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The program for the 7th annual American Sign Language Roundtable hosted by the Delaware School for the Deaf in partnership with GURC-South. November 6-8, 2013


  • Welcome to the 7th Annual

    American Sign Language


    Hosted by

    Delaware School for the Deaf

    Newark, DE

    November 6-8, 2013

    With the support of

    Delaware Statewide Programs Association


    Gallaudet University Regional Center


  • Welcome to Delaware!

    A Message from the Director of DE Statewide Programs for Deaf,

    Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Students:

    Greetings !

    All of us here are pleased to welcome you to the Delaware School for the

    Deaf. As part of the Statewide Programs for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-

    Blind children, DSD prides itself on supporting educational opportunities for

    children that focus on their becoming balanced bilingual individuals. It also

    strives to become a resource for individuals in the area regarding educating

    families and children with hearing loss. A cornerstone to both of these goals is

    the competency and fluency of instructors of American Sign Language. ASLRT

    is reputed to be an incubator of cutting edge ideas and professional practice in

    the field of teaching ASL. We welcome you to our LITTLE state and hope you

    leave here with BIG ideas !

    Dr. Della Thomas

    Scan this QR code to see a video about DSD!

  • A Message from Delaware School for the Deafs School Leader for K-12:

    On behalf of the staff and students at the Delaware School for the Deaf, I welcome

    you to Newark (and DSD) for the 7th Annual ASL Roundtable. I thank GURC

    Southeast, DE Statewide Programs Association, and Karen Martin along with her

    committee for planning this event. We are hoping you find all the workshops

    informative and the opportunity to share ideas beneficial. I know as educators we

    are always on the lookout for new innovative ideas so if you wish to observe/visit

    any classes, please dont hesitate to ask. Welcome to DSD!

    Marianne Belsky

    Welcome to DSD!

    7th Annual ASLRT Planning Committee

    From Left to Right: Marianne Belsky, Lauren Sforza, Katy Reinhold, Della Thomas, Laurie Kettle-Rivera, Daphne Werner, Mary

    Hicks, Candy Yoder, Jeanne Evans, Karen Martin, Roger Phipps, Emily Wise, Kristin Kellett, Eva Hartmann, Kathy Shea, Matthew

    Bezaire, Richard Pelletier, Dan Foley, Nicole Laszczynski, Kathi Riley Not pictured: Tara Kelly, Christy Myhren & Valerie Ward

    THANK YOU to the DSD Blue Hawks who worked so hard to bring it all together for this,

    the 7th Annual American Sign Language Roundtable, here at the

    Delaware School for the Deaf!

  • 2013 ASLRT Presenters

    M. Diane Clark earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 1985 with a specialization in cognitive developmental psychology. She has published three edited volumes (with Marc Marschark) and is involved with the NSF funded Science of Learning Center on Visual Languages and Visual Learning at Gallau-det University (VL2), since its inception, focusing on the integration of research and education. In addition, Dr. Clark has published articles related to deaf individuals memory and how they become skilled readers. She has recently pub-lished the Visual Communication and Sign Language Check-list with Laurene Simms and Sharon Baker as well as the Beliefs and Attitudes about Deafness Scale with Sharon

    Baker, Tom Allen, and Song Hou Chen.

    Dr. Melissa Herzig is the Education and Research Translation Manager for VL2 and Associate Director for Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience program at Gallaudet University. She is responsible for leading assess-ments and evaluations of resources within VL2 and for work-ing with schools. Her role is to facilitate two-way communi-cation between researchers and educators. She co-founded the new interdisciplinary PhD program in Educational Neurosci-ence (PEN). She earned her bachelors in Biology at Gallaudet University and her masters in ASL-English Bilingual Educa-tion and doctorate degrees in Teaching and Learning at Uni-versity of California, San Diego (UCSD). She worked at Salk Institute and San Diego State University as Scholar Research-er and was a postdoc at UCSD. She was also a teacher at a mainstreamed school for 8 years. She worked as a supervisor for student teachers at UCSD and was a lead supervisor for student teachers and interns at National University (NU). Her areas of interest are in ASL/English bilingualism, literacy, and reading motivation. She also is a part of the K-12 ASL

    Standards Development Team.

