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The Seeds of Learning Conference Committee is excited to announce the workshop sessions being offered at our upcoming 2013 conference. Below is a list of workshops and presenters. You can also print the full list of workshops and presenters here.  Sessions are not in any specific order.  Strands are being created to offer something for everyone throughout the conference.

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Fostering Digital Citizenship
Program Description:
  People interact using technology on a daily basis.  Do your students understand their roles and responsibilities?  How can we as teachers, and parents help students become responsible digital citizens?
Presenter:  Michelle Sumner, Teacher with LA County Office of Education
Targeted Audience:  Teachers, Parents, Technology 


Bye Bye Bullies!
Program Description:
  Presenters will provide information regarding the implementation of preventive Character Education programs that, when implemented school wide, can reduce the amount of bullying behaviors seen in the school environment and create a school climate that is positive and safe for all.
Presenters:  Kelly Gunderson and Jennifer Jesser, School Counselors from CSDR
Targeted  Audiences:  Teachers, Administrators, Support Services, Family/Parents and Early Intervention 


Implementing the New Common Core Standards with DHH Students
Program Description:
  This presentation will introduce participants to the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts as they may be applied to DHH learners.  Strategies will be presented for developing the “listening and speaking” (receptive and expressive) language skills of a range of DHH students from elementary to secondary, including those with multiple disabilities. 
Presenters:  Rachel Friedman-Narr, Associate Professor at CSUN and Ellen Schneiderman, Professor at CSUN.
Targeted Audiences:  Teachers, Administrators, Itinerant, Parents, Multiple Disabilities 


Theory of Mind and Executive Functioning:  Key Skills for DHH Students of All Ages
Program Description:
  What are Theory of Mind and Executive Functioning, and why are they so critical to DHH literacy?  How can these critical skills be developed in infancy and beyond?
Presenters:  Nancy Sager, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Consultant with the California Department of Education and Sarah Buhre, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist with the Contra Costa County Office of Education
Targeted Audiences:   Teachers, Family/Parents and Early Intervention 


Using Therapy Dogs in the Classroom to Support Bilingual Language Arts
Program Description:  Presentation covers how therapy dogs can assist students in reading, writing and ASL standards.  Includes how a program can be structured, the benefits and opportunities for participant interaction with a therapy dog.
Presenters:  Keila Classen, Teacher at CSDF and Lilian Fukuda, Registered Dog Handler
Targeted Audiences:  Teachers, Administrators, Support Services, Itinerant  


A Child’s Journey in Education Using a One page Profile
Program Description:
  A child’s educational journey can feel overwhelming to a parent as they interact with professionals.  The use of a ‘one page profile’ provides a parents with the opportunity to  highlight their child’s strengths, discuss concerns, and develop collaboration with their child’s IEP team.
Presenter:  Edith Wysinger, Parent Links-Parent Mentor
Targeted Audiences:  Teachers, Parents and Early Intervention


Transition Planning:  Where do we go from here?
Program Description:  Presentation will cover our responsibilities as it pertains to transition.  New data is available from CDE that allows us, those within the field of Deaf Education, to look at what the numbers look like for our graduates and students exiting Deaf Education state-wisde and whether we are preparing our students properly.
Presenter:  Nancylynn Ward, PhD., Special Education Consultant with the California Department of Education
Targeted Audiences:  Teachers, Administrators, Support Services, Itinerant, Parents 


iPads in the SDC and Mainstream Class
Program Description:
  An overview on how the presenter obtained 8 iPads for my classroom, how they are used in the Special Day Classroom, mainstream environment and with multiple handicapped students.  A list of useful application will be provided.
Presenter:  Jennifer Ratchel, DHH Teacher from Bakersfield
Targeted Audiences:  Teachers, Administrators, Itinerant, Special Needs and Technology 


Teaching English Articles Through ASL:  A Bilingual Approach
Program Description:
  In this workshop, participants will be shown a multimedia presentation with a variety of activities based on embedding ASL videos and English texts to teach English articles.
Presenter:  Campbell McDermid, PhD., Assistant Professor (NTID)
Targeted Audience:  Teachers 


Celebrating Learning Differences
Program Description:
  Everyone learns differently.  By better understanding (and celebrating!) individual differences, we can increase children’s self-esteem and improve their academic success.
Presenter:  Kelly Rain Collin is an educational consultant and advocate with Healthy Minds Consulting
Targeted Audience:  Teachers, Administrators, Parents/Family 


ASL Mnemonics:  Using Student-Developed Memory Strategies for Math
Program Description:
There is so much memorization in math (times tables; order of operations).  Hearing children are taught many memory tools (mnemonics) to help them remember. This workshop will present an ASL-based mnemonic strategy for use with deaf students to assist in the memorization of math operations.  The strategy was received enthusiastically by the students and was very effective in improving their math performance.  Example of the strategy and its use will be presented and demonstrated.
Presenter: Samantha Mullins, DHH Teacher at Marlton School for the Deaf, LAUSD
Targeted Audience:  Teachers 


Resource Guide for Parents and Infants and Toddlers Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Program Description:
  A parent committee established by the California Department of Education has developed the Parent Resource Guide, to help new parents understand how they are the primary providers of SEEDS OF LEARNING.  The Parent Resource Guide helps new parents understand the language opportunities, communication goals and educational philosophies available to them, with the goal of ensuring that little children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing acquire age appropriate linguistic, cognitive, and social skills that will help them succeed in kindergarten and beyond.  The Resource Guide will provides parents with numerous web resources, books, DVD’s , etc., to help them in making decisions about raising their children.
Presenter:  Nancy Grosz Sager, Consultant with the California Department of Education and Tony Ronco, a parent.
Targeted Audience:  Family/Parents, Teachers, Administrators and Early Intervention 


The Dream Act – Deferred Action for Undocumented Students
Program Description:
  The Dream Act allows for undocumented students to apply for deferred action and subsequently financial aid to attend college as well as obtain the right to employment. 
Presenter:  Judith Kroeger is a DHH Itinerant Teacher with San Jacinto Unified School District.
Targeted Audience:  Teachers, Parents/Family 


Creating the Message, Organizing the Message, Composing the Message.  Are we making progress with WRITING?
Program Description:
  The writing process is supposed to help our students move from generating ideas, to recording those ideas on paper in writing. Is it working for us? Are there barriers between the idea steps and the sentence steps? This workshop will take another look at the writing process and explore strategies to more effectively help students transition between prewriting and moving into English forms at the drafting stage.

Presenter:  Ellen Schneiderman, Ph.D, Professor and Coordinator of the DHH Teacher Credential Program at California State University, Northridge
Targeted Audience:  Teachers 


The Student American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary
Program Description:
  Presenter will be demonstrating how to develop and enhance vocabulary using the American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary.  Information on purchasing The Student American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary will be made available at the time of the presentation.
Presenter:  Elizabeth Gragg, Speech and Language Pathologist, Bakersfield
Targeted Audiences:  Teachers, Administrators, Support Services, Itinerant, Technology and Educational Interpreters 


Seeds of Knowledge, Kernels of Data:  The Variability of Outcomes for Children Using Cochlear Implants
Program Description:  A review of current research related to academic achievement, social/emotional development, and use of ASL for children who have cochlear implants.
Presenter:  Nan Barker, Deaf Education Faculty at California State University, Fresno
Targeted Audience:  Teachers, Administrators, Support Services, Itinerant, Family/Parents 


Beyond Apps:  Ways to Use iPad and Apps to Informally Assess Students with Multiple Disabilities
Program Description:
  A sequential approach for presenting the iPad to students with multiple disabilities will be described and how to use this sequential approach along with the inherent nature of the iPad itself, to conduct informal assessments of these students.
Presenters:  Cristi Saylor, DHH Itinerant Teacher and Gloria Rodriquez-Gil, Educational Specialist with California Deaf-Blind Services
Targeted Audiences:  Teachers, Support Services, Itinerant, Multiple Disabilities, Early Intervention 


Academic Achievement of Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Students:  Past, Present and ???
Program Description:
  Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students academic achievement has been consistently below hearing students.  That has not changed over the past 90 years.  Are we satisfied?
Presenter:  Esther Zawolkow, CODA and Co-Founder of the SEE Center for the Advancement of Deaf Children
Target Audiences:  Teachers, Itinerant, Administrators, Support Services, Parents, Interpreters, Audiology 


It’s a Brave New (Virtual) World
Program Description:
  Using online resources for professional development represents a significant shift in the learning environment.  The presenter will discuss using technology to deliver professional development to different types of stakeholders.
Presenter:  Cathy McLeod, Project Director of PepNet2
Targeted Audiences:  Support Services, Technology 

Academic Growth in Schools for the Deaf and Communication Plan for All Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: The Convergence of Educational Policy and Organizational Theory Program

Description:  This presentation introduces both a study on attaining academic growth through organizational adaptations and a communication plan as an IEP meeting tool for all DHH students.

Presenter:  Sean M. Virnig, Ph.D, Superintendent at California School for the Deaf, Fremont
Targeted Audience:  Teachers, Administrators, Itinerant, Technology 


“Transmitiendo Valores:  Cuentos & Relatos”
Program Description:
  The presentation, using a primarily humorous approach, explores some of the challenges facing Deaf Latino children particularly in the areas of academics, communication, transmission of values, unity of the family, and spirituality.  Additionally, the presenter provides numerous strategies and suggestions for overcoming challenges and barriers in raising a deaf or hard-of-hearing child in a Spanish-speaking home.
Presenter:  Tomas Garcia, PhD., Professor at  East Los Angeles College and Purple Communications
Targeted Audience:  Family/Parents 


Thinking Outside the Ear:  A New Approach to Audiology Services in Secondary Education
Program Description:
  This presentation will describe a unique approach to audiology services provided to Deaf and Hard of Hearing high school students that does not center on hearing technology use.
Presenter:  Mallorie Evans, M.A., FAAA, Educational Audiologist with LAUSD
Target Audiences:  Support Services, Audiology, Teachers, Parents 


