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

Thinking of what to do this summer? Gallaudet University is steadily growing its course offerings for personal and professional development at a fraction of the cost of college tuition. Registration is two weeks prior to the start of class. For more information or to register, visit http://www.gallaudet.edu/ccs.html Online Courses DEAF STUDIES AND CULTURE ASL and English: Comparative Analysis (3 Credits) May 9, 2014-June 23, 2014 Black Deaf People’s Studies (3 Credits) June 23, 2014-August 15, 2014 Deaf Culture (3 Credits) May 19, 2014-July 11, 2014 Deaf Women’s Studies (3 Credits) June 23, 2014-August 15, 2014 EDUCATION Applications in ASL/English Bilingual Early Childhood Education for 0-5 (3 Credits) May 19,2014-July 11, 2014 Capstone III:ASL/English Bilingual Early Childhood Education for 0-5 (1 Credit) June 16, 2014-August 8, 2014 INTERPRETER EDUCATION NAD/RID NIC Test Preparation: Interview/Performance (1 Credit) July 14,2014-August 8, 2014 NAD/RID NIC Test Preparation: Written (1 Credit) July 7,2014-August 1, 2014 LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY Successful Grant Writing (3 Credits) June 23-August 15,2014 There are so many more I couldn’t list on this. Please click the website above to view many others online.


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Visual Phonics Workshops On the Road with Visual Phonics Trainers For more than 20 years, the Clerc Center has been offering workshops on See-the-Sound Visual Phonics, which can serve as the foundation for literacy development. Participants in these workshops have included parents, teachers, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, sign language interpreters, and school administrators from as far away as Alaska, Brunei Darussalam, and Trinidad. Clerc Center trainers, Betty Waddy-Smith, a speech-language pathologist, and Genie Chisholm, as speech-language pathologist and coordinator of support services, lead one and two day workshops using lectures, video clips, games and other handson activities. In this academic year Waddy-Smith and Chisholm have already presented to school districts in Covington, Louisiana; Manchester,New Hampshire; and Sacramento, California. “The advantage of Visual Phonics is its flexibility,” said Waddy-Smith. “It can be used for enhancing speech skills, spelling, and reading skills with students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing.” Developing phonological skills have in the past been thought of as an auditory task. However, Seethe-Sound Visual Phonics makes phonological skill development a multisensory experience through the use of visual input, auditory input, tactile kinesthetic feedback, and experience in speechreading and oral motor feedback. See-the-Sound Visual Phonics is a system of 45 handshapes and written symbols that help students make the connection between written and spoken language, with each handshape suggesting how a sound is made. The system was pioneered by the International Learning Institute in 1981. It helps individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, students who have intellectual disabilities, and students who have difficulty discriminating between sounds as a result of dialect differences or auditory processing issues. The system can be used as early as 18 months of age through the high school years. For more information on Visual Phonics workshops or other Clerc Center training opportunities offered for educators and professionals working with deaf and hard of hearing students, email training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu or contact Gallaudet University Regional Center-Midwest, Director, Sheri Cook at shericook@jalc.edu

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Publications The 2013 Issue of Odyssey is the largest produced in the history of the publication and included 20 articles by 26 authors on accessing appropriate special education and related services for deaf and hard of hearing students. “The tsunami-like wave of advances in early identification, medicine, and technology and in educational practice, policy, and accountability create both opportunity and risk for the students we serve,” said Ed Bosso, vice president of the Clerc Center, in his introduction. “The stories in this issue of Odyssey illustrate the complexities and challenges faced in obtaining and providing appropriate services for deaf and hard of hearing students…It is my hope that these articles are a catalyst for dialogue and necessary change.” To get access to this issue, Accessing Appropriate Special Education and Related Services-2013 Issue (Volume 14) http://www.gallaudet.edu/Documents/Clerc/Odyssey2013.pdf http://issuu.com/clerccenter/docs/odyssey2013?e=7872249/2591247 There are also excellent issues, which you can download for free on http://www.gallaudet.edu/clerc_center/odyssey.html

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.

Sheri S. Cook, Director Office C202B John A Logan College 700 Logan College Road Carterville, IL 62918 shericook@jalc.edu VP: 618.565.0054

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GURC Spring 2014 E-Newsletter  

Online Courses, Visual Phonics, Summer youth Programs, Odyssey, GURC-Midwest

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