ASLRT 2017 Presenters
Dr. Mary Ann Seremeth: "The Labyrinth of ASL Literature Production"
Since the implementation of the ASL Literature Production course in 2008, students have been reaping the benefits of embracing positive Deaf identity, learning video production and editing, and identifying different kinds of ASL genres by reviewing and critiquing. The essence of teaching ASL Literature Production focuses on developing and creating ASL literature through students’ lived experiences with multicultural lens for their academic, cultural, and emotional success. The relationship between teacher efficacy and ASL-English bilingual instructional practice is also explained.
“Hallmark Our Students of Color and Signify Their Cultures” with
Ritchie Bryant-NTID, Shari Kido-California School for the Deaf, Riverside and Leticia Arellano-Gallaudet University
This workshop examines the current trends for Students of Color to strive and preserve their self-esteem and value their cultures in America. We will discuss human accountability to embrace American and international youth who may lack cultural exposure to their families’ values, traditions, and languages. Our vision is to have Students of Color to convey their native celebrations through cultures authentically to uplift awareness about knowledge and to maintain, measure, and master those who will follow in their footsteps.
Dr. Petra Horn-Marsh and Kester Horn-Marsh-Kansas School for the Deaf -"The ASL Specialist's Palette"
The ASL Specialist’s Field Guide; Measurement, Mastery, and Maintenance: We chose this order because as specialists, tutors, and teachers, we must first measure students’ current performance levels in receptive and expressive ASL. Then we provide services with the ultimate goal of mastery. Once students master these skills, we want them to maintain those skills and improve them age-appropriately. Our presentation will address how we present this information to parents, Local Education Agencies, and the public during IEP meetings, outreach workshops, and presentations to the public. We have found that if our approach to people outside of our residential or day school environments is full of pictures, videos, and anecdotes, it aids in better comprehension. We will present many samples of our approach to help participants develop ideas of their own in educating others about the importance of ASL acquisition and learning.
Barbara Wingfield-Rocky Mountain Deaf School “Awesome Academic ASL Activities and Assessments for Heritage Language Signers”
Providing learning activities relating to ASL literature genres, ASL vocabulary, ASL register, discourse and grammar including Deaf culture and history to K-12 heritage signers can be challenging and time-consuming considering the limitation of ASL-related resources, assessments, materials and media technology plus ASL teacher/specialist’s time. More and more ASL classes are being offered to heritage signers in Deaf education program today, yet the teachers have been scrambling to find ideas how to best teach this subject especially with no standards and limited ASL curriculum. As an ASL specialist/teacher for more than a decade, trial and error experiences had led to creating awesome academic ASL activities that are effective for heritage signers to increase excitement, motivation and engagement. This presentation will provide a variety of ideas you can use in your classroom rather than just doing traditional teaching such as viewing and discussing videotexts, signing a story or a poetry, and what-nots.
Rory Osbrink-California School for the Deaf, Fremont "Utilizing and Going beyond Assessment"
In this lecture, we will be analyzing the purpose of assessments and how a data-driven culture at school leads to tangible results such as changes in the curriculum, accountability, and creates the need for standards. Evolution and
future of assessments will also be discussed during this session.
Margaret Jennings and Michael Pachuilo-Rochester School for the Deaf-"Heritage Language-New Frame"
At the recent ASL Roundtable in Riverside, California in 2015, Dr. Amy E. Hile inspired educators of the Deaf to view ASL as a heritage language and to elevate the heritage language experience in the classroom. According to the general definition of a heritage language user, an ASL heritage language user would be a person who has proficiency in or a cultural connection to ASL. The primary pathways for Deaf children to their heritage language would be in the school setting, throughout the community, and at home (for those whose parents are proficient in ASL). In this roundtable discussion, we will share ideas on how we ensure we provide programming for Deaf children to measure and maintain their mastery of heritage language in ASL.
Shira Grabelsky-New Mexico School for the Deaf-"Manipulating Language"
During this interactive workshop, we will explore what it means to manipulate language both literally and figuratively. American Sign Language has been manipulated over time and in many different contexts. Teaching ASL also involves manipulating the language to enhance student acquisition, development, understanding, and internalization of the language. One aspect of this workshop involves creating and using tangible manipulatives as a way to teach literacy concepts.
Friday-Closing Keynote presenter:
Dr. Laurene Simms-Gallaudet University-
"Where are we? : MAINTENANCE, MEASUREMENT AND MASTERY!" Please view the abstract in ASL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQaeZNWnsV8&feature=youtu.be
Kester Horn-Marsh Shari Kido