Since 2007, the Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI) Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI) training program, located at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and funded by the Oberkotter Foundation, has provided an intensive training program for professionals providing early intervention services for children (0-5) who are deaf or hard of hearing and who are using hearing technology. Originally founded as an innovative collaborative effort involving the Center for Childhood Communication at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Smith College and Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, PPCI was among the first professional learning programs to provide blended learning opportunities in cochlear implantation.
Since its inception, PPCI has grown to include a diverse faculty representing a number of collaborative partners including: Atlanta Speech School (GA), Cobb County Public Schools (GA), Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf (CA), St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf – Indianapolis (IN), Sunshine Cottage for Deaf Children (TX), and University of Texas at San Antonio Health Sciences Center (TX). Through PPCI, over 300 professionals have had the opportunity to engage in an online community of practice, interact with thought leaders in the field, and participate in onsite learning to improve their practice. While the PPCI program will no longer be offered after June 30, 2014, the Oberkotter Foundation will launch a new national professional learning center in spring 2015 that builds on and enhances the learning experiences previously provided through PPCI.
The new learning center will deliver a comprehensive system of professional preparation and ongoing learning and support for professionals working with or on behalf of young children 0 – 5 who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. We invite all professionals interested in working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families to participate in the new learning center to continue their learning journey and to strengthen and support the professional community network that has formed.
For more information about the Oberkotter Foundation’s new professional learning initiative and about how you can participate in the new center, visit www.oberkotterfoundation.org. We look forward to building our professional learning community with you to support all children who are deaf or hard of hearing in reaching their full potential.