ISRC Digital Update
November 2011
If you have any resources that you would like to share with other teachers, parents, and professionals of Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth, please share them with us to be included in future issues.

Upcoming Events

~ Clases de Lenguaje de Señas en Español! Las clases son para padres y adultos que quieren aprender el Lenguaje de Señas y hablan español. Todos Son Bienvenidos! Cuando: Todos los martes de 6:00 a 8:00 PM el 8, 15 y 29 de Noviembre. Donde: Country Elementary School, 3701 Highland Woods Boulevard, Elgin, IL 60124. Costo: Gratis. Para reservar su espacio, o cualquier pregunta, favor de llamar a: Karen Aguilar al 866.733.8729 o por correo electrónico a [email protected]

~ November 3-5th is the 19th Annual Chicago DeaFest hosted by Harper College. The three day schedule can be found at http://www.harperevents.com.

~ South of Eighty Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss: November 5, 2011 Jacksonville, IL. http://morgan.k12.il.us/isd/outreach_events.html

~ Targeting Speech Skills for a Child Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing Workshop – December 9, 2011 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Cost is $150 for the one-day workshop, handouts, morning/afternoon beverage and light snack. For more information contact Dianne Gushleff at [email protected] or 877.444.4574 x 133. http://www.cid.edu/ProfOutreachIntro/siueworkshops.aspx

~ Strategies for Teachers in the Mainstream: Creating a Supportive Learning Environment for a Student Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing Workshop – February 3, 2012 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Cost is $150 for the one-day workshop, handouts, morning/afternoon beverage and light snack. For more information contact Dianne Gushleff at [email protected] or 877.444.4574 x 133. http://www.cid.edu/ProfOutreachIntro/siueworkshops.aspx

~ Tools and Techniques for Assessing and Teaching Language Workshop – February 24, 2012 at the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis. Cost is $150 for the one-day workshop, handouts, morning/afternoon beverage and light snack. To purchase the CID TAGS (Teacher Assessment of Grammatical Structures) kit for an additional $50. For more information contact Dianne Gushleff at [email protected] or 877.444.4574 x 133. http://www.cid.edu/ProfOutreachIntro/Workshops.aspx

~ March 1-3 for The Annual ITHI Conference in Springfield, IL. Information, call for speakers, exhibitors, and sponsor forms can be found at http://www.ithi.org/2011-09-14-19-10-25/2012-conference.html

~ 11th Annual National EHDI/ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference March 4-6, 2012 St. Louis, Missouri. http://www.ehdiconference.org

~ Conferences especially for PARENTS and FAMILIES!
~ South of Eighty Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss November 5, 2011 Jacksonville http://morgan.k12.il.us/isd/outreach_events.html
~ North of Eighty Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss March 24, 2012 Rockford http://morgan.k12.il.us/isd/outreach_events.html
~ South of Seventy Conference for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss April 14, 2012 Mt. Vernon http://morgan.k12.il.us/isd/outreach_events.html
~ 6th Annual Family Leaders Conference Date: April 28, 2012 Location: Spaulding Pastoral Center, Peoria, IL. Featuring an exciting new presentation from Paula Kluth. Watch for Registration Information, coming soon!

~ Parent Infant Institute Illinois School for the Deaf June 10 - 15, 2012 Jacksonville, IL

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Contents

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Video Games are Actually Good for Kids
  3. The Importance of Offering Children Choices
  4. The Surprising Truth About What Motivates
  5. Trend: Eliminate Schools for the Deaf??!!
  6. Quiet Campus – A short form reality show on the Gallaudet Campus
  7. Rush University Word Knowledge Study
  8. In Our Library: Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes you Knew by Ellen Notbohm (book)

 

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Video Games Are Actually Good for Kids

While playing their favorite video games, kids are casually practicing many of the same academic and thinking skills that they need to be successful at school and in the rest of their lives. Learning Works for Kids, teaches you how to take this play time and turn it into real-world improvements in several critical areas: Working Memory, Planning, Organization, Focus, Self-Control, Self-Awareness, Flexibility, and Time Management.
http://www.learningworksforkids.com