    Todd Czubek is finishing his PhD studies in Applied Linguistics at Boston University. He has served as project coordinator for Office of Special Education Research and Institute for Educational Sciences grants designed to improve teaching and to describe the implications of ASL proficiency for Deaf childrens academic achievement. While working on his dissertation (studying discourse proficiencies in American Sign Language and their impli-cations for academic success and second language development) he maintains the role of instructor in Boston Universitys Programs in Deaf Studies. Todds interests also include exploring how the modal-ity and affordances of ASL, and ASL Literacy, can contribute to rethinking texts, composition, genre, and academic programming for

    Deaf children.

    Dr. Patrick Boudreault received his Ph.D in educational psychology from University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, M.Sc. in Communication Sciences & Disorders from McGill Univer-sity, Montreal, and B.A. in Linguistics from Universit du Qubec Montral, He is a native signer of Langue des Signes Qubcoise (LSQ), and fluent in American Sign Language, French, English. He is currently a visiting professor in the Graduate School at Gallaudet University. In addition, he is also a co-principal investigator on a federally funded grant from NIH ( on implementing Cancer Genetics Education in ASL on-line to increase the Deaf communitys access to culturally and linguistically appro-priate materials conjointly with Dr. Palmer of University of Califor-nia, Los Angeles. His areas of academic interest are language assess-ment such as developing and implementing various signed language psychometric assessment tools, American Sign Language, Deaf in-terpreting with multiple signed languages, with semi-lingual individ-

    uals, translation, and academic visual-media production.

    Dr. Charlotte Enns is a Professor at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Education. Her research is focused on language and

    literacy development in deaf children.

    Kyra Zimmer is a graduate student at the University of Manitoba, and currently taking courses at Gallaudet University. She is also an instructor in the ASL/English Interpreter Program at Red River Col-

    lege in Winnipeg, MB.

  • Dr. Chris Kurz is an associate professor for the Master of Science in Secondary Education for Students Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He has 16 years of extensive experience in mathematics and science teaching in K-12 and postsecondary education. With expertise in mathematics educa-tion, ASL in STEM, and deaf history, he has published papers, made numerous presentations, conducted workshops and devel-oped educational media materials for K-12 teachers of the deaf. His research interests include ASL discourse in STEM class-rooms; ASL in Instructional Delivery for Subject Contents; and shared screen technological software programming for instruc-

    tion and information proximity.

    Karen Martin, born and raised in the state of Delaware, is a Bilingual Literacy Specialist at the Delaware School for the Deaf. She earned her undergraduate degree in K-12 Deaf Education from Trenton State College in 1991, and her graduate degree in Elementary Deaf Education with a special focus on literacy development from Western Maryland College in 1999. Karen has worked at the Delaware School for the Deaf since 1991. She has been a Bilingual Literacy Specialist since 2000; before that she taught 1st/2nd Grade, Preschool, and was a Resident Advisor in the dorm for Middle School boys. In the spring of 2012, Karen published an article in Odyssey Magazine, entitled In Search of Best Practice: A Professional Journey. In addition to working as a Bilingual Literacy Specialist at DSD, Karen teaches during the summers in McDaniel Colleges Grad-uate Program in Bilingual Deaf Education and serves as a bilin-gual literacy consultant and trainer for other programs for the

    deaf. She is the site coordinator of this years ASL Roundtable.

    Marianne Belsky is the K-12 School Lead-er at the Delaware School for the Deaf. She earned her under-graduate (Elementary Education) and education specialist (Change Leadership) degrees at Gallaudet University in 1987 and 2011 respectively. Her graduate degree in Deaf Education was obtained at Western Maryland College in 1990. Marianne taught for a total of nineteen years at three programs: Kendall Demonstration Elementary School, Dearborn, MI public schools, and lastly at the Delaware School for the Deaf. She served two years as the Administrative Designee of the Secondary Depart-ment before becoming the K-12 School Leader - a position she

    has held for the past 2 years.

    Janet S. Weinstock is entering her 33rd year at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center in Washington, DC. She is currently the K-12 literacy/language arts content specialist. She taught ASL/English and Deaf Studies courses to students of diverse backgrounds at MSSD. As a pre-school teacher-researcher at Kendall, Weinstock participated in the Signs of Literacy project. She served as grade 1-5 lead teach-er. She leads the ASL Content Standards and Benchmarks action plan committee working with a group that focuses on the devel-opment of research-based standards. Since 1985, Weinstock has developed and conducted a variety of workshops and presenta-tions. She taught a variety of courses at Gallaudet University and Western Maryland College. She and her husband are parents of

    two adult Deaf sons, one of whom has Aspergers Syndrome.

    Tawny Holmes is an Equal Justice Work Fellow sponsored by Bingham McCutcheon, LLP. For the fellow-ship, she will spend two years as a staff attorney at the NAD, focusing on the legal rights of deaf children to an equal education including training and education for parents. She is the chair of the Education Strategy Team and coordinator of the Educational Advocates program for the NAD. Tawny recently graduated from the University of Baltimore Law school and during law school, she was a family educator at the Maryland School for the Deaf-Columbia. Before that, she earned her M.A. in Deaf Education and bachelors' degrees in Deaf Studies/Sociology from Gallaudet University and gained experience in teaching all grade levels at the National Laurent Clerc Center. Tawny grew up in the South with a third-generation Deaf family in south Florida and graduat-ed from the Alabama School for the Deaf. Tawny is passionate about volunteering, and has done so for NAD for over 15 years, starting with her days as a Jr. NAD leader and includes her time as the Youth Strategy Team Chair from 2008-2012. She is also the proud godmother of Avant (10), and Leilani (7), who current-

    ly attend the Illinois School for the Deaf.

  • 2013 ASLRT Presenters, contd

    Petra Horn-Marsh, PhD graduated with a BA in Secondary Education and History from Gallaudet Uni-versity, a MA in History from Utah State University, a PhD in Sociology from Utah State University, and completed a Deaf Education certification program at the University of Kansas. She is currently an Early Childhood/Elementary School Princi-pal as well as an AEBPD bilingual mentor at the Kansas State School for the Deaf in Olathe, Kansas, in her 10th year at KSD. Before that, she was a Bilingual Specialist and also an AEBPD lead mentor for CAEBER. She served as a school administrator at Jean Massieu School of the Deaf, a bilingual charter school in Riverton, Utah, for a year, and at California School for the Deaf, Riverside for a year and a half prior to coming to KSD. She also has been teaching a variety of American Sign Lan-guage and Deaf Culture courses for 20+ years. She is Deaf with two Deaf children and 3 hearing children. Finally, she co-wrote an article, "Bilingual Students Publish Works in ASL and Eng-lish", with Kester Horn-Marsh in the spring 2009 issue of the Odyssey magazine. In Fall 2012, Petra and Kester were the

    co-chairpersons of the ASLRT hosted at KSD.

    Kester L. Horn-Marsh received a BA in English education from Avila University and an MA in Deaf Education from the University of Kansas. He was a high school language arts teacher at the Kansas State School for the Deaf in Olathe, Kansas for 7 years before becoming the Bilin-gual Specialist. He is also an AEBPD bilingual mentor in his eighth year at KSD. He taught ASL courses in the foreign lan-guage department in Lawrence public schools for 7 years prior to KSD as well as at the University of Kansas for four years. He is also a freelance interpreter and works for Sorenson as a video relay interpreter. He is an OCODA with two Deaf children and 3 hearing children. Finally, he co-wrote an article, "Bilingual Students Publish Works in ASL and English", with Petra Horn-

    Marsh in the spring 2009 issue of the Odyssey magazine.

