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Clerc Center Announces Contract Award for Development of American Sign Language Content Standards for Grades K-12

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The Clerc Center  is pleased to announce it has awarded a contract for the development of American Sign Language (ASL) content standards for students in grades K-12. These content standards will outline the ASL skills that students should have at each grade level. The recipient of the contract is an innovative team composed of university-based researchers renowned for their expertise in deaf education, language and literacy development, and ASL assessment; as well as administrators, teachers, and specialists at three elementary and secondary schools for the deaf.

"The development of ASL content standards is a key component in our ongoing efforts to facilitate linguistic competence for deaf and hard of hearing students in both ASL and English," said Clerc Center vice president Ed Bosso. "The importance of this work cannot be overstated and is vital to the academic and linguistic development of deaf and hard of hearing students. The Clerc Center is privileged and honored to be able to provide the necessary support for this work."

The Clerc Center will provide periodic updates regarding the progress of the development of ASL content standards. The target date for nationwide dissemination of the final ASL content standards is early 2013. For more information about the Clerc Center's strategic plan goals related to ASL, visit http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/asl_standards.xml.

Individual members of the unique coalition that is receiving the contract are from Boston University; University of Manitoba; University of California, San Diego; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; California School for the Deaf-Riverside; Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis, Indiana; and The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts. The full list of consortium members follows the video, below.

 

 

Principal Investigator

David Geeslin, Ph.D. Superintendent, Indiana School for the Deaf

Higher Education

Todd Czubek, Ph.D. candidate, Boston University
Charlotte Enns, Ph.D. University of Manitoba
Melissa Herzig, Ph. D. University of California, San Diego
Bob Hoffmeister, Ph. D. Boston University
Jenny Singleton, Ph. D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

K-12 Schools

Janice Warshaw, M.A. Curriculum Supervisor, California School for the Deaf-Riverside**
Becky Gage, M.A. ASL Teacher, California School for the Deaf-Riverside
Kerry Hile, M.A. ASL Teacher, California School for the Deaf-Riverside
Shari Kido, ASL Teacher, M.A. California School for the Deaf-Riverside

Ms. Judy Catron, M.A. High School ASL Teacher, Indiana School for the Deaf
Mr. John Fenicle, M.A. Middle School ASL Teacher, Indiana School for the Deaf
David Geeslin, Ph.D. Superintendent, Indiana School for the Deaf **
Mary Glenn Rinne, Ph.D. Principal, Indiana School for the Deaf
Guy Vollmar, M.A. Middle School ASL Teacher, Indiana School for the Deaf
Ms. Sandra Wascher, M.A. Elementary ASL Teacher, Indiana School for the Deaf
Ms. Christine Wood, M.A. ASL Specialist, Indiana School for the Deaf

Patrick Costello, M. Ed. ASL Team Leader, The Learning Center for the Deaf**
Lana Cook, M.Ed. ASL Teacher, The Learning Center for the Deaf
John Monahan, B.A., ASL Teacher, The Learning Center for the Deaf
Stella Keltz, M.A. ASL Teacher, The Learning Center for the Deaf

**-Indicates Team Leader