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The Importance of Offering Children Choices

“Either tuning out or acting out might signal that a student was burning out. In both cases, he or she would presumably just go through the motions of learning, handing in uninspired work and counting the minutes or days until freedom.” “The best predictor [of burnout], it turns out, is not too much work, too little time, or too little compensation. Rather, it is powerlessness - a lack of control over what one is doing.” … "students are rarely invited to become active participants in their own education.(1) Schooling is typically about doing things to children, not working with them. An array of punishments and rewards is used to enforce compliance with an agenda that students rarely have any opportunity to influence.” “To talk about the destructive effects of keeping students powerless is to describe the benefits of having a sense of self-determination.(3) Five such benefits seem particularly compelling.”

  1. Effects on General Well-Being
  2. Effects on behavior and values
  3. Effects on academic achievement
  4. Effects on teachers
  5. Intrinsic Value
To read more visit: http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/cfc.htm

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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates

Thank you for sharing Jennifer Vincent
Get the gist by watching this 10 minute (vividly animated) synopsis of Dan Pink’s book, Drive.
Dan argues that once the requested task is above a rudimentary skill, if it involves higher level cognitive effort or creativity, the higher the reward – the lower the performance.
So what three factors lead to better performance and personal satisfaction? How do you increase motivation and engagement?
  1. Autonomy – being self directed
  2. Mastery – desire to get better at what we do
  3. Purpose – making a difference, contributing
See for yourself … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

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Trend: Eliminate Schools for the Deaf??!!

Below are links to the recent New York Times articles and a believed corresponding push to eliminate residential schools for the deaf.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/03/push-to-insulate-deaf-students-from-dissimilar-school
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/07/31/do-states-need-schools-for-the-deaf/give-parents-of-deaf-children-a-choice-in-education
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/07/31/do-states-need-schools-for-the-deaf/what-the-law-says-about-educating-the-disabled
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/07/31/do-states-need-schools-for-the-deaf/the-price-tag-for-schools-for-the-deaf


Here is a response written by Howard Rosenbloom of the National Association of the Deaf, sent to, but not published by, the New York Times:

http://www.nad.org/news/2011/8/nad-responds-new-york-times-debate-deaf-education

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Quiet Campus – A short form reality show on the Gallaudet Campus

Quiet Campus goes inside the lives of four young, deaf college students from Washington D.C.’s Gallaudet University, the leading institution for liberal education for deaf and hard of hearing students. From football games and gossip to classrooms and parties, these students give mtvU viewers a compelling, unseen look inside campus life and “deaf culture” at Gallaudet.

Press release about the show:
http://mtvpress.com/press/release/mtvus_quiet_campus_explores_the_reality_of_deaf_culture_on_campus
Watch a snippet/trailer here:
http://www.mtvu.com/on-campus/quiet-campus-takes-you-into-the-lives-of-deaf-college-students
Here’s the short and sweet, episode one:
http://www.mtvu.com/shows/shows-featured-content/quiet-campus-episode-1

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Rush University Word Knowledge Study

Rush University is looking for children between 6 and 9 years of age who wear hearing aids. The children will participate in tests of word knowledge, storytelling, and non-verbal aptitude. Testing takes place at Rush Chicago or Mt. Prospect. All results are kept confidential. Participants will receive a summary report of their child’s performance and a $40 gift card to Target.
If you are interested, please contact Dr. Derek Stiles at 312-942-9967 or [email protected]

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In Our Library

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes you Knew by Ellen Notbohm (book)

Summary: Step-by-step guide to working with deaf children ages three to twelve; includes play activities to help improve communication, problem solving exercises, and relationship building strategies.

Link to Catalog

**Remember our materials are free to borrow and will be mailed to you directly with return postage included. You are invited to take advantage of this extremely valuable resource. The library consists of an expanding collection of over 1200 items, including books, videotapes, audiotapes, test kits, and games related to deafness, deaf culture, sign language, audiology, mental health, behavior management, parenting, and administration. For more information or to request a specific item, please call ISRC at (847)559-8195 or (800)550-4772, e-mail us at [email protected], or visit http://www.isrc.us **

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