    Wanda Riddle is a faculty member of the Department of ASL/Deaf Studies at Gallaudet Universi-ty. She received a BA degree in ASL Studies, and two Masters degrees in Sign Language Teaching Concentration and in Linguis-tics, all from Gallaudet University. Ms. Riddle is currently pursu-ing a doctoral degree in Critical Studies in Education of Deaf Learners at Gallaudet. Additionally, Ms. Riddle has done several ASL translations for research test: for Francois Grosjeans article titled, "The right of deaf child to grow up bilingual" on Deaf Stud-ies Digital Journal (DSDJ); and for other ASL materials (such as Master ASL, published by Jason Zinza). Outside of her working and studying hours, Ms. Wanda Riddle enjoys gardening, travel-

    ing, camping, hiking and the outdoors.

    Dr. Mark M. Rust hails from Mil-waukee, WI, and is currently the Coordinator of the Deaf Educa-tion Bilingual program at McDaniel College. After teaching at the Maryland School for the Deaf (Frederick) for 22 years, he made the switch to higher education and has been the Coordinator of McDaniels Program for the past 11 years. Mark is involved in establishing an ASL Certification teaching degree for the state of Maryland as well as working with the Dominican Republic Spe-cial Education office in improving their educational delivery sys-tem for Deaf children. Mark began his three-year term as Presi-dent-Elect for the American College Educators for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing this past February and is program chair for the

    next conference held at Gallaudet University in February 2014.

  • 4:15pm Shuttles run from hotels to DSD

    4:30pm Conference Registration opens (at DSD)

    5:00-6:00pm Social Hour: Heavy appetizers, networking


    Opening Remarks : Dr. Della Thomas

    Imagine! Inspire! Ignite!

    Research Updates from VL2

    Dr. Diane Clark and Dr. Melissa Herzig

    7:30-8:00pm Housekeeping

    8:00-8:30pm Shuttles back to hotels

    Program: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    Dr. Amy Hile joined the Department of Education as a faculty member at Gallaudet University in Au-gust 2006. Originally from Minnesota (Twin Cities area), Dr. Hile taught at the elementary level at the Metro Deaf School MDS), the nations first deaf ASL/English bilingual charter school, in Saint Paul, MN from 1993 to 2000. Dr. Hile received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. Her doctoral studies center around the areas of ASL Develop-ment/Acquisition, fingerspelling, and K-12 ASL/English bilin-

    gual education.

    Dr. Genie Gertz is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Gallaudet University, a liberal arts uni-versity in Washington, DC. In this role, she oversees eight aca-demic departments and two academic programs. She serves as a member of the universitys Academic Affairs Management Team and the Presidents Cabinet. Genie Gertz was previously Dean of the Deaf Studies Division at Ohlone College in Fremont, California, and a faculty member in the Department of

    Deaf Studies at California State University at Northridge.

    Genie Gertz earned a bachelors degree in communication arts from Gallaudet, a masters degree in human resources manage-ment and organizational development in higher education from New York University, and a doctorate from UCLA in cultural studies within education, with a concentration in racial and eth-

    nic studies.

    Genie Gertz has presented nationally and internationally, and has served on the governing boards of Deaf Women United and the

    National Association of the Deaf.

  • 7:15am Shuttles run from hotels to DSD

    7:30-8:45 Conference Registration (at DSD)

    7:30-8:30 Breakfast served

    8:30-8:45 Housekeeping

    Opening Remarks:

    Welcome to ASLRT! From the ASLRT Steering Committee

    Welcome to DSD! From Ms. Marianne Belsky, School Leader

    8:45-10:15 Morning Session:

    Apprenticeships to Patterns: Linguistically Dense Texts

    Todd Czubek, Boston University

    10:15-11:15 Workshop:

    Academic ASL for STEM Content

    Dr. Christopher Kurz, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

    11:15-11:30 Break (refreshments in the cafeteria)

    11:30-12:30 Workshop:

    Setting Up an ASL Workshop and Using the ASL Scale of Development

    in Your Classroom

    Dr. Melissa Herzig, VL2


    Lunch & Networking

    DSD Tours: 1:00

    1:30-1:45 Group Picture!

    Program: Thursday, November 7, 2013 AM

  • Program: Thursday, November 7, 2013 PM

    1:45-2:45 Workshop: The American Sign Language Receptive Skills Test

    Dr. Patrick Boudreault, Gallaudet University (presenter)

    Dr. Charlotte Enns, University of Manitoba

    Kyra Zimmer, student of graduate studies: University of Manitoba /

    Gallaudet University

    2:45-3:45 Workshop:

    ASL Instruction and Assessment in the Time of the Common Core State


    Karen Martin and Marianne Belsky, DSD

    3:45-4:00 Break (refreshments in the cafeteria)

    4:00-4:15 Update: ASL Standards for K-12

    Janet Weinstock, Clerc Center

    4:15-5:15 Workshop:

    VL2s Translational Products

    Melissa Herzig, VL2

    5:15-5:30 Update: NAD Education Strategy Team / Educational Advocates

    Tawny Holmes, National Association of the Deaf

    5:30-7:30 Networking! (refreshments in the cafeteria you are welcome to take over the cafeteria and show off what youre doing at your school to your







    Shuttle runs from DSD to hotels

    Shuttle runs from hotels to Main Street

    Shuttle runs from DSD to Main Street / from DSD to hotels

    Shuttle runs from Main Street to hotels

    Shuttle runs from Main Street to hotels (last pick-up)

  • Thursday Night Out!

    Shuttles will run to Newarks famous

    Main Street in the heart of the

    University of Delaware!


    Shopping! Historic Sites!

  • 7:45am Shuttles run from hotels to DSD

    8:00-9:00 Breakfast served

    9:00-9:15 Housekeeping

    9:15-10:45 Morning Session:

    Imagine: Inspired by Seeds of Language: Dx and Rx for Language

    Deprivation and Disorders are Ignited

    Dr. Petra Horn-Marsh and Kester Horn-Marsh, KSD

    10:45-11:00 Break (refreshments in the cafeteria)

    11:00-12:00 Workshop:

    The Critical Relationship Between Language Acquisition of Deaf Children

    and Theory of Mind

    Wanda Riddle, Gallaudet University

    12:00-1:15 Lunch/Networking

    DSD Tours: 12:45

    ASLRT Steering Committee Meeting & Work Group:

    ASLRT : Next Steps

    Dr. Genie Gertz, Gallaudet University

    Dr. Amy Hile, Gallaudet University

    Dr. Mark Rust, McDaniel College


    3:30-4:00 Closing Remarks / Housekeeping

    ASLRT EVALUATIONS: How to complete the evaluation and get your

    certificate of attendance / access to presenters materials

    Program: Friday, November 8, 2013

  • Presentation Abstracts

    Thursday Apprenticeships to Patterns: Linguistically Dense Texts (Todd Czubek, Boston University)

    This presentation will focus on:

    How we can better understand the important role of creative American Sign Language texts in programming for Deaf


    Exploring the implication of dense ASL texts in the development of working memory (especially as it applies recalling,

    comprehending and predicting).

    Recognizing a unique opportunity to apply innovative instructional approaches designed for visual (Deaf) learners.

    (We will close with time for applications and group work)

    Showing how limited notions about modality, meta-linguistic abilities and linguistic density contribute to inequalities in

    outcomes in Deaf children (especially related to working memory, as well as literacy skills).

    Exploring the possibilities of action research, recognizing how evidence of varying types can be used for tackling some of the

    persisting issues around Deaf under-achievement and illuminating innovative resolutions.

    Ultimately, the goal of this presentation is to illuminate many theoretical and practical ideas that can help us re-think assumptions

    Academic ASL for STEM Content (Dr. Christopher Kurz, National Technical Institute for the Deaf)

    This presentation is specifically designed to discuss issues for presenting K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) material in and through ASL. Its likely you will work with elementary teachers who may not have sufficient training in Academic ASL for STEM contents. Strategies to enhance ASL instructional delivery by the teachers to their students in order to help them grasp abstract STEM concepts effectively will be shared. Lastly, the presentation will also discuss multiple issues about

    the use of ASL as part of Common Core Learning Standards STEM-related testing accommodations.

