PRESENTERS & ABSTRACTS

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Updated April 19, 2018

MARCUS ADRIAN

An architect and principal of Mackey Mitchell Architects, Marcus Adrian has designed buildings and classrooms for deaf education on nine different campuses. He lectures widely on classroom design, including an October, 2017 talk at TEDx Gateway Arch. He will co-present with Kevin Symons.

Universal Design for Deaf Education

Along with their communication approaches, CEASD and OPTION schools have evolved different approaches to shaping their buildings and classrooms, around the sense each one prioritizes for communication – vision or hearing. In our first 10 min, we will share design strategies we used to design multiple schools for both CEASD and OPTION campuses, acknowledging the differences but focusing on the similarities. Next, we will break into mixed groups. Attendees will share problems, ideas and best practices from their own school’s context. We reconvene for a 15-min. plenary, to explore how we can combine ideas into a more universal design approach, to create schools that respond to a fuller range of sensory abilities, allowing more kids to succeed.

LIZ ALPERIN SOLMS

Liz Alperin Solms, MPA is co-founder of Insyte Partners (www.insytepartners.com) and senior practitioner of the Presencing Institute (www.presencing.org). She has been applying the Theory U framework for 12 years as trusted partner to leaders across sectors to address their most critical issues—shifting strategy, culture, business models, cross-sector collaborations, collective leadership—all toward the goals of creating a future that is distinct from the past.  She will co-present with Marie McCormick and Grace Shin.

Leadership in Times of Disruption

Expanding our Capacities for Listening and Conversation
Reflections on Shared Conference and Shared Agreements

At the heart of collaboration are two key competencies - the capacity to listen deeply – bringing curiosity and compassion to even the most challenging interactions—and the ability to have honest and open dialogue, putting aside voices of judgement, cynicism and fear. Based on Theory U, a framework developed at MIT for innovation and social change, this two-part session will build a shared vocabulary and strengthened capacity to lean in to the important questions facing educators of the deaf, within and across language modalities. This includes examining the way we think—our assumptions and mental models, the way we relate with one another, and our collective willingness to let go of the old so that new mindsets, relationships, collaborations, structures, and alliances can emerge.

DEBRA ARLES

Debra Arles, Auctioneer for the CEASD 2018 Live Auction with Don Galloway, is Executive Director of St. Joseph's School for the Deaf.​ 

BETH BENEDICT

Dr. Beth S. Benedict is Executive Director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach and tenured professor in the Communication Studies program in the Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

Be A Community Organizer
Community Organizers are now more recognized and valuable than ever since President Obama was elected, as he was once a community organizer. Deaf community involvement is critical for the success of all early intervention programs. The JCIH 2007 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Intervention After Confirmation That Child is Deaf or Hard of Hearing published in the Journal of Pediatrics relies on the Supplement to the original Position Paper composed in 2013. The documents focus on early detection and intervention for infants with hearing levels by addressing screening process as well as referral mechanisms and viewpoints on how deaf babies communicate and develop language (including ASL-English bilingualism).

MAURA BERNDSEN

Maura Berndsen, MA, CED, LSLS Cert. AVT, is Interim President of Listen Talk. She serves as OPTION representative to the Common Ground Project.​ She and David Geeslin will present on CEASD & OPTION: Stories of Collaborative Efforts.

KIM BIANCO MAJERI

Kim Bianco Majeri holds a MBA degree from North Park University and a MA degree from New York University. With 20 years of experience in nonprofit and corporate settings, she serves as the State Legislative Affairs coordinator for the National Association of the Deaf.

The Latest on LEAD-K and EHDI

The past two years, you, as a school administrator may have noticed increased legislative activity on both the federal and state level in terms of young deaf children (the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Re-Authorization Act and LEAD-K state legislation (Passed in CA, HI, KS, and OR). Questions will be answered by two experienced advocates who were very involved with the passage of both. Participants will have opportunities to discuss how it will impact or has impacted their students, staff, and families that they serve. Participants will become more familiar with the set-up of language acquisition assessments, and will be able to state the purpose of both laws and how it impacts deaf/hard of hearing students.

