A Note from the President….

Warmest Greetings this Winter Season,
 Welcome to the year 2000, a time in which we have already seen a substantial growth in our organization’s membership, an expansion of our teaching strategies and methods through the use of technology and a time for reflection on past accomplishments.  It has certainly been a year of progress and the achievement of many of our united goals.
 I am so excited about the upcoming conference in New Orleans.  We have a great opportunity to share expertise with one another and sustain our professional and personal relationships.  As you know, the theme is “University and School Partnerships: Developing a Vision for Teacher Preparations for the 21st Century.” Thanks to Richard Lytle, Program Chair, the agenda is filled with interesting guest speakers and presentations, including Dr. Connie Schimmel’s pre-conference workshop.  I encourage all of you to attend this session; it promises to be most enlightening.  An entire morning has been set aside for the ACE-DHH technology grant reports and updates.  Richard also invited the CED Advisory Board to meet during the conference.  Time has been provided for us to exchange ideas and information.  In addition, we are extremely pleased that there will be several new participants-attracted by our emphasis on partnerships, technology and, of course, the incomparable location.
 Henry Teller and Kate Reynolds have been working very hard to arrange excellent accommodations and “extracurricular” activities.  You won’t believe what they have planned!  Just imagine a dinner on the riverboat, a reception on the hotel roof overlooking the Mississippi River and our traditional banquet (which has taken on a new, New Orleans appearance).  Need I tell you more?  Please mark your calendars to join us in celebrating our successes at the 2000 conference.

See you all in New Orleans!

Karen Dilka, President

Awards Announcement

Nominations for the Sr. Mary Delaney Honorary Emeritus Life Membership Award are being sought by the members of the Awards Committee. A description of the award and the criteria for eligibility follows:

Sr. Mary Delaney Honorary Emeritus
Life Membership Award
The purpose of this award is to honor the distinguished career of an ACE-DHH member in teaching, research and service in the preparation of teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The nominee currently  must be a faculty member in a program for preparing educators of students who are deaf or hard of hearing and must have been an active professional for a minimum of 20 years. All rights and privileges of membership are provided for life to the recipient, without payment of dues. Members of ACE-DHH may nominate qualified individuals, supported by a minimum of 10 active members along with a short biographical sketch. Nominations with names of active members supporting the nominee as well as the biographical sketch may be mailed or e-mailed to:
Ann Powers
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Southwest Missouri State University
901 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65804

e-mail: arp862f@mail.smsu.edu

The three member Awards Committee will review the nominations between March 1st and 10th. Nominations must be submitted prior to March 1, 2000.

ACEDHH  2000 Conference

Report from the Conference Program Chair

Richard Lytle
Gallaudet University

University and School Partnerships

“Developing a vision for teacher preparation for the 21st Century”

The conference begins with a pre-conference workshop “Everything you don’t know about the brain and didn’t know to ask…..” by Dr. Connie Schimmel.  On Thursday afternoon the conference begins with a keynote speech by Dr. Elizabeth Kozleski from the University of Colorado and the Director of The National Institute on Urban School Improvement.  This presentation will be followed by a panel of university, school and community representatives who will react to the keynote presentation on School and University Partnerships. Following the panel discussion, ACEDHH conference participants will have roundtable discussions about developing school and university partnerships.
It is hoped that this combination of keynote, panel and roundtable discussions will lead to exciting new opportunities for each of us to develop and expand partnerships with schools and community groups.  What  skills, knowledge and characteristics will beginning teachers in the 21st Century need to have if they are to be teachers of excellence for a diverse population of deaf and hard of hearing children?  This is the challenging question  that teacher educators, school leaders and community members will have the opportunity to discuss together Thursday afternoon and throughout our conference.

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