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John A. Logan College 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL 62918 http://www.jalc.edu/gurc

Please consider including your Middle School Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in a fun competition called…

BATTLE of the BOOKS! Interview with Jesse Saunders, Youth Programs and Outreach Coordinator at Gallaudet University

Gallaudet’s Battle of the Books 1. What is the Battle of the Books? The Gallaudet’s Battle of the Books is a competition sponsored by Gallaudet University. There are three groups in the competition. The groups consist of students who read at the 2nd/3rd grade levels, 4th/5th grade levels, and the 6th and above levels. During the Preliminary portion of the competition, each school will be placed in a pool of four teams and play matches against the three other schools in their pool through videophone. Points from each of the three matches that teams play will be added up. The top 16 teams from the Buff group, the top 8 teams from the Blue group, and the top 8 teams from the Green group will then be invited to the Playoffs competition. For the Playoffs, teams will have one match via videophone with judges at Gallaudet. This one match will determine


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Competition. The top 8 teams from the Buff group playoffs competition will get an allexpenses paid trip to Gallaudet University for the national competition. The top 4 teams from the Blue and Green groups’ playoffs competition will get an all-expenses paid trip to Gallaudet University for the national competition. 2. Why did Gallaudet start this competition? The purpose of the Battle of the Books is to promote literacy amongst Deaf and Hard of Hearing Middle School students; promote a spirit of academic competition and good sportsmanship; and to encourage critical thinking amongst Middle School students. 3. Why is this for Middle School students and not Elementary Level students? Elementary school students can participate as long as they are in the 5th grade and above. For more information on Battle of the Books go to, http://www.gallaudet.edu/BOTB.html Or contact Jesse Saunders at jesse.saunders@gallaudet.edu

Deaf Students with Disabilities Network Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center has launched a new website. The Deaf Students with Disabilities Network, the Clerc Center’s new on-line network, designed to provide resources, tools, and information to parents and professionals who have or work with deaf and hard of hearing students with disabilities. Join them at http://deafwdisabilities.grou.ps/

Info to Go If you are looking for information about deaf and hard of hearing children, please check out the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education’s Info to Go webpage. Info to Go, formally known as the National Deaf Education Network Clearinghouse, is one of the six national clearinghouses on disability-related issues. http://www.gallaudet.edu/clerc_center/infor mation_and_resources/info_to_go.html

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The Clerc Center Catalog The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents, and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our mission is to improve the quality of education afforded to deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to age 21 throughout the United States. Educational products and publications are available from the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. There is an alphabetical list of all the products available on the website. Some products are available for purchase and others are free downloadable documents. http://clerccenter2.gallaudet.edu/products/

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The purpose of GURC? •

We provide information on professional development opportunities.

We provide assistance in planning programs or workshops.

We provide academic excellence through Gallaudet University courses.

We provide technical assistance related to the education of deaf and hard of hearing students. The Gallaudet University Regional Center-Midwest is one of the six Gallaudet University Regional Center (GURCs) in the United States that partners with Gallaudet University. Based in Washington, D.C. and chartered in 1864, Gallaudet University is recognized as the premier educator for the deaf community. The GURCs help bring the resources and expertise of Gallaudet University and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center to sites across the country through extension courses, training programs, workshops, conferences, enrichment programs, and technical assistance. The GURC-Midwest serves Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Sheri Cook is the center’s director and Misti Harrison is the center’s

Sheri Cook, Director Office C202B 700 Logan College Road Carterville, IL 62918 shericook@jalc.edu VP: 1-618-565-0054

Misti Harrison, Coordinator Office C202A 700 Logan College Road Carterville, IL 62918 mistiharrison@jalc.edu VP: 1-618-565-0055

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GURC Fall 2013 E-Newsletter  

Battle of the Books, Academic Bowl, Deaf, Students, with Disabilities Network, Info to Go, Clerc Center Catalog, GURC

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