All for Language Acquisition

A spotlight on the groundbreaking conversation Deaf Community had with the Deaf School, the OPTION School, professionals and parents to openly discuss concerns about language deprivation and whether or not it was an issue in Indiana. Clear roles, ground rules and respect for one another with biases and experiences led to an agreement that something needed to be done. Utilizing the LEAD-K template, the group started to envision a better future. These kind of discussions with ALL kinds of stakeholders at the table with Deaf people leading the conversations are essential in every state.

JEFFREY BRAVIN

Jeffrey S. Bravin is a CEASD Board Member and Executive Director of the American School for the Deaf. He will present with board representatives on the new CEASD Strategic Plan.

TAMALA BRADHAM

Tamala S. Bradham, PhD, DHA, CCPA, CCC-A is the Principal Investigator for the Listening and Spoken Language Data Repository (LSL-DR) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in partnership with OPTION, Inc. She will present on the Annual LSL-DR Report with Betsy Brooks and Uma Soman.

BETSY BROOKS

Betsy Brooks, EdD, CED, LSLS Cert. AVED, is Executive Director of the Moog Center in St. Louis, MO.  She will present with Tamala Bradham and Uma Soman on the Annual LSL-DR Report and with Uma Soman on Using LSL-DR for Program Evaluation and Improvement.

 

GERARD BUCKLEY

Dr. Gerard J. Buckley has served as President of National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology since 2011. His career includes involvement at the Kansas and Lexington Schools. NTID is committed to working with CEASD to prepare students for STEM careers.

STEaMing Ahead for Employment

This presentation will include a discussion of career opportunities within the new American economy; a description of STEaM occupations and opportunities and an overview of how NTID is partnering with CEASD members to prepare students via our NSF DeafTEC initiative, our new established NTID Southeastern Regional STEM Center at ALDB and our educational outreach efforts.

NTID Communications and Access Services: An Update

NTID has continued its historic commitment to serving a wide range of students with varying backgrounds. This presentation will include an overview of the students presently served and the range of access and communication services that are provided. Dr. Buckley will be accompanied by Dr. Amanda Picioli, Director of NTID Communication Studies and Services.

CLAIRE BUGEN

Claire Bugen is Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of the Texas School for the Deaf. Active in professional organizations her entire career, Claire currently serves as CEASD Board at-Large member and as Chair of the CEASD Accreditation Committee.

Strengthening Viability through Accreditation

Our schools are always being criticized for one reason or another. Accreditation is a program that can be leveraged by schools and programs for the deaf to ensure their continued strength. CEASD Accreditation is designed to promote school improvement while ensuring the School's public that the school has met the threshold standards for accreditation in core areas. The process can be married with strategic planning to evaluate a program's success in meeting its mission and accomplishing its own organizational and student outcomes. Participants will learn how accreditation can assist a School in understanding its Environmental Forces both internal and external and how they can be leveraged for their educational and strategic benefit.

Is Accreditation the Right Fit?

Some people think accreditation is just another unnecessary audit, others feel it is not worth the time and money and yet others fear that their state will not recognize it or that they will be compared to other bigger schools with more resources. This presentation will debunk some of those myths and highlight the steps and resources available to assist schools that are thinking about accreditation for the first time or considering re-accreditation after a long lapse.

Become an Accreditation Site Team Visitor or Chair

CEASD, as a peer accrediting body, is always looking to train new site visitors and chairs! Whether you are an administrator a CEO, a teacher, an instructional specialist or a dorm supervisor, we would be happy to include you in our pool of visitors. To become a site team visitor we really encourage you to attend an in person training session like this or participate in one online. For Chairs we really like you have two or three visits under your belt and a strong understanding of the process before you become a chair. Participants in this session will gain a better understanding of the requirements for visits, report writing, and the schedule for visits.

