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Wednesday Webinar - Kendall Conversational Proficiency Scale
Presenter: Martha French, Ph.D.
April 19, 2017, 4:00- 5:00 PM EDT
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Webinar Description: In this webinar, Martha French shares information about a widely used classroom assessment of communicative competency for children with hearing loss, the Kendall Conversational Proficiency Levels (P-Levels). Dr. French will share information about the theory and origins of this assessment, how the assessment is implemented, and how student goals are established based on results.

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By Megan Williams
January 20, 2016

STAUNTON — It took only one person to write the history of deaf education in Virginia from 1839 through 1948. But it took 10 people, 10 years to write the continuation of that history through 2014.

It may have taken a long time, and a lot of hard work, said Rachel Bavister, a member of the deaf alumni association and former teacher, but the history of deaf education at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind is an important story to tell.

"This was not my book," Bavister said. "It was a team of people who did all the hard work."

On Wednesday, the book, titled "History of the Education of the Deaf in Virginia," was dedicated to alumni, past and present, at a ceremony in the auditorium at VSDB in Staunton.

Read more  . . . VA Deaf Education.




Evidence-Based Literacy Practices for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Join us for a webinar on Sep 30, 2015 at 4:00 PM EDT. 

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Becoming literate is a complex task. Yet, once mastered these skills open opportunities for a lifetime of learning and enjoyment. Dr. John Luckner, Professor and Coordinator of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (teacher preparation) Program at the University of Northern Colorado, discusses strategies for encouraging language and literacy development of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Target Audience: Teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, general education teachers who work with students who are deaf/hh, special education directors, interpreters, and parents.

This one hour webinar can be accessed from any location. A certificate of participation will be provided for those who complete a short survey at the conclusion.

Wednesday Webinars are sponsored by Outreach Services of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.

Debbie Pfeiffer, Ed.D.
Director, Outreach Services

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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The Extra Mile Program (TEMP) at VSDB

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 07:14 AM PSTVSDB
Thanks to DHHSC

VSDB (VA School for the Deaf and the Blind) is offering K-12 students with vision impairments, hearing impairments, and deafblindness in public school settings the opportunity to spend one week on our campus under the direct care of our school and residential staff. Students will reside on campus and attend classes.  Student IEP goals will be supported.  This is an exciting offering for Deaf, Blind, and Deafblind students from across the state of Virginia to have a shared positive academic and social experience.

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Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind closes dorm to save money, more cuts may come

By Associated Press, 10/13/2013
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STAUNTON, Va. — After a recommendation was made by the state department for planning and budget, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind decided to close one of its four dorms to save money this fall.

Enrollment is down at the Staunton school and the space was unnecessary, at least at the moment.

By closing the dorm the school will see cost savings of $157,424 by cutting utilities and not replacing four staffers who left.

Superintendent Nancy Armstrong was worried that closing the dorm would limit the number of residential students the school could accept — right now there are 72 — but so far the school has not had to turn away prospective students. They still have open seats in all three remaining dorms.

It might come to that, Armstrong said of capping residential enrollment — the school has rolling admission and accepts students all year round — but even if dorm space is maxed out, it’s unlikely that Bass Hall will be able to re-open.

Although it is saving money by closing the dorm, VSDB like all state agencies has been asked by Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office to cut its budgets by 2 percent for the coming fiscal year. For VSDB that could mean an additional $206,000 in cuts.

Armstrong said she doesn’t know if the 2 percent cuts will come to pass in the end, but the school needs to be prepared for them in case they do.

With enrollment down, and the school receiving less state funding as a result, Armstrong said she does not know where that 2 percent is going to come from, but closing the dorm may help a little bit. The school also eliminated an additional 14 positions this year to save money.

An enrollment and projection study shows that the number of students attending VSDB has dropped by 50 percent since 1980 and will continue to decrease over the next 15 years.

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