Schedule and Presentation Descriptions for the 2013 Midwest Conference on Deaf Education

Sunday, July 14: South Dakota Interpreter Association Conference

Monday, July 15

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.: On-site registration will take place in the Center for Visual Arts Atrium. Conference participants will receive program books and other materials for the conference and will have an opportunity to register for Augustana College credit, RID CEUs, or general CEUs.


8:00 to 8:30 Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 10:00 Keynote Presentation

John Luckner: Establishing Effective Educational Environments for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

A hearing loss of any degree or type has the potential to alter typical ways of interacting and learning. Consequently, most students who are deaf or hard of hearing require adaptations in communication as well as how they are educated. A variety of trends are impacting where, how and what students with a hearing loss are taught. The purpose of this presentation is to provide practical suggestions for addressing the unique needs of the heterogeneous population of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

10:15 to 11:45 Concurrent Presentations

  1. Frances Beauvirage: Benefits of Fingerspelling

Fingerspelling is an important aspect of American Sign Language (ASL) and plays an important role in supporting bilingual development in English and ASL.   The research points out that fingerspelling skills are important to reading, and that deaf students use fingerspelling to decode printed text.  In this workshop we will examine the EIPA philosophy regarding the use of fingerspelling and the role of fingerspelling in literacy development.  We will discuss how interpreters should be analyzing spoken classroom discourse to guide their decisions about what to fingerspell and how to deliver fingerspelled terms in a manner that is accessible to students at different ages. 

 The morning session will include a discussion of theory and strategies.

  1. Karen Putz: Social Bluffing, Why No One Wins At This Game

Karen Putz became hard of hearing as a young child and she quickly picked up the ability to study body language and decipher speech. During middle school and high school, she became the Queen of Bluffing. Karen examines the social and emotional implications of social bluffing and provides practical solutions for students, professionals and families.

12:00 to 12:30 Lunch

12:30 to 1:45 Explore vendors and Silent Auction Tables

2:00 to 3:30 Keynote Presentation

Susan Outlaw: Language and Literacy in the Content Area

During this presentation a brief overview of language and literacy theories and research will be cited as well as looking at some of the new emphasis in the Common Core Standards. Working with and encouraging non-fiction and general textbook reading will be addressed as well. The remaining time will be dedicated to demonstrating various instructional strategies that can be used across the curriculum.

3:45 to 5:15 Concurrent Presentations

  1. Frances Beauvirage: Benefits of Fingerspelling

A continuation of the morning session with more time set aside for practice and hands-on activities.

  1. John Luckner:  Fostering Resilence

Most children who are deaf or hard of hearing mature and become healthy adults who have fulfilling relationships, meaningful careers and contribute to society. Unfortunately, the professional literature in the field of deaf education tends to be oriented toward deficiencies and problems.  This presentation will stress a strength-based perspective and present a summary of studies that examined the perceptions of successful students, adults and families. Central themes from those studies are presented and then interwoven with practical suggestions for promoting resilience.

Tuesday, July 16

8:00 to 8:30 Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 10:00 Keynote Presentation

Karen Putz:  Inclusion: Does it Really Mean Included

Inclusion is simple in concept, but the implementation can be a challenge with deaf and hard of hearing students. Karen Putz shares the twists and turns she faced with the education of her three deaf and hard of hearing children and shares the ideas which worked for her kids--and some which didn't. She's also been on the other side, working as a substitute teacher/early intervention provider and has discovered some innovative ways schools are working with deaf and hard of hearing students.

10:15 to 11:45 Concurrent Presentations

  1. Susan Outlaw: Using NWEA Measures of Academic Progress to Guide Teaching

A brief overview of the MAP assessment will be giving during this presentation while the majority of the discussion will center on short term and long term data analysis and the development of action items that can be implemented based on the data. Score analysis will be looked at on the individual, class, and program levels. Examples of real scores and the classroom and programmatic changes that were made at one school will be shared.

  1. Perry Hanavan: Recent Advances in Technology to assist Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This session will focus on the advances in assistive technologies designed to enhance receptive communication in learning.  Recent technology advances in FM, classroom amplification systems, mobile devices and apps, and other devices/technologies designed to enhance receptive communication will be covered. 

       3) Sheri Cook: ASL Classifiers

Many people who learn ASL as a second language struggle with expanding their skills in facial/body expressions, and Classifierskills. Participants involved in this hands-on workshop will understand the purpose of ASL Classifiers ,work on describing different pictures,  English phrases and English sentences using ASL Classifiers, and work on improving their receptive ASL Classifier skills.

12:00 to 12:30 Lunch

12:30 to 1:45 Panel

Panel of deaf adults, “live” and recorded through video clips who will share experiences and knowledge that will be helpful to teachers and other professionals in helping Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth prepare for life after high school.

2:00 to 3:30 Keynote Presentation

David Smith:Planting the Seeds of Success: Making Self-Advocacy a Part of Deaf Youth Experience

Ways that we can instill self-advocacy and determination in deaf youth so that they can take a more active part in  IEPs and transition planning for their post-secondary experiences. Based on the serendipitous events experienced by the presenter growing up in a rural area and his own research on the topic of self-advocacy and expectations in successful young deaf adults. Also addressed will be the current availability of access technology, peer groups and programs for deaf youth, and resources for rural and/or itinerant professionals working with this population. 

3:45 to 5:15 Concurrent Presentations

  1. Marcia Kolvitz: Resources for Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: PEPNET 2

PEPNet 2 (PN2) offers many exciting resources for those serving D/HH students. PN2 can assist institutions, agencies, and individuals in building capacity and providing training developed through evidence based practices. Participants will leave this workshop with many valuable resources and networking opportunities. 

  1. Sheri Cook: Story signing skills

      This workshop will give teachers, educational interpreters and parents the opportunity to develop/improve signing skills as related to telling stories. 

        3) Bonnie Rauk& Jill Rohman: Relationships: Miles Don’t Matter

Advocacy and empowerment are two of the top five skills needed to transition successfully through school.  Additionally, employers value self-understanding, social skills, and attitude as three of the most important characteristics in employees.  How else to build these skills than by practicing with peers?  Recognizing that meeting and identifying with other students with hearing loss is critical in developing identity, the SW/WC Service Cooperative has utilized web-conferencing technology to connect deaf and hard of hearing students.  Evidence of success has been shown through students developing role model and peer relationships.  Through recorded demonstrations and presentation, you will leave this breakout session with activity ideas, an understanding of basic system requirements, and a zest/enthusiasm










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