CINDY CAMP

Cindy Camp is the Marketing & Communications Specialist with the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP). She holds a Master’s degree in English, is a nationally certified interpreter as well as a C-Print captioninst and trainer. She has provided access services for over 25 years.

Accessible Media for D/HH Students

Research has shown that the use of multimedia is beneficial to all students. However, it is not always easy to find educational media with high quality captions. The Described and Captioned Media Program is a federally funded program, which provides accessible educational media and much more. Learn about this free resource. There are videos to teach sign language and deaf culture, self-advocacy, science, math, language arts, just to name a few. We’ll discuss how to use accessible media in the classroom and at home. Participants will explore how to evaluate the quality of captions. discuss uses for video in the classroom, and be able to find DCMP media and match titles to classroom learning objectives.

JOHNNY COLLETT

Johnny Collett is the Assistant Secretary in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the United States Department of Education. In this capacity, he serves as the advisor to the U.S. education secretary on matters related to the education of children and youths with disabilities, as well as employment and community living for youths and adults with disabilities. The mission of his office is to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes, and to raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation.

Update from OSERS

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett will provide an update regarding programs, initiatives and priorities from the U.S. Department of Education and OSERS.  His remarks will touch on the importance of our work together to positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities—from birth through adulthood. Collett will highlight OSERS investments in deaf education, the need for school and parent choice and the importance of schools for the deaf in serving students and families.

BOBBI CORDANO

Roberta J. Cordano became the 11th president of Gallaudet University on January 1, 2016. During the announcement of her selection as president, Cordano was recognized as a "transformational leader who is the right person at the right time for Gallaudet."

Language Vibrancy: What Is It?

Gallaudet University, as many schools for the deaf have existed for over 150 years, and yet we are still discovering various attributes of being a bilingual university. For example, where does language flourish on campus? This presentation offered by President Bobbi Cordano will share the results of a recent initiative at Gallaudet University to capture the answers to questions, and the unexpected impact on University stakeholders related to language vibrancy. In efforts to answer these questions, stakeholders found themselves asking deeper questions of themselves, of others, and of the University, resulting in a dynamic collaborative discussion. President Cordano will share insights from this current journey to provide a map for everyone.

Gallaudet: Programs, Events, and Resources

The purpose of the luncheon presentation is to promote Gallaudet University to CEASD and OPTION members. It is also important to note that this the first time for Gallaudet to present directly to OPTION’s members, school leaders. The luncheon presentation is part of Gallaudet’s sponsorship package for the CEASD-OPTION 2018 Conferences and is an opportunity to share new and upcoming programs or events at Gallaudet University, thank schools for their support, and to highlight recent successes/student profile/exciting updates including positive statistics, e.g., graduation rate, number of student jobs, and growth in students/programs. It is also a time to share new and exciting resources that the Clerc Center has to offer including the new ASL Standards.

LAURA COVELLO

Laura Covello is the Executive Director of the CCHAT Center in Sacramento, CA. CCHAT is a highly specialized and comprehensive listening and spoken language program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. She will present with Cynthia Robinson, Jamie Sepulveda, and Judy Sexton on Recruiting New Teachers.

SANDRA EDWARDS

Dr. Sandra G. Edwards is President of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) and Superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Deaf, and serves as CEASD representative to the Common Ground Project.. She and Hannah Eskridge will present during CEASD-OPTION Common Ground sessions.

HANNAH ESKRIDGE

 

Hannah Eskridge, MSP, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is President of OPTION Schools and President of the Children's Cochlear Implant Center at University of North Carolina. She serves as OPTION representative to the Common Ground Project.  She and Dr. Sandra Edwards will present during CEASD-OPTION Common Ground sessions.

JOSEPH FISCHGRUND

Joseph E. Fischgrund served as Headmaster of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for 21 years. He is a Past President of CEASD and currently serves as Executive Director of the Council on Education of the Deaf.  He will co-present with James Tucker.

