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Workshops and Presenters

The Call to Action Conference Committee is excited to announce the workshop sessions being offered at our upcoming 2014 conference. Below is a list of tentative workshops and presenters. 

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**CEU's will be available for interpreters. Interpreters can pay a $20 fee (cash only) at the registration table during the conference.

 

Using Universal Design Principles to Improve Learning and Success: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in the STEM classroom


Program Description: During this presentation, participants will experience what it is like to be a deaf student in a mainstreamed class followed by a discussion on how Universal Design principles could be used to improve the instruction and learning in the class. Participants will also be given resources that support the principal of Universal Design.

Presenters: Natasha Kordus, Clinical Psychologist, California School for the Deaf, Riverside
Denise Hamilton, Family Education Coordinator, California School for the Deaf, Riverside

Target Audience: Educators

 

Using Video and Self-Assessments to Improve Reading


Program Description: Use video and Google Apps to make reading growth more personal for your students. See the needs of your diverse learners more clearly and help set student goals to raise their reading level. Google Apps are cross-platform so BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to experience firsthand. If you don’t have a Google account, please consider registering prior to the session at http://google.com.

Presenter: Jolene Berg, Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Target Audience: Educators 

 

Anti-Bias Education in an ASL/English Bilingual Early Childhood Program


Program Description: Hands-on activities, classroom experiences, and personal reflection guide participants in considering a classroom environment that rethinks biases and empowers children to embrace the belief that we are all different, we are all the same and we are all wonderful!

Presenters: Doralynn Folsé, ECE Principal, California School for the Deaf, Fremont
Maureen Yates, Parent-Infant Teacher, California School for the Deaf, Fremont
Danielle Saltzman, kindergarten teacher, California School for the Deaf, Fremont

Target Audience:  Educators, Parents, Administrators, Counselors, Early Interventionists, ASL Instructors, Advocates, Deaf Community

 

Early Start for Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing


Program Description: This presentation will discuss best practices in the provision of appropriate services for ALL infants and toddlers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, including those who have special needs.

Presenter: Nancy Grosz Sager, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs Consultant at the California Department of Education

Target Audience: All Audiences

 

A Literate Deaf Child Starts With YOU!


Program Description: The program, via a comprehensive presentation and panel discussion, examines the word “literacy” and explores “YOU” in the Deaf child’s literacy development process. Handouts with resources will be provided.

Presenters: Deborah O’ Willow, Director of Family Connections at DCARA
Tracy Husted, Family Advocate and Family Mentor

Target Audience: All Audiences

 

Comparison of IDEA, Section 504 and ADA


Program Description: Presenter will discuss the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and section 504, and how those laws interact with the public education system.

Presenter: Alice McGill, Deputy Director, NorCal Services for Deaf/HH

Target Audience:  Educators, Administrators, Advocates

Improving Access to STEM Education for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students: Critical resources for teachers, parents, students and employers


Program Description: NSF has established a national center of excellence, DeafTEC, at NTID. DeafTEC provides teachers resources on best instructional practices, students and parents information on STEM careers, and employers training on how to hire and successfully integrate D/HH graduates into the workforce. This presentation will highlight and share DeafTEC resources.

Presenters: Donna Lange, associate professor NTID, and director of the NSF Advanced Technology Education center, DeafTEC
Myra Pelz, associate professor NTID, and co-principal investigator on the NSF Advanced Technology Education center, DeafTEC
Gary Long, associate professor and Senior Advisor to the President on Research at NTID

Target Audience: All Audiences

Language ≠ Communication: Why We Should Be Concerned


Program Description: There’s a difference between language and communication. We need to know what the differences are when engaging in discourse with parents, Deaf adults, and professionals. We will go over the list of unacceptable phrases and suggested substitutions so we all are on the same page especially when talking about language acquisition and development for Deaf children 0-3 years old.

Presenter: Marla Hatrak, Co-Chair, CA Stakeholders for ASL & English

Target Audience: All Audiences

 

"Watering the Roots of Self-Driven Motivation, a Positive Self-Theory and Life Long Resiliency in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.”


Program Description: Individuals tend to have one of two self-theories: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. Which mindset someone has is strongly related to the patterns of praise they are given. By teaching DHH children growth mindset skills, parents and educators can be positive catalysts for the success of DHH children.

Presenters: Dr. Lisalee Egbert, Assistant Professor, CSUS    
Todd LaMarr, VL2 Lab Researcher, UC Davis
Tami Hossler, ASDC Editor and Parent of a Deaf Child/Adult
Carrie Davenport, Early Childhood Consultant for the Center for Outreach Services
Jodee Crace, Past president of American Society for Deaf Children, and Parent of Deaf Children

Target Audience: All Audiences

What Is A Deaf-Centered Educational Environment?


Program Description: Nowadays, “placement” is the crux of discussions surrounding the Deaf child.  Moving away from “placement” to “environment”, this workshop will address what a successful environment means for Deaf children in California.

Presenter: David Eberwein, High School Instructional Principal, California School for the Deaf, Fremont

Target Audience: All Audiences

Promoting ASL Phonological Awareness as a Pathway to Language and Literacy Development


Program Description: This program will inform participants about the potential benefits of using ASL phonology in building sign vocabulary knowledge by focusing on the structural similarities found in ASL.

Presenters: Dr. Peter Crume, Assistant professor, Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Fresno State
Ciara Minter, graduate student in Deaf Education, Fresno State

Target Audience: Educators, ASL Instructors, Early Interventionist

 

iMovie in the Classroom


Program Description: This presentation will showcase some the innovative ways iMovie can be used in their classrooms.  Presentation will include instruction on how to navigate iMovie.  Participants are welcome to bring their own devices to manipulate through the application as it is shown in the presentation.

