Presentation Topics

ASLTA Certification system Overview

In this workshop, the Evaluation and Certification Director will walk participants through the components of the two tier ASLTA certification program. The intent is for attendees to understand the criteria for both the Certified certificate and the Master certificate, as well as the differences between each level.

Teaching Methodology

In this workshop, the Evaluation and Certification Director will share resources and present an overview of teaching methods and encourage participation from participants to determine which teaching method/s they use in their classes. This will help better understand and prepare for this crucial element of the ASLTA certification process.

Amy June Rowley

Amy June Rowley

Dr. Amy June Rowley is the Coordinator of the American Sign Language program in the Modern Languages and Literatures department at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB). She holds a professional level certificate from ASLTA. Her research interests are systemic and hierarchal structure of American Sign Language programs in postsecondary institutions, and relationships between students/interpreters and the Deaf community. ASLTA certified.


Lesson Planning and Assessment

In this workshop, Sharon Lott will provide an in-depth overview of expectations for the lesson planning and assessment portfolio documents for individuals interested in pursuing ASLTA certification.

Sharon Lott

Sharon Lott

Sharon Lott is the ASL Training and Evaluation Coordinator at National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. She possess a Master’s degree in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet. She has over 30 years of ASL Teaching experience at community colleges, universities and Schools for the Deaf. ASLTA certified.


ASL Honor Society: Why, What and How

Did you know that the ASL Honor Society is open to ALL ASL programs: Deaf, hearing, high school and college/university? Yes! Come and meet the ASLHS Board to learn more about what our program has to offer, how to join, and all the benefits for students, teachers, and ASLTA! We look forward to meeting you and sharing our work!

Christine Sharkey

Christine Sharkey

Christine Sharkey is the current national coordinator for the ASL Honor Society. She teaches ASL K-12 at the Delaware School for the Deaf and holds Professional level ASLTA certification. Christine earned degrees in Deaf Education, K-12 Education, and is pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on proficiency of ASL high school students through interaction with native ASL users. At home, Christine enjoys cheering her 2 CODA sons in soccer, lacrosse, scouting and theatre. ASLTA certified.


How to Apply for ASLTA Certification

In this workshop, the Evaluation and Certification Director Amy June Rowley and Chapter Affiliation Director Beatrice Pfaff, will review the process of applying for both Certified and Master certification from ASLTA, including basic requirements, the applicant portfolio, and how to prepare for a successful application.

Bea Pfaff will share her experience on how to apply for ASLTA Certification in this workshop led by Dr. Amy June Rowley.

Bea Pfaff

Bea Pfaff

Beatrice Pfaff, ASLTA Chapters Director, is third generation Deaf with two Deaf sons. A Gallaudet graduate, an MA from Ball State University and ASL specialist from Western Maryland College, Beatrice has over 35 years teaching and community service experience, including board positions for several organizations and now teaches ASL at Butler University. ASLTA certified.


Introduction to Parliamentary Law and Procedures

This workshop covers a brief history on parliamentary process, how Robert’s Rule of Order is structured, the intent and rules of motions, bylaws, and other governance topics. How to become a parliamentarian is also covered.

Mark Apodaca

Mark Apodaca

Mark Apodaca, MBA, RP is a member of both the National Association of Parliamentarians and the American Institute of Parliamentarians, and has served on various boards of nonprofit organizations since 1983.


ASL Can-Do Statements

In 2017, ASLTA and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) partnered to create a comprehensive set of ASL-centered Can-Do Statements for ASL learners. Since 2017, the committee has worked on developing can-do statements that best assess what languages learners can do with ASL and cultural content.

The committee will discuss the purpose of ASL Can-Do Statements, the importance of using ACTFL’s standards and expectations, and what will the new statements mean for ASL teachers and their programs. The committee will also describe the process of developing can-do statements, including its challenges and share examples of their work.

Nicholas Lalanne

Nicholas Lalanne

Nicholas Lalanne is a full-time lecturer at the University of Vermont where he currently teaches ASL courses. He went to Gallaudet University and received his B.S. in Computer Information Systems. After that, began teaching ASL and Deaf Studies, and his passion for teaching began to blossom. He then earned a Master’s in Sign Languages Education (MASLED) at Gallaudet University. During his graduate studies, he took courses in Linguistics, Theories of Languages, and Teaching Methods.

Jason Listman

Jason Listman

Dr. Jason Listman is an Assistant professor in the department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education (ASLIE) at the National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He received his Ed.D Degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College, an MS in Secondary Education and a B.S. in Psychology, both from RIT. His research interests include mentoring in undergraduate research, resilience characteristics in the deaf community, signed song translations, and effectiveness of ASL teaching.

John Pirone

John Pirone

Dr. John Pirone is a Lecturer/Program Coordinator of American Sign Language at the University of Vermont. He has taught a wide range of courses including ASL, ASL and Deaf literatures, Deaf Studies, and Deaf Culture for over 15 years. His research interests are ASL pedagogy, Deaf epistemology, and educational equity. Dr. Pirone received his Ed.D from Northeastern University.

Tom Wills

Tom Wills

Tom Wills lives in Portland, Oregon and has been teaching ASL for 23 years at the high school and college levels. He taught ASL at Battleground High School in Battleground, Washington and is currently teaching at Southridge and Mountainside High Schools in Beaverton, Oregon. Tom currently provides dual college credit for his high school students through a partnership with Portland Community College, and also has taught ASL part-time there in the past. ASLTA certified.