CEASD Schools: Future Teacher Needs

Results of a 2018 survey of CEASD schools are presented, including the demographic profile of current teachers, the number of teachers retiring in the next four years and the number and characteristics of teachers needed at schools for the deaf in the future. The data is compared to two previous studies, indicating the changing nature of skills needed by teachers of the deaf.

DON GALLOWAY

Donald A. Galloway, Auctioneer for the CEASD 2018 Live Auction with Debra Arles, is Superintendent and CEO of the Lexington School for the Deaf.​ 

VICTORIA GAITANIS

 

Victoria Gaitanis is the lead State Program Specialist at the Florida Department of Education for students who are blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, or dual sensory impaired with over 20  years of experience in education within multiple educational settings, grade levels, and certification areas. She will provide welcoming remarks on behalf of the Florida Department of Education.

DAVID GEESLIN

Dr. David Geeslin, CEASD President-Elect, is Superintendent of the Indiana School for the Deaf. He serves as CEASD representative to the Common Ground Project. He and Maura Berndsen will present on CEASD & OPTION: Stories of Collaborative Efforts.

PETER HAUSER

 

Dr. Peter C. Hauser is a clinical neuropsychologist, professor, and director of the NTID Center on Cognition and Language that investigates the neural, cognitive, linguistic, and socio-cultural factors that advance deaf individuals’ learning, well-being, and health across the life span.

 

Language Deprivation and Cognition

Dr. Peter C. Hauser will share one of his research studies that investigated if the deprivation of sign language in the first three years of life has an impact on deaf children and adults’ executive functions. Hauser will discuss what these results mean for deaf students and teachers as these results have important implications for parent-infant programs and early childhood curriculums as well as for those who work with older deaf children and adults. The result provide empirical evidence that administrators can use for making evidence-based decisions and policy changes. The presentation will end with a discussion on defining and framing language deprivation in a way it can be understood to those outside of deaf education.

BARBARA HECHT

 

Barbara F. Hecht, Ph.D., is Past President of OPTION Schools and Director of the Boston area campus of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech and Co-Director of the tVisit project, a collaborative tele-intervention initiative. She serves as OPTION representative to the Common Ground Project.  She and Jane Mulholland will share Reflections on What Unites Us.

TAWNY HOLMES

Tawny Holmes, Esq. serves as the Education Policy Counsel at the National Association of the Deaf and provides policy consultation on a local, state, national and global level. Holmes also teaches at Gallaudet University focusing on sign language rights and advocacy. She will co-present with Kim Bianco Majeri. 

The Latest on LEAD-K and EHDI

The past two years, you, as a school administrator may have noticed increased legislative activity on both the federal and state level in terms of young deaf children (the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Re-Authorization Act and LEAD-K state legislation (Passed in CA, HI, KS, and OR). Questions will be answered by two experienced advocates who were very involved with the passage of both. Participants will have opportunities to discuss how it will impact or has impacted their students, staff, and families that they serve. Participants will become more familiar with the set-up of language acquisition assessments, and will be able to state the purpose of both laws and how it impacts deaf/hard of hearing students.

SUSAN LANE-OUTLAW

Dr. Susan Lane-Outlaw is the Executive Director at Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, MN. She earned her doctorate from Gallaudet University. Her interests include content literacy, bilingual education, assessment, nontraditional instructional strategies. She will co-present with Amy Novotny.

Demystifying Charter Schools
What are charter schools? This presentation is for anyone wanting to learn the basics about charter schools. This presentation will also address associated myths of charter schools by separating fact from fiction, and providing a quick overview of charter schools. The growing charter school movement will be discussed and will include different models and the roles they play in Deaf education. Finally, both presenters will describe their schools, and explain how their schools are similar to and different from each other.

