Saturday, January 29, 2000

R.C. Cook Union

The University of Southern Mississippi

Jointly sponsored by


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    The USM Conference on Literacy is jointly sponsored each year by
the USM student chapter of the Convention of American Instructors
of the Deaf, the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association:
Special Interest Division for Teachers of the Hearing Impaired,
and the USM Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The purpose
of this conference is to share current literacy strategies and research
aimed at more fully developing the literacy of deaf and hard-of-hearing
individuals. Educators of the deaf, other professionals providing
educational services to deaf students, and students studying deaf
education will benefit from attending this conference. A secondary
purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for professionals
and students to communicate and share ideas and teaching strategies
through poster sessions and informal conversation.


Dr. David Stewart

    David Stewart, Ed.D., Professor and Director of Deaf Education
at Michigan State University, is himself profoundly deaf. A native
of Vancouver, British Columbia, Dr. Stewart taught students who
are deaf and hard-of-hearing at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf
in Burnaby, British Columbia. He has extensive publications on education
and communication issues, Deaf culture, and the participation of
deaf persons in sports. His latest book, The Signing Family, 1999,
coauthored with Dr. Barbara Luetke-Stahlman, recently won the American
Library Association's Best-of-the-Best Award from the University Presses.
    Dr. Stewart has presented at conferences concerned with improving
the education of deaf students throughout North America, Europe,
and New Zealand. A former hockey player, Dr. Stewart serves as Associate
Editor of Palaestra, and he is a member of the Board of Trustees of
Gallaudet University.

Dr. Ruth (Connie) Sue Schimmel

    Connie Schimmel, Ph.D., Founder and President of Fairview Learning
Corporation, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education
at Millsaps College. Dr. Schimmel has taught students who are deaf
and hard-of-hearing in Virginia, Florida, and California and has
served as Curriculum Coordinator for the Mississippi School for
the Deaf. She has done extensive research on the teaching of reading
and writing to students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, students
with learning disabilities, and students who are deaf and blind.

Sandra Goldman Edwards

    Sandra Edwards, B.S., a Bilingual/Bicultural reading Consultant
at Fairview Learning Corporation, is a former teacher at the Mississippi
School for the Deaf. