Clerc Center On-site Training

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center provides workshops and training opportunities for educators and professionals working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing across the country. The following descriptions are of live trainings, presentations, and consultations offered by the Clerc Center in three areas: language and communication, literacy, and social-emotional development. For information about available technical assistance and workshops, e-mail: training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu or contact your Gallaudet University Regional Center.



Language and Communication

  • Cochlear Implant Education Center: Presentations

The staff of the Cochlear Implant Education Center (CIEC) is available to provide presentations related to language, communication, and educational practices for children with cochlear implants. These presentations focus on sharing considerations and practices related to the development, and use, of both spoken language and signed language for children using this technology. They are designed for professionals working with children from early childhood through early elementary age. The presentation can be adapted to address the needs of children who have auditory access through use of hearing aids, as well as adapted to meet the time needs of requesting programs (i.e. educational settings, graduate training programs, agencies, organizations). For more information about these presentations e-mail: training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu.

  • Considerations for ASL and Spoken English Bilingual Development in Young Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: An Overview

This workshop, previously titled The "Why" and "How" of an ASL/English Bimodal Bilingual Program, provides participants with an overview of considerations for facilitating American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English bilingual development with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing (including children with cochlear implants). It explores the evidence documenting the benefit of bilingual development in two modalities, as well as the language planning process essential to establishing an environment that values both languages and modalities to meet the needs of children with diverse language and communication characteristics. Designed as a six-hour training, the presentation length can be adapted to meet the needs of the requesting program. For more information, e-mail: training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu.

Literacy

  • Reading to Deaf Children: Learning from Deaf Adults

This training, for parents, caregivers, and educators, is based on the Reading to Deaf Children: Learning from Deaf Adults.  It teaches the effective book-sharing techniques known as the “15 Principles for Reading to Deaf Children." These principles were developed based on research studying effective communication strategies that Deaf adults use when reading to children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Participants learn to recognize and apply the 15 principles for reading to deaf and hard of hearing children. The training can be adapted to be three or six hours based on the needs of the audience. For more information, e-mail: training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu.

  • Shared Reading Project: Keys to Success

This three-day program for individuals who are considering setting up a Shared Reading Project site, is designed to help site coordinators establish the SRP at their own schools and programs. Site coordinators can be educators, administrators, librarians, parent leaders, and community center coordinators. For more information, visit: the Shared Reading Project. If you are interested in hosting this training, e-mail: training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu.  The Clerc Center is developing this training as an online course that will be available in 2016.

  • Sharing Books Using ASL and Deaf Cultural Literacy Practices: Preschool-Grade Eight

This workshop focuses on how to share books using ASL and Deaf cultural literacy practices with young students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Participants learn how to share books as a visual and spatial experience, translate English text into ASL in comprehensible ways, scaffold children's learning during book sharing, and make connections between ASL and English within this context. Each literacy practice is introduced and demonstrated, followed by opportunities for collaborative, guided practice using excerpts from various children's books. Additional topics addressed include selecting appropriate books and materials, elements of ASL, and topics based on the students' needs and interests. This training is designed for teachers, librarians, aides, childcare providers, interpreters, future teachers, and parents. It can be adapted to be a one- or two-day workshop. For more information, e-mail: training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu.

  • Visual Phonics

The See the Sound: Visual Phonics workshop is designed for individuals interested in learning a system that utilizes a combination of tactile, kinesthetic, visual, and auditory feedback to assist in developing phonemic awareness, speech production, and reading skills with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is designed for teachers, speech-language pathologists, and reading specialists, and can be tailored to be a one- or two-day workshop. For more information, e-mail: training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu.

Social-Emotional Development

  • Adolescent Sexuality Education: You Can Talk About It, Too 

    This workshop provides participants with real strategies for discussing the often uncomfortable issues of human sexuality with adolescents who are deaf and hard of hearing in a way that fosters open communication, mutual respect, and responsibility. Participants will learn how to address issues of human sexuality from an unbiased, informative perspective, while also learning how to identify when teenagers who are deaf and hard of hearing are exploring their sexuality and what to do to support and guide them in this process. This workshop is designed for teachers, dorm staff, mental health professionals, and parents. It can be tailored to the time and skill level of the audience. It can be offered as a two-hour exposure workshop, a three-hour interactive workshop, a six-hour intermediate workshop, and a 12-hour intensive workshop. For more information, e-mail: training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu.

  • Family Dynamics Training for Families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

This workshop explores some simple, but effective, strategies for hearing parents with children who are deaf or hard of hearing to fine tune their family system. Participants will gain an understanding of the ways that family roles, birth order, responsibilities, communication, and personality styles impact the functionality of their families, gain insight into the factors that influence their families and what they can do to positively affect them, and learn and practice practical strategies to resolve conflicts, to communicate more clearly and effectively, to support each other, and to prioritize "family time." This workshop is designed for parents of deaf and hard of hearing students. It can be provided as a two- or three-hour exposure workshop or six- to 12-hour interactive workshop. For more information, e-mail: training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu.

  • Going with the Resistance: A Creative Approach to Power Struggles

This workshop provides participants with unique and practical solutions to help them to be effective with resistant students. It is based on the philosophy that the key to avoiding power struggles is to stop meeting resistance with resistance. This workshop is designed for teachers, dorm staff, mental health professionals, and parents. It can be tailored to the needs of the audience. It can be offered as a two-hour exposure presentation, a three-hour workshop, and a six-hour experiential workshop. For more information, e-mail: training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu.

 

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