Presenters: Antwan Miller, Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Jolene Berg, Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Target Audience: Educators, Administrators

 

Maslow Hierarchy and Language: Has Maslow Taken Language for Granted?


Program Description: The audience will apply Maslow's Hierarchy to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and be able to demonstrate the important role of bilingual language, ASL and English for the Deaf children to achieve self-actualization.

Presenter: Julie Rems-Smario, PR Director for the new national Campaign, Language Equality for Deaf Kids!

Target Audience: All Audiences

 

Educational Interpreters


Program Description: This presentation will provide information about the requirements for educational interpreters, and how our state is doing in the provision of interpreting services for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Presenter: Nancy Grosz Sager, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs Consultant at the California Department of Education

Target Audience:  Parents, Educators, Administrators, Educational Interpreters, Advocates

 

Map it! What Comes Next- pepnet 2’s new Self-Determination Training


Program Description: Map It! What Comes Next.  This training guides DHH individuals looking to determine their educational and employment paths.

Presenter: Cathy McLeod, Director of pepnet 2

Target Audience: Educators, Parents, Counselors, Advocates

 

Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction (SIWI) in the Content Areas


Program Description: The purpose of this presentation is to discuss language-blending trends among deaf and hard of hearing writers and provide strategies for writing in the content areas.

Presenter: Shannon C. Graham, Assistant Professor, California State University, Fresno

Target Audience: Educators, Parents, ASL Instructors

 

Photo Bomb the Core: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words


Program Description: Get down and dirty with some BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) incorporating photos into Common Core lessons. We will be using Snapseed and Strip Designer during the presentation.  Please have these downloaded to be able to fully participate.  Limited devices will be available for loan.

Presenters:  Jennifer Ratchel, Teacher of the Deaf    , Bakersfield City School District                
Trier Schneider, Mainstream Teacher, Bakersfield City School District
 
Target Audience: Educators, Administrators, ASL Instructors, Advocates

 

Education Rights & Progress: Past, Present and Future


Program Description: This will provide an overview of education for Deaf students, starting around 1900 until the present and future trends
related to educational quality, human rights and criteria for success. Also discussed will be policies, expectations, outcomes, collaborations and the political process.  

Presenter: Dr. Roz Rosen, Director, National Center on Deafness, CSUN     

Target Audience: All Audiences

 

Sensitivity in Service: Assisting Students with Unseen Disabilities


Program Description: This training provides Educators and Administrators with background and tools (student-centered and classroom management) for assisting individuals with various cognitive or developmental disabilities, two hands on activities created to teach empathy, real life classroom examples, and a short Q& A.

Presenter: Tiffany Potter, Commissioner on the Disability Advisory Commission for the City of Fresno

Target Audience: Educators, Administrators

 

Keeping Our Students Safe from Violence


Program Description: Like domestic and sexual violence, teen dating violence is on the rise. What is it and how can we work together to keep our deaf and hard of hearing children safe?

Presenter: Leslie Birchell, Program Manager, NorCal Services for Deaf and HH

Target Audience: All Audiences

 

Are You Flippin’ Kiddin’ Me?: The Flipped Classroom as a Powerful Tool for All Learners


Program Description: Explore some of the whys and hows of the flipped classroom model (watching videos at home to allow more practice time in the classroom), and its effectiveness as an ideal way to reach all learners.  Our class website is the hub of our classroom – www.dynamicduobf.com.

Presenters: Trier Schneider, Mainstream Teacher, Bakersfield City School District
Jennifer Ratchel, Teacher of the Deaf, Bakersfield City School District                

Target Audience: Educators, Administrators, ASL Instructors, Advocates

 

ASL-English Interpreting Rekindling our Passion


Program Description: Curious about language acquisition, specifically as it relates to the differing language learning experiences of Coda/coda and academically trained ASL-English interpreters? Katie will share her research, in addition to data gathered from Deaf participants regarding their interpreter preference(s).

Presenter: Katie Maxwell, ASL-English Interpreter

Target Audience: Educational Interpreters, Deaf Community

 

MELT Away Aches and Pains


Program Description: Learn MELT Method techniques to hydrate your connective tissue in order to decrease pain, prevent injury, and reduce fatigue. Learn this exciting technique that was featured on Dr. Oz!  

Presenter: Vanessa Light, Interpreter

Target Audience: All Audiences

 

Writing Signed Languages: What for?  What form?


Program Description: This presentation will present a rationale for writing signed languages, and explore the role of orthography (written form) in promoting ASL/English biliteracy in developing Deaf readers.

Presenter: Donald Grushkin, Associate Professor, Deaf Studies, Calif. State University, Sacramento

Target Audience: Educators, ASL Instructors, Deaf Community

 

Implementing the Common Core English Language Arts Standards with DHH Students

10:00am-1:30pm Sunday


Program Description: This presentation will move participants beyond a basic overview of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, and into meaningful applications of the standards in classrooms of DHH elementary and secondary students. Strategies will be presented related to(a) “listening/speaking” (meaning receptive/expressive language) skills, and (b) reading/writing skills development, with an emphasis on the key instructional shifts
encompassed in the Common Core.

Presenters: Ellen Schneiderman, Professor, CSUN
Rachel Friedman Narr, Professor, CSUN

Target Audience: Educators, Parents, Administrators

 

**CEU's will be available for interpreters. Interpreters can pay a $20 fee (cash only) at the registration table during the conference.

PRINT A COPY OF THE COMPLETE FINAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

PRINT A FULL LIST OF WORKSHOPS