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Members: Lead - Susan Easterbrooks; Members - Peter Paul & John Luckner

Enrichment Activities Subcommittee Final Report (June 20, 2008)

Charge: Please feel free to copy this information and add in any suggestions you have. Please send all your suggestions to me at at least one week before our meeting in California so that I may compile all of them into one document.

Thank you

Doctoral Program in Deaf/Hard of Hearing Enrichment Activities: Suggestions for “Value Added” Activities

The purpose of this grant will be to enhance existing PhD programs in deaf education by adding value to the programs through enhancements for the doctoral fellows.

Please read the suggestions and make your comments to the right. Some of these activities came from the VI document. Add in other activities as you see fit. We will present these for discussion at ACEDHH. Please send your comments to at least one week before the conference so I can put it all into one document.


Keep or Pitch

1. Teaching

1.1 Presentations online to undergraduates and graduate students in other programs
Presentations to deaf and hearing students who are interested in careers in deaf education who attend community colleges. (Note: about half of the nation's students of color start their postsecondary education at a community college (U.S. Dept of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2005). Therefore, recruitment efforts should tap community colleges (i.e. educational interpreting, ASL studies, etc.).

1.2 Teams of Fellows to teach CEU courses for ACEDHH

Encourage faculty to exhibit creativity by designing online interdisciplinary courses for doctoral students taught by faculty in different disciplines--
deaf education and psycholinguistics;
deaf education and speech and hearing sciences,
deaf education and art;
deaf education and psychology/mental health
deaf education and criminal justice/social work
deaf education and math/science education

2. Research

2.1 Joint research projects across states/programs

Collaborative research projects with doctoral consortium as well as Au.D. doctoral programs on issues that concern us....
  • early bilingual education for deaf infants/toddlers/children using the two languages.
  • early dissemination of full, non-biased information on communication options from monolingual approaches (one language) to sign-supported speech options, to bilingual options,
  • information to PED-ENTs, nurses who do screenings, other medical and audiological community about full language learning potention of deaf infants/toddlers/youth based on both sight and sound.
  • important role deaf adults play in informing medical/audiological/education community on the benefits/lack of benefits of auditory technologies depending on the individual,
  • important role of visual technology in the lives of young deaf children
  • importance of making sure educational interpreters are fully qualified when working in the schools
  • use of FM systems in the schools

    Link up state residential schools across states where doctoral students live to establish data bases for educational research. (residential schools are gold mines for data on deaf children over years of time.)

2.2 Student presentations of research at conferences

2.3 Grant proposal writing

3. Service

3.1 Internship opportunities at national level

4. Learning

Field trips to research centers, unique training sites, sponsored by the doctoral consoritum:
1. Salk Institute for Biological Studies
2. VL2 Lab at Gallaudet Univ.
3. Clerc Center Cochlear Implant Program at Gallaudet University
4. McDaniel College: the largest producer of deaf students who are training to become teachers (could teach us alot about making higher education accessible to deaf students).
5. Vanderbuilt's Bill Wilkerson's Speech and Hearing Center
6. Huntsville State Prison in Texas (has 99 deaf inmates, 2 deaf education classes for deaf inmates)
7. National Deaf Academy: charter school for deaf children/youth/adults with psychiatric, socio-emotional disorders
8. Cognition labs at NTID
9. NAD Legal Center

4. 1 Meetings at ACEDHH and other venues 3x annually

Topics covered:
Research @ IES
Public Policy/Advocacy @ CEC
Higher Education @ HECSE
Leadership @ CEASD Summit
Multiple disabilities @
Role of the NAD in assisting us in developing educational policy (they have numerous policy papers related to deaf education, language, mental health, legal services)

What other topics should be covered?

4.2. Shared Coursework via Elluminate (live voice and signed interaction)

-Theory of Instruction in Deaf Education
-Literacy Challenges in Deaf Education
-Role of deaf visual and performing arts in the schools to enhance visual and visual/motion intelligence

4.3. Monthly topical discussions on bulletin boards
Establishment of journal clubs or reading clubs....can be online. See article attached to data sets called, Signature Pedagogies in Doctoral Education: Are They Adaptable for the Preparation of Educational Researchers? In Educational Researcher, 36(6), pp. 344-351.

4.4 Wiki??