Conceptual Framework and Knowledge Bases

Goals:

1. Promotes Bilingual/Bicultural Competence
2.
Engages in Theory-Based  Practice
3.
Acts as a Reflective Change Agent
4.
Promotes  the intellectual, linguistic, and social potential of all children with a particular focus on deaf and hard-of-hearing children and youth.  

Expected proficiencies of proficiencies in candidates:

1.  Promotes Bilingual/Bicultural Competence
a) Fluent in ASL
b) Competent in written English
c) Creates a visual learning environment
d) Knows the histories, cultures, and contexts of deaf/Deaf people
e) Assures access to language through a variety of strategies
f)  Develop lessons that address diverse linguistic backgrounds of students
g) Communicates effectively across diverse cultures, varying education & cognitive levels
h) Works effectively within a culturally diverse team of professionals
i) Values and responds to language diversity and development in students
j) Demonstrates leadership, advocacy and the ability to navigate biculturally

2.  Engages in Theory-Based  Practice

a) Shows knowledge of subject matter
b) Utilizes subject matter knowledge to prepare and teach curriculum that supports learning of content  by all students
c) Knows how children and youth develop and the implications of that development for teaching and learning
d) Modifies professional practice to be appropriate for diverse students including multiple language, ethnicity, multiple and varied intelligences, gender, and abilities
e) Uses knowledge of learners and learning to assess, plan professional practice, respond, assess, and revise  professional practice (action research)
f)  Locates professional resources for self, students, families, and communities  through a variety of technologies
g) Critically examines theory and research in order to apply to professional practice
h) Models a passion for learning and teaching

3.  Acts as a Reflective Change Agent
a) Identifies one's own strengths, weaknesses, and learning needs and is resourceful in building their capacity as a professional
b) Gathers evidence of the impact of their professional practice; analyzes evidence, reflects, decides what to do next
c) Identifies own biases, values, beliefs, worldview, and the impact of these on their relationships with learners
d) Collaborates with others in ways that enhance their knowledge, skills, and dispositions as a professional
e) Interacts ethically and professional at all times with students, families, colleagues and community members
f) Advocates for learners and for social justice

4.  Promotes  the intellectual, linguistic, and social potential of all children with a particular focus on deaf and hard-of-hearing children and youth. 
a) Understands learners in the context of their environment and culture and modifies professional practices to be culturally appropriate to learners
b) Monitors and evaluates one's own values and their effects on practice and diverse groups
c) Shows respect and sensitivity in words and actions towards those who are culturally different  from self
d) Demonstrates a belief that all children and families can learn and a commitment to enabling learning for all
e) Demonstrates a rapport with diverse students that reflects respect for and acceptance of their potential for improvement and success
f) Shows a commitment to continue to learn new knowledge and skills in order to work effectively with diverse learners

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