    Setting Up an ASL Workshop and Using the ASL Scale of Development in Your Classroom (Dr. Melissa Herzig, VL2 at

    Gallaudet University)

    Dr. Herzig will share tips on how to establish an ASL Workshop in your classrooms. Through the ASL Workshop, the students go through a process similar to writers workshop when they create their ASL stories. An overview of the ASL Scale of Development Assessment Tool will be also shared during this seminar. The ASL Workshop was field tested at a school for the deaf, and ASL Scale of Development field-tested with the graduate students and cooperating teachers from the Educational Studies Program at

    University of California, San Diego.

    Wednesday VL2: Research Updates (Dr. Diane Clark and Dr. Melissa Herzig, VL2Gallaudet University)

    In the past eight years, the National Science Foundations Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) has made some

    key findings that will revolutionize the way we think about the role ASL has in childrens lives. Dr. Herzig will share an overview

    of our research discoveries, three main themes that emerged, and the implications they have in our society and our schools.

    Dr. Diane Clark will share an overview of the ASL Assessment Checklist that her team developed (Drs. Simms, Baker and Clark),

    based on this current research.

  • Thursday, contd The American Sign Language Receptive Skills Test (Dr. Patrick Boudreault, Gallaudet University)

    In order to monitor the success of bilingual deaf education programs, and in particular to monitor the progress of children acquiring signed language, it is essential to develop assessment tools of signed language skills. Although researchers have developed some checklists and experimental tests related to American Sign Language assessment, the American Sign Language Receptive Skills Test (ASL RST) is the first standardized measure of ASL. This presentation will discuss the process of developing, pilot testing, and standardizing the ASL RST. This test was adapted from the Assessing British Sign Language Development: Receptive Skills Test (Herman, Holmes & Woll, 1999) and was developed to measure the understanding of ASL grammar in children aged 3 to 12 years. The ASL RST includes a vocabulary check of 20 words, three practice items, and a total of 42 test items. Eight grammatical catego-ries are assessed through these items, including negation, number/distribution, noun/verb distinction, spatial verbs (location and movement), size/shape specifiers, handling classifiers, role shift, and conditionals. The presentation will discuss the adaptation pro-cess, results of item analysis from the pilot testing process, and give a demonstration of the test procedures. The results of recent

    normative testing with over 200 children will also be outlined.

    ASL Instruction & Assessment in the Time of the Common Core State Standards

    (Karen Martin & Marianne Belsky, Delaware School for the Deaf)

    The Delaware School for the Deaf is a Bilingual School for Deaf/HOH children throughout the small state of Delaware. We are in a unique position as a school for the deaf in many ways: we function under the jurisdiction of a local school district; Delaware does not have a large Deaf Community; the area does not typically attract culturally Deaf professionals; and the large majority (109 out of 116 total) of our students come from hearing families and are the very first deaf individuals their families have ever met. As a member of the local school district, we must follow their curriculum initiatives. As a school for deaf /HOH children with very few natural peer language models, we must purposefully create environments and contexts in which we can provide for ASL acquisition and learning. This year, full implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is occurring. How does a small bilin-gual school for deaf/HOH children teach and assess ASL in this time of the CCSS? At DSD, we have structures in place to help ensure that we continue to address ASL as our students primary language. During this session, we will share those structures for instruction and assessment: the overall plan for ASL instruction and assessment for the entire school, as well as specific examples from each level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, & 9-12), and the impact theyve had on our assessment results. We will also share ways we are

    processing the changes in instructional approaches in light of the new CCSS.

    Update on the ASL Standards for K-12 (Janet Weinstock, Clerc Center)

    Work continues on the ASL standards and benchmarks. The development of research based standards for the first time is much more complex than we ever imagined. We recognize the importance of this work and the strong need among educators and fami-lies and while they won't be ready for the round table, the Clerc Center remains committed to the completion of research-based, rigorous, high-quality standards. We also know the investment of time and resources is necessary to achieve the desired result and

    will be well worth it in the long run. As of now we anticipate that work will continue through 2014.

    Exciting Translational Products Updates from Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2)!

