2001 ACE-DHH Conference Theme:
Best Practices in Deaf Education

As the new century begins it is a good time to reflect on those practices that are truly exemplary both in the preparation of teachers and in the teach-ing/learning process for students who are deaf/hard of hearing.   ACE-DHH includes members from very di-verse programs that prepare teachers for deaf education.  When we share the knowledge, experiences and creativ-ity that are the strengths of our preparation programs we are able to enhance the educational experiences of future teachers as well as students who are deaf/hard of hearing.  Our conference this year will focus on the fol-lowing trends in deaf education:
Early intervention – Universal newborn screen-ing will dramatically change our profession.

Our program will be filled with exciting presen-tations, opportunities for sharing our experiences pre-paring educators, time for work on our technology grant, CED site evaluator training, and chances to cele-brate collegiality.  See the Call for Papers in this news-letter.  The deadline for proposals is November 24th.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Joan Wink from California State University at Stanislaus, author of Critical Pedagogy, Notes from the Real World.  If you haven’t yet read this book, I recommend that you do.  It encourages reflection on teaching and learning and inspired me to recall why I first chose to become a teacher.  Dr. Wink also has a book on Vygotsky, which will be published in December.  Her work has primarily been in bilingual education and her experiences and ideas are applicable to all educators.  Dr. Wink will open our conference with her presentation at 1:00 on Thursday, February 22nd.

Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano will lead our preconference workshop entitled Earlier Identification for Earlier Intervention:  Implications for Deaf Education.  Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano, professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the Univer-sity of Colorado-Boulder is the principal investigator of a six-year longitudinal study of the speech, language, cognitive, and social-emotional development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, which is being funded by the National Institutes of Health.  See the preconference workshop registration form in this newsletter.  The workshop will be on Thursday morning, February 22nd  from 9-noon so you’ll need to arrive in San Diego on Wednesday evening.

Karen Dilka and Harold Johnson with the regional directors will be updating us on the ACE-DHH technology grant.  On Sunday morning, February 25th there will be a training session for CED site evaluators.  If you need information about the CED training, contact Tom Jones at tom.jones@gallaudet.edu.

We’ll conclude our conference with a luncheon on Sunday so please try to schedule your flights home late on Sunday afternoon or evening.  Or better yet, stay until Monday and enjoy all that the San Diego area has to offer.  Tom Humphries, Kathee Christensen and Larry Fleischer will provide many suggestions for enjoying San Diego.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the program let me know.

Susan Lenihan