No Deaf Schools’ History, No A+ Teachers!
Learning American Sign Language is impossible without learning about the culture, which in turn is impossible without learning about its history. We make the case that teaching about the early history of our Deaf schools is a must in teaching any Deaf education, Deaf studies, and ASL studies class. Leaving the workshop, you will have a fuller teaching toolkit with the rationale behind why we must teach about the early history of our Deaf schools, a head start on your teaching with information on the founding of 6 Deaf schools, and then many teaching ideas from a collaborative project that involves making a pledge to be an A+ teacher!
Linsay Darnall Jr., a Nebraska School for the Deaf alumnus and a government major at Gallaudet University, has served local, state, and national organizations in various capacities, mostly in activism, youth, and education. Darnall is a co-founder of the Nebraska Deaf Heritage Museum and Cultural Center. He has received awards and recognition for his work and was honored with an Admiralship from the governor of Nebraska. He is an owner of Darnall Consulting LLC. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska where he enjoys reading and writing.
Hailing from a Deaf family that spans four generations, Sara teaches American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, and Signed Language Interpreting courses at the University of Cincinnati and works as a Deaf interpreter. Sara also serves the Deaf and DeafBlind community in many different ways. Originally from the Chicago area, Sara was an AFS exchange student to Germany and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Communication.
Adonia K. Smith is a proud Georgia native and is the first and only person who has earned a doctoral degree from Georgia School for the Deaf since its opening in 1846, thanks to her hearing family learning American Sign Language. Her BA and MA are from Gallaudet University while her EdD is from Lamar University. Formerly a teacher, Adonia won a federal civil case against Loudoun County Public School in Northern Virginia where U.S. District Court found the school did discriminate against her and did not provide a daily American Sign Language interpreter. Being the co-founder, owner, and Chief Executive Officer of ASL Rose since 2004 allows Adonia to dedicate her creative energy to publishing bilingual materials to contribute to knowledge. Through rain, snow, heat, and cold, you can find Adonia hanging out with her dogs: two young Australian Shepherds, Baylee and Flournoy and an elderly DeafBlind Border Collie, Charm.