Life Stories – Experiences of Deaf and Hard of Hearing College Students:  A Panel Discussion
Program Description:
  California State University, Northridge (CSUN) deaf and hard of hearing students’ life experiences will be explored through a panel of 4 or 5 Deaf or Hard of Hearing college students.  The panel of students will share their feelings, beliefs, hopes and concerns as individuals.  The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions they’ve always wanted to ask successful deaf and hard of hearing adults.
Presenter:  Robert Sidansky, Student Personnel Specialist at the National Center on Deafness (NCOD) at CSUN.
Target Audiences: Parents, Teachers, Administrators, Support Services, Itinerant, Educational Interpreters 


Technology Resources for Teachers of the Deaf
Program Description:
  This presentation will showcase some free and paid technology resources available to teachers for use in their classrooms.  Presentation will include Mouse Mischief, Camstasia Studio, EdHelper, Collaborize Classroom, Reading A-Z, Class Dojo and other great tools.  Participants are welcome to bring their own devices to view items shown in the presentation. 
Presenter:  Jolene Berg is a DHH Teacher with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Targeted Audience:  Teachers, Technology 


"Second Chance" - a film to be explored in counseling DHH students and their families
 Program Description: DHH students from Marlton School in Los Angeles produced an original short film (23 min), "Second Chance" based on their life experiences growing up in hearing families. It examines the relationship between a Mexican hearing family and their Deaf daughter - whose hunger for communication conflicts with her mother's ideas of raising a Deaf child. Counselors Jamila Guerrero-Cantor (LATTC) and Kelly Gunderson (CSDR) will elicit ideas and approaches to a multi-culturally competent framework in counseling DHH students and their families that address issues raised in the film.
Presenters:  Jamila Guerrero-Cantor, MA & Kelly Gunderson, M.A. 




Vicarious Trauma
Saturday Morning:  9:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Program Description:  This workshop will provide participants an understanding of vicarious trauma and how it impacts them emotionally, physically, financially, spiritually, and psychologically.  Participants will have information on the different types of silent stressors and the various ways to improve their self-care behaviors.    Through open dialogue and small group discussions, participants will learn from each other’s experiences and collectively brainstorm sound choices for their own self-care techniques, how to advocate for themselves and acknowledging the process of change that happens when they care for other people through their work.
Presenters:  Bonnie Gibson-Bydon, ASL Interpreter, RID: CI/CT, NAD V, ALSP and Amanda Somdal, Deaf Psychotherapist, LCSW.
Target Audienes:  Applicable to all strands; audiences 


Navigating K-12 for Sign Language Interpreters
Saturday Afternoon:  1:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Program Description:  Ever wonder about K-12 interpreting?  Now is your chance to develop a deeper understanding of the K-12 interpreting role!  Co-presented by a DHH Educator/Case manager and a seasoned K-12 Interpreter.  Attendees will learn and apply various strategies in order to balance workplace expectations with the Code of Professional Conduct.
Presenters:  Sarah Hopfer, Interpreter/Para-Educator, NAD IV, and Jayna Nastally, DHH Educator/Case Manager
Target Audiences:  Educational Interpreters, Teachers, Administrators 


The ABC’s of Behavior Assessment
Saturday Morning:  9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Program Description:  An informative and practical session designed to introduce the ABCs of behavior assessment.  We’ve all had students in our classrooms whose challenging behaviors have perplexed us.  Get tools for assessing the variables that contribute to those behaviors, practice using some of those tools and learn easy  interventions you can implement tomorrow to address common problem behaviors.
Presenter:   Rachel Knopf Woodward, Behavior Support Team Teacher with LAUSD
Target Audiences:  Teachers and Counselors 


Is Being Conceptual Accurate, Accurate Enough for the Educational Setting?
Saturday Late Afternoon:  4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Program Description:  What do Educational Interpreters (K-12) face in transmitting the teacher’s intended message?  Participants will be involved in discussions and hands-on activities to work on a typical actual classroom phrases and vocabulary
Presenter:  Dennis Davino, Director Life Skills Educational Advancement Program
Target Audiences:  Educational Interpreters, Teachers, Administrators, Support Services, Itinerant, Parents/Family, Audiology, Early Intervention


Si5s:  A Written System for ASL for DHH K-12 Students
Saturday Morning:  9:10 – 11:40 a.m.
Program Description:  This workshop will introduce si5s, a written system for ASL and explain how it can be used in the classroom.  Participants will learn basic elements of si5s including handshape, movement, and facial expressions.  The workshop will include hands-on activities and suggested ideas for incorporating si5s in classroom lessons.
Presenter:  Robert Arnold, ASL and Deaf Studies Professor at Mt. SanAntonio College and Nick Zerlentes, DHH Teacher.
Target Audiences:  Teachers, Administrators, Support Services, Family/Parents, Educational Interpreters and Early Intervention


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