JEFFREY MANSFIELD

Jeffrey Mansfield is a John W. Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress and Graham Foundation grantee for his work on the architectural history of deaf schools. Jeffrey holds a M.Arch. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

The Architecture of Deafness

Deaf schools are architecturally and spatially ambiguous. Yet, for over two centuries, their architectural forms and vocabularies have reflected evolving social attitudes towards deafness, disability, and normalcy. Their story is one of industry, biology, pathology, politics, and power. The deaf school fostered interaction, instilled a sense of community, and cultivated a discrete, at times subversive, linguistic, sensorial, and material culture. Although narratives of the deaf school remain largely fragmented and underrepresented, analyzing American deaf schools together as a spatial and architectural typology presents a cohesive picture, with much to offer in strengthening educational and psychological discourses in deaf education.

MARIE MCCORMICK

Marie McCormick, Ph.D. is co-founder of Insyte Partners (www.insytepartners.com) and senior practitioner of the Presencing Institute (www.presencing.org). She has been applying the Theory U framework for 12 years as trusted partner to leaders across sectors to address their most critical issues -shifting strategy, culture, business models, cross-sector collaborations, collective leadership - all toward the goals of creating a future that is distinct from the past. She will co-present with Liz Alperin Solms and Grace Shim.

Leadership in Times of Disruption

Expanding our Capacities for Listening and Conversation
Reflections on Shared Conference and Shared Agreements

At the heart of collaboration are two key competencies - the capacity to listen deeply – bringing curiosity and compassion to even the most challenging interactions—and the ability to have honest and open dialogue, putting aside voices of judgement, cynicism and fear. Based on Theory U, a framework developed at MIT for innovation and social change, this two-part session will build a shared vocabulary and strengthened capacity to lean in to the important questions facing educators of the deaf, within and across language modalities. This includes examining the way we think—our assumptions and mental models, the way we relate with one another, and our collective willingness to let go of the old so that new mindsets, relationships, collaborations, structures, and alliances can emerge.

RANDI MITCHELL

Randi Mitchell is the Coordinator of Professional Development at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and had worked as a kindergarten teacher for the last five years. She will co-present with Tracie Snow.

FSDB Pineapple PD "Welcome Mat"

Social media has become one of the most informative platforms among parents, educators, and specialists in the field of education. Through this technology medium, schools have the potential to provide professional learning opportunities to individuals within their school, across the nation, and even internationally. The FSDB has developed a way to break down the walls of a school and enable teachers to share best practices from their classroom with peers, parents, and stakeholders. Participants will learn the nuts and bolts required to establish and maintain their own Social Media Professional Development initiative and discuss how they would be able to establish Professional Development opportunities using social media and technology tools.

JANE MULHOLLAND

Jane Mulholland is Chief Executive Officer, Planning for Student Success and Retired Administrator, Washington School for the Deaf. She serves as CEASD representative to the Common Ground Project.  She and Dr. Barbara Hecht will share Reflections on What Unites Us.

SUSAN NITTROUER

Susan Nittrouer has a Master's degree in Deaf Education from Smith College, and a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from the City University of New York, She is Professor and Chair of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida.

Promoting Language and Literacy in Deaf Children

The potential for children with hearing loss to develop spoken language and literacy skills commensurate with those of their normal-hearing peers has improved tremendously in recent years, but they continue to face risk of failing to reach their optimal abilities. Teachers and clinicians need to be aware of recent developments in our understanding of sensory impairments on language development, and that of the interconnections among various language skills in order to design interventions appropriately. This presentation will discuss three research findings that should influence intervention for best outcomes: 1) when it comes to the signal, all is better than some; 2) early is not early enough; and 3) language and literacy are symbiotic.

AMY NOVOTNY

Amy Novotny is the Director at Rocky Mountain Deaf School in Denver, CO. She obtained her master's in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University and completed the Administrators Leadership and Policy Studies program (ALPS) at the University of Colorado Denver. She will co-present with Susan Lane-Outlaw.

