and training to teachers nationwide. In 2003, he established a collaborative program with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to provide training for teachers on cochlear implants, devices that allow for the perception of sound sensation by deaf individuals.

An enthusiastic supporter of technology in the classroom, Marvelli also led the efforts of two large Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers To Use Technology (PT3) Grants specifically for educating the deaf.

“Alan has been a champion for oral deaf teacher education for decades,” said Clarke Schools President Bill Corwin. “Under his leadership, the Smith/Clarke program has evolved in response to tremendous changes in the field. Because of his tireless commitment, hundreds of Smith/Clarke graduates have gone on to help deaf and hard-of-hearing children all over the world reach their full potential.”

The celebration will include a reception followed by dinner. Read more information.

About The Smith College/Clarke Graduate Program in Teacher Education

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech provide children who are deaf and hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. In the Graduate Program in Teacher Education, which was founded in 1962 through a partnership between Smith College and Clarke Schools, students learn under the guidance of experienced teachers of the deaf at the Clarke School campus in Northampton. Thanks to a generous, private foundation grant, Smith College is able to award full-tuition scholarships to all participants in this program.


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