Category Archives: News roundup

Welcome to a new school year!

Wow, it’s been a long time! Our last post was in March, sharing about the OTDHH conference. Sorry for the delayed posting, but it’s been awfully busy since then! Let’s recap what’s been going on with our Deaf Education professors and students since last March.

First, our 3 Deaf Education seniors not only completed their student teaching, but also graduated from TU, got jobs, and began graduate school at Gallaudet University! Wow, ladies – that is a lot of accomplishments in a short amount of time! Congratulations are definitely in order for Erin, Shelby, and Shawna.

Next, professor Jessica Scott officially became Dr. Jessica Scott – she defended her dissertation on Academic English and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students in April, and graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education in May. Not only that, but her dissertation won the Jeanne Chall Doctoral Student Research award – she will be traveling back to Boston in October to receive that!

Our professors also spent quite a bit of time traveling for work this summer. Dr. Baker attended the International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition in Amsterdam, and Dr. Scott was at the International Congress on Education of the Deaf in Greece! After ICED, Dr. Scott traveled back to St. Louis to begin her position as the Chair of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Special Interest Group at the International Literacy Association.

And the professors weren’t the only ones traveling! One of our seniors spent the summer at Gallaudet University, and another visited Sienna, Italy, where she learned Italian Sign Language.

Phew! Our students and professors have had amazing, productive summers, and are ready to get back to work this fall! We hope that all of you accomplished all you hoped to during the summer break – feel free to let us know what you’ve been up to in the comments!

2013-2014 Highlights

It’s hard to believe, but we have reached the end of the 2013/2014 academic year – today was the last official day of classes here at University of Tulsa. We had a really incredible year! Let’s recap.

-We started off the year with the wonderful news that TU’s Deaf Education program received a grant to fund our juniors and seniors for up to 50% of their tuition! Thanks to the hard work of Dr. Sharon Baker writing this grant.

-The beginning of this year also saw the beginning of Jessica Scott’s joining the Deaf Education faculty!

-As part of her literacy course, Jessica set up a free reading clinic for Deaf and hard of hearing students in the Tulsa area – which went amazingly well! Thanks to generous individual donors and The Frugal Bookworm we got some excellent children’s and adolescent books to start off our collection. Thanks so much to the AMAZING undergraduate students enrolled in the Literacy course who spent an hour every week working with a struggling Deaf or hard of hearing reader!

-Dr. Baker and Jessica Scott had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. and stay on Gallaudet University campus for the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACEDHH) conference, where we heard from politicians, university professors and researchers about the latest theory and research in teaching Deaf students!

-Dr. Baker had a number of very exciting guests in her Deaf History and Culture course, including Laurent Clerc’s great great granddaughter, who works at Oklahoma School for the Deaf, Dr. Peter Crume, who does research on Deaf and hard of hearing students in Kenya, and Marie Guard, a local preschool teacher who is deaf and recently chose to have cochlear implants.Image Image

 

Wow! What a year – we feel truly lucky to have the opportunities that we do. Some things to look forward to:

-Jessica Scott is working on a grant to expand the reading clinic to an academic year, where tutors trained in the spring course will be paid to tutor students in the fall. The grant will also give us access to better assessments, more materials and more books!

-The OKRID conference will be on TU campus this summer! Anyone in the area interested in ASL interpreting or Deaf Education should register and join us!

-The TU faculty plan to start some collaborations with the Deaf Education faculty at USAO in Chickasha, OK – we will keep you updated as those develop next year!

Readers – what new developments are you most excited about? What other ideas do you have for our program? We’d love to hear from you!

This week in the news…

It seems like there have been many issues around Deafness and American Sign Language in the news this week. So, welcome to a round-up of some of the issues and events that have been brought to light recently! We in the Deaf Education department would love to hear your thoughts on some of these matters.

To start of with the positive, deaf football player Derrick Coleman is not only going to the SuperBowl with the Seattle Seahawks, but he is the subject of a Duracell commercial that has been making the rounds on Facebook (at least on mine!). You can read more about him here.

Second, an unfortunate situation in England seems to be going on, where a young boy is bullying a Deaf family for using sign language. According to the article, he has not only been yelling profanities at them, but also has been throwing eggs at their home. Happily, it seems as though the police have helped diffuse the situation, but clearly this is a situation that never should have happened.

Another unfortunate story, this one happening close to home – right here in Oklahoma. A Deaf man was allegedly beaten by police for failing to respond to an officer yelling at him – despite a sticker on his car that informed them that he was deaf.

What do you think of these articles? Are you excited to see Derrick Coleman in the SuperBowl? What do you think of the two unfortunate stories of abuse by neighbors and law enforcement?