Demystifying Charter Schools

What are charter schools? This presentation is for anyone wanting to learn the basics about charter schools. This presentation will also address associated myths of charter schools by separating fact from fiction, and providing a quick overview of charter schools. The growing charter school movement will be discussed and will include different models and the roles they play in Deaf education. Finally, both presenters will describe their schools, and explain how their schools are similar to and different from each other.

OSCAR OCUTO

Oscar Ocuto is a FSDB graduate and a doctoral candidate in the Deaf Education program at Lamar University. Research interests include deaf children of hearing families and factors in the home environment that influence critical thinking development.

Chasing the "Why?" in Deaf Children

Research shows that communication between mother and child in early development stages is a predictor of later higher-order critical thinking development. For deaf children, communication between mother and child hinges on having an accessible language in the deaf child’s home language environment (HLE). There is a need to conceptualize the characteristics of a deaf child’s HLE; this qualitative study will use an in-home measurement to observe parent and child communication. Attendees will receive an overview of relationships between language and thought, family interaction strategies, and how these relationships pertain to a deaf child’s incidental learning opportunities within their HLE that influence their critical thinking development.

TERI OUELLETTE

Teri Ouellette, LSLS Cert AVEd, is President of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. She has degrees in Deaf Education and Early Childhood Education. She has worked with infants through graduate students, and is Past President of the LSL Academy Board. She will co-present with Kim Bianco Majeri.

All for Language Acquisition

A spotlight on the groundbreaking conversation Deaf Community had with the Deaf School, the OPTION School, professionals and parents to openly discuss concerns about language deprivation and whether or not it was an issue in Indiana. Clear roles, ground rules and respect for one another with biases and experiences led to an agreement that something needed to be done. Utilizing the LEAD-K template, the group started to envision a better future. These kind of discussions with ALL kinds of stakeholders at the table with Deaf people leading the conversations are essential in every state.

JEANNE GLIDDEN PRICKETT

 

Dr. Jeanne Glidden Prickett, is President of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine. FSDB is the host school for the CEASD 2018 Conference, working in collaboration with OPTION Schools for their Annual Meeting, and the National Outreach Conference. She will provide welcoming remarks on behalf of FSDB.

BARBARA RAIMONDO

Barbara Raimondo, Esq., is Executive Director of CEASD and a long-time advocate for the rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families. She has presented and written about numerous topics including early hearing detection and intervention, education, test equity, civil rights, family support, deaf-hearing partnerships, parent and deaf community involvement, and more. She will provide a CEASD Government Affairs Update just before the CEASD 2018 Business Meeting.

JEANNE REIS

Jeanne Reis, M.Ed., CIT, CT, MMP, is Director of The Center for Research and Training at The Learning Center for the Deaf. She served as an ASL expert for the Guidelines for Accessible Assessments Project, an 18-state coalition effort funded by USDOE.

ASL Assessment: Advancing Practice

In the past two decades, there has been increased research on, and understanding of, the linguistic properties of ASL and other signed languages, as well as broader understanding of methods for language assessment. This presentation will focus on these developments, including as an example the American Sign Language Assessment Instrument (ASLAI). Designed to track the yearly progression of ASL and English print literacy over time for students 4-18, the ASLAI has been conducted with over 1800 deaf students nationwide. Learning Outcomes: participants will be able to distinguish features of ASL that can be evaluated in language assessments and will understand recent developments related to bilingual language assessments. Reis will be accompanied by Mandy Houghton, Assistant Program Director, Center for Research and Training/TLC.

CYNTHIA ROBINSON

 

Cynthia S. Robinson, MEd, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd is Co-Director of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Jacksonville, where she has been for 20 years. She will provide welcoming remarks as well a present on Recruiting New Teachers with Laura Covello, Jamie Sepulveda, and Judy Sexton.

JEFF ROSEN

 

Jeff Rosen, Esq., is the General Counsel for Convo Communications, a deaf owned and operated provider of video interpreting and visual-based emergency and mass notification systems. Previously he served as Chairperson of the National Council on Disability, appointed by President Barack Obama.