    (Dr. Melissa Herzig, VL2 at Gallaudet University)

    The National Science Foundations Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2), a Science of Learning Center at Gal-laudet University, have been working on many exciting research and projects. At this interactive seminar, VL2 will be sharing up-dates about our products, current projects and future goals. Specifically, I will share more information about VL2 Storybook Apps,

    Parent Package, and ASL Toolkit. At this interactive session, participants feedback and input are welcome!!

    Updates on National Association of the Deaf Initiatives: Education Strategy Team and Educational Advocates

    Tawny Holmes, National Association of the Deaf

    In the past three years, members of the National Association of the Deaf have specifically made ASL-English bilingualism and promotion of ASL standards priorities of NAD which we have been working on. To assist us in this effort, we have established a national Education Strategy Team and a Educational Advocates program because we believe strongly in collaboration and working

    with the community. This presentation will tell you more about those efforts and update you on our progress to date!

    Presentation Abstracts

  • Presentation Abstracts


    Imagine: Inspired by Seeds of Language: Dx and Rx for Language Deprivation and Disorders are Ignited

    (Dr. Petra Horn-Marsh and Kester Horn-Marsh, Kansas School for the Deaf)

    Imagine seeing deaf and hard of hearing students having early access to language needed for academic readiness and learning in a

    cognitively demanding and decontextualized classroom. Inspired by case studies of several deaf students representative of those

    with early access to language, language delays and or deprivation are identified through diagnostic assessments. They illuminate

    the adverse effect of late access to language on deaf students learning as well as language development, sometimes resulting in

    primary and/or secondary language disorder. Kansas School for the Deaf takes the responsibility to accommodate the prescriptive

    needs of deaf childrens language development based on their cognitive abilities by igniting the provision of various services.

    The Critical Relationship Between Language Acquisition of Deaf Children and Theory of Mind

    (Wanda Riddle, Gallaudet University)

    This workshop presents a brief overview of critical relationship between the critical period in sign language acquisition and Theory of Mind. Cognition in deaf children boosts at early sign language exposure. It is essential to incorporate Theory of Mind skills in

    teaching that promotes deaf childrens cognitive abilities and language development. Group activity included.

    ASL Roundtable: Next Steps (Steering Committee Meeting & Workgroup)

    (Dr. Amy Hile, Gallaudet University; Dr. Genie Gertz, Gallaudet University; Dr. Mark Rust, McDaniel College)

    Results from the surveys collected (from the participants who attended the ASLRT in Kansas last year) will be shared with the cur-

    rent participants. During the workgroup, the following will be discussed:

    Determining next steps for ASLRT based on information and recommendations drawn from the survey results, and

    the professionalization of ASL education for K-12 L1 learners.

    Open during lunch and

    Networking hours

    Be sure to check out the

    Sterck/DSD Museum!

    Room 301

  • Sponsors

    Several organizations provided support through donations of materials; manpower

    (and woman-power); time; in-kind services; and organizational help for the

    ASL Roundtable this year. Many thanks!!

    Special THANKS to Gallaudet University Regional Center, Southeast (Karen Sheffer); Delaware Statewide Programs

    Association (Kathy Shea); and the ASL Roundtable Steering Committee Members (Genie Gertz and Amy Hile) who worked in

    collaboration with DSD to make this ASLRT possible!

    Conference Evaluation

    In order to receive your certificate of attendance and access to the

    presenters materials, you will need to complete an Evaluation of the

    7th Annual ASL Roundtable through SurveyMonkey.

    At the conclusion of the conference, you will be sent a link to the evaluation. Once

    complete, you will receive an email with your certificate attached, along with

    instructions on how to access the conference materials .

    Safe travels homewe hope you enjoyed your time in the First State!

    Delaware School for the Deaf

  • If youre still in town Friday evening catch an

    ASL Film at DSD!!

    Hosted by the

    Delaware Association of the Deaf (DAD) &

    the Deaf Historical Society of Delaware

    Friday, November 8th

    DSD Auditorium, 7:00pm

    Admission: $11.00

    (Tickets can be purchased at the door)

    Contact Joe Drexler for more info -

    Proceeds benefit DAD and the Deaf Historical Society of Delaware