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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 open...