TWU’s Inaugural Deaf Education Forum – Saturday, July 18
Teachers of the deaf from across Texas meet every other year for a statewide conference. TWU is filling in the gap by providing a forum on the alternate year with the focus on teachers leading teachers. The first TWU Deaf Education forum was held in July on the Denton campus. Teachers from throughout the state of Texas and as far away as Indiana gathered with friends, colleagues, TWU alumni, current students and faculty to share teacher experiences and innovative ideas.
Dr. Curt Radford, an award-winning instructor who developed the first interactive online ASL course for Utah State to effectively train teachers of the deaf, inspired teachers with his own personal experiences and practical advice as a deaf student in both a school for the deaf and in a regular education classroom. His insights and concern for deaf children as a student, teacher and administrator brought a new understanding and new possibilities to attendees preparing for the new school year.
Practical teaching strategies were shared during afternoon break-out sessions led by experienced teachers and TWU alumni. Sessions included strategies for using ASL literacy across the curriculum, technology that even Spiderman doesn’t know, tips for supporting students who are deaf or hard of hearing in general education settings and much, much more.
Gail Duck, a teacher of the year in Abilene, explained, “Our team from Abilene really enjoyed it and learned many wonderful strategies and great new resources that we plan to utilize for the coming school year. We enjoyed the honesty of Curt Radford and his message to educators to not hold back our students.”
The inaugural TWU Deaf Education Forum was truly a team effort and supported by the Communication Sciences and Disorders department, Disabilities Support Services, the office of conference services, the office of alumni relations and the office of human resources.