Students to Entrepreneurs: Partnering with Deaf Businesses

The session will provide a brief overview of the growth in deaf businesses. Information will be shared about the opportunities for deaf schools to engage with deaf businesses. An active discussion will address challenges to deaf companies in doing business with deaf schools, such as state procurement requirements and strategies for deaf schools to engage with deaf businesses.

JOSEPH SANTINI

Joseph Santini, Ed.S., is Program Manager for CSD Learns, the online education system of Communication Service for the Deaf, and a former K-12 instructor. Currently a Ph.D. student at Gallaudet University, Santini’s research focuses on training for teachers in bilingual environments. He will co-present with Daniel Veit.

Equalizing the Playing Field: CSD Learns

Can online education address the challenges and questions awaiting our diverse Deaf community in the coming generation? In this workshop Joseph Santini discusses the experiences and research which led him to work with CSD and develop the innovative CSD Learns program, a free online education program for the Deaf community. Participants will be part of a dynamic discussion about historical changes and challenges with Deaf education, the benefits of online education, how it’s been used inside the Deaf community, what CSD offers through its current Learns program what we’ve learned through our ongoing work, and provide demonstrations of some of our courses and products. Participants will leave with ideas about how to incorporate online learning in their classrooms.

CSD Works Job Club: Improving Transition​

How can our community best handle the needs of Deaf students transitioning to work? With research showing a high rate of un- and under-employment in the Deaf community, what strategies are best employed to change this picture? We discuss the process of creating the Job Club pilot for the CSD Works program.

JAMIE SEPULVEDA

Jamie Sepulveda is the Outreach Coordinator at Desert Voices in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She will present with Laura Covello, Cynthia Robinson, and Judy Sexton on Recruiting New Teachers.

JOHN SERRANO

John A. Serrano is a Board Member of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf and Superintendent of the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf in Georgia. He is Chair of the CEASD Diversity Committee, and will present on the committee’s work.

JUDY SEXTON

Judy Sexton, MS, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, is the Director of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Philadelphia. She will present with Laura Covello, Cynthia Robinson, and Jamie Sepulveda on Recruiting New Teachers.

GRACE SHIM

Grace Shim is Project Manager with Insyte Partners, providing support throughout her work to ensure there is a well-organized and documented rhythm and ritual to the process. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston. She will co-present with Marie McCormick and Liz Alperin Solms.

Expanding our Capacities for Listening and Conversation

At the heart of collaboration are two key competencies - the capacity to listen deeply – bringing curiosity and compassion to even the most challenging interactions—and the ability to have honest and open dialogue, putting aside voices of judgement, cynicism and fear. Based on Theory U, a framework developed at MIT for innovation and social change, this two-part session will build a shared vocabulary and strengthened capacity to lean in to the important questions facing educators of the deaf, within and across language modalities. This includes examining the way we think—our assumptions and mental models, the way we relate with one another, and our collective willingness to let go of the old so that new mindsets, relationships, collaborations, structures, and alliances can emerge.

UMA SOMAN

Uma Soman, PhD, LSLS Cert AVEd, is the Outreach Coordinator at Carle Auditory Oral School in Urbana, IL. She works with students who are DHH, families, and professionals. Her research focuses on academic and social outcomes of children who are DHH. She will present on Using LSL-DR for Program Evaluation and Improvement with Tamala Bradham and Betsy Brooks; she will also present with Betsy Brooks on Characterizing Program Outcomes using LSL-DR.

TRACIE SNOW

Tracie C. Snow is the Administrator of Instructional Services at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. She has been the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, a Reading Specialist, and a classroom teacher during her 22 years tenure at FSDB.  She will co-present with Randi Mitchell.

FSDB Pineapple PD "Welcome Mat"

Social Media has become one of the most informative platforms among parents, educators, and specialist in the field of education. Through this technology medium, schools have the potential to provide professional learning opportunities to individuals within their school, across the nation, and even internationally. The FSDB has developed a way to break down the walls of a school and enable teachers to share best practices from their classroom with peers, parents, and stakeholders. Participants will learn the nuts and bolts required to establish and maintain their own Social Media Professional Development initiative and discuss how they would be able to establish Professional Development opportunities using social media and technology tools.

