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The Deaf and Hard of Hearing academic curriculum is aligned with the California State Grade-Level Expectations and Common Core Standards, the same expectations that hearing students must meet. Core academic skills addressed include reading, language, math, social studies, and science. Life skills include work habits, social skills, and problem solving skills. Students participate in the California State and District assessments as individually determined by IEP teams.


Preschool - Kindergarten

This class provides a language intensive program with a curriculum adapted for children with hearing loss. The classroom teacher, teaching assistant, speech pathologist, and DHH itinerant teacher collaborate to track the children's listening and language development. We work on developing expressive and receptive language skills through hands-on meaningful experiences. High expectations are placed on children to use verbal communication skills. Direct language, speech and auditory development are used during all activities. Students' self-esteem is developed through the ability to be independent in daily living skills, such as being toilet trained, feeding and dressing themselves and taking care of their hearing aids and/or cochlear implants.


First - Second Grade 

As student's become proficient listeners and communicators, they may be mainstreamed into a general education classroom for one or more academic subjects. This gives them the opportunity to integrate with hearing peers who provide age-appropriate language modeling. A few of the literacy skills that are taught at this grade level include: recalling and describing key ideas and details from a text, producing and publishing writing, and participating in conversations about grade-level topics.


Third - Fifth Grade  

As students approach the upper grades and the transition to middle school, self advocacy skills are taught to help students know how, who and when to ask for assistance.  Students are taught to be able to describe their own skills and needs and set goals for what they want to accomplish.  Some of the literacy skills that are taught at this grade level include: the ability to read and comprehend literature including stories, drama and poetry;  produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose; and express their own ideas clearly during collaborative discussions.



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Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teachers

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Anna Sherman, M.S.Ed., is the Preschool through Kindergarten Special Day Class DHH Specialist Teacher. She received her B.A. from San Francisco State University in Humanities and then completed her DHH Specialist Credential and M.S.Ed. degree from Hunter College in New York. She has worked as a DHH Educational Specialist for 7 years. 


Maribeth Bloch is the first through second grade Special Day Class DHH Specialist Teacher. She brings a wealth of experience in her nearly 30 years of working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, spanning all grades from PK to High School. She has been teaching on and off at 153rd Street Elementary since 1984, a true veteran of our program.


Martha Rhodes, M.S. Ed., is the third through fifth grade Special Day Class DHH Specialist Teacher. She received her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from CSU Long Beach. Furthermore, she received a second Master's degree from University of Southern California at John Tracy Clinic in Deaf and Hard of Hearning Specialist studies. Martha has been a teacher with LAUSD for 25 years and has taught DHH for 14 years.


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Our team of professionals are dedicated

to providing educational services

that teach children with hearing loss

to listen and talk.

Special Education Assistants



Every classroom has a trained Special Education Assistant (SEA) who is a vital part of the DHH program. The SEA is required to pass a District Proficiency Test and possess an AA Degree, 60 semester units from a recognized college/university, or a minimum of 600 hours of paid or supervised classroom experience. In addition to these qualifications, the paraprofessionals bring their unique skills and expertise to our program.


Designated Instructional Services (DIS)

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