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Clerc Center Seeks Reviewers for Initial Stages of ASL Content Standards Development


The Clerc Center is seeking qualified individuals to review a synthesis of the literature that supports the structure and content of American Sign Language (ASL) content standards and benchmarks for grades K-12 and recommendations for a proposed framework for the content standards strands. This synthesis and framework is the initial stage of a project that will lead to the development of content standards and benchmarks for what students in grades K-12 should know and be able to do in ASL. These content standards, which have not been formally established to date, will be a key component of helping deaf and hard of hearing students become fluent in both ASL and English.

A team of researchers based at several universities will submit the research synthesis and framework recommendations in June 2011. These researchers are renowned for their expertise in deaf education, language and literacy development, and ASL assessment. They are part of a larger team that will develop the standards and benchmarks; this larger team includes administrators, teachers, and specialists at three elementary and secondary schools for the deaf.

The Clerc Center is now seeking individuals with expertise across a span of academic content areas and research methods and modes of inquiry to review this synthesis of the literature and framework recommendations. The process will begin with an individual review conducted in the reviewer's home location. It might also include an on-site group review at the Clerc Center, on the campus of Gallaudet University, on a date during the summer of 2011 to be determined later.

Reviewer qualifications include:

  • Expertise in academic content standards, how children learn, ASL acquisition and development, pedagogy
  • Experience in providing peer reviews or serving on professional review panels
  • Scholarly productivity (papers published, presentations given) or other evidence of broad knowledge in a range of research specialties in the development of content standards and/or ASL acquisition and development in grades k-12.

Reviewers will be awarded an honorarium for their contribution. The Clerc Center will pay for travel and lodging costs if there is an on-site group review.

If you are interested in participating in this review, please submit the following via e-mail to ExpertReviewSubmissions@gallaudet.edu by 4 p.m. on May 20, 2011:

  • Full name
  • Contact information
  • Current college or university affiliation
  • Curriculum vita presenting evidence of qualifications

Please contact us at ExpertReviewSubmissions@gallaudet.edu with questions or if you would like to nominate an individual other than yourself. For more information about the development of ASL content standards and benchmarks for grades k-12, visit our website.