KEVIN SYMONS

A Senior Associate at Mackey Mitchell Architects, Kevin Symons graduated from Illinois School for the Deaf and NTID/RIT.  Current Advisory Board President at Missouri School for the Deaf, he enjoys educating young Deaf students about careers in design. He will co-present with Marcus Adrian.

Universal Design for Deaf Education

Along with their communication approaches, CEASD and OPTION schools have evolved different approaches to shaping their buildings and classrooms, around the sense each one prioritizes for communication – vision or hearing. In our first 10 min, we will share design strategies we used to design multiple schools for both CEASD and OPTION campuses, acknowledging the differences but focusing on the similarities. Next, we will break into mixed groups. Attendees will share problems, ideas and best practices from their own school’s context. We reconvene for a 15-min. plenary, to explore how we can combine ideas into a more universal design approach, to create schools that respond to a fuller range of sensory abilities, allowing more kids to succeed.

CHRISTEN SZYMANSKI

Christen A. Szymanski, Ph.D. is a trained Clinical Psychologist who currently works at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School in Washington DC. She specializes in treatment and interventions for children with developmental and behavioral disorders.

Retro Yet Critical Needs of Deaf Students

This session will encourage members of the audience to rethink how we envision the critical needs of deaf children. By examining current research and practices, and reviewing the retro experiences, beliefs, myths, and practices of the past we can better envision the future. When combined we are faced with a very real reality- meeting the needs of our deaf students, their families and the teachers and staff that work with them is an urgent crisis that requires us all to work together collaboratively. Key research related to early child development, psycho-social development and learning trajectories of deaf children and how they may impact their needs in the classroom will be reviewed. 

JAMES TUCKER

James E. Tucker is in his 26th year as Superintendent of the Maryland School for the Deaf, and served President of CEASD during 2006-2008 and 2014-2016.  He will co-present on CEASD Schools (two-part session) with Joseph Fischgrund.

10 Principles of Educational Leadership

The presenter will outline ten principles of successful leadership uniformly found in the K-12 field. The presenter will also give examples and personal anecdotes for each principle. The objective of this presentation is to inspire conference participants to reflect on their own leadership styles and principles, and perhaps to develop new principles.

CEASD Schools: Future Teacher Needs

Results of a 2018 survey of CEASD schools are presented, including the demographic profile of current teachers, the number of teachers retiring in the next four years and the number and characteristics of teachers needed at schools for the deaf in the future. The data is compared to two previous studies, indicating the changing nature of skills needed by teachers of the deaf.

DANIEL VEIT

 

Daniel P. Veit, MS, is Program Manager for CSD Works, a national initiative of the Communication Service for the Deaf that addresses multiple factors behind employment challenges impacting DHH people. Daniel has over 17 years’ experience in the fields of career and technical education services, and transition planning. He will co-present with Joseph Santini. 

 

Equalizing the Playing Field: CSD Learns

Can online education address the challenges and questions awaiting our diverse Deaf community in the coming generation? In this workshop Joseph Santini discusses the experiences and research which led him to work with CSD and develop the innovative CSD Learns program, a free online education program for the Deaf community. Participants will be part of a dynamic discussion about historical changes and challenges with Deaf education, the benefits of online education, how it’s been used inside the Deaf community, what CSD offers through its current Learns program what we’ve learned through our ongoing work, and provide demonstrations of some of our courses and products. Participants will leave with ideas about how to incorporate online learning in their classrooms.

CSD Works Job Club: Improving Transition​

How can our community best handle the needs of Deaf students transitioning to work? With research showing a high rate of un- and under-employment in the Deaf community, what strategies are best employed to change this picture? We discuss the process of creating the Job Club pilot for the CSD Works program.

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