Dr. Barbara Gerner de Garcia, Professor and Department Chair, teaches Multicultural Foundations of Education, as well as courses in research, an online course Teaching Latino Deaf Students, and the International Development Practicum.
Her experience in multicultural issues includes 17 years as a teacher of the deaf in the Boston Public schools, where she implemented and taught in a trilingual program for Hispanic deaf children. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil from August to December 1999. Her background includes publications and research on multicultural issues, as well as numerous presentations and workshops, and extensive involvement in local and national organizations dealing with multicultural education. She holds degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and Boston University.
Dr. Gerner de García has served as the Principal Investigator or Co-PI on several federal grants including Project THREADS (1995-1998) to prepare teacher leaders in multicultural deaf education, Literacy for Latino Deaf English Language Learners (2002), and the ICARE Schools Project: Involvement, Caring, Affirmation, Respect, and Empowerment (2004-2008) of parents of middle school students with disabilities. In March-May, 2006, she was co-investigator with Dr. Pilar Fernandez-Viader of the University of Barcelona on the project Implementing bilingual education for the deaf in Catalonia: Beliefs about critical knowledge needed in bilingual classrooms with deaf children. Currently, she is the co-PI with Susan Chacon, MSW, New Mexico Department of Health on The Latin American and the Caribbean Newborn Hearing Screening Survey.
Multicultural education of the deaf
Latino deaf and hard of hearing students
Immigrant deaf students
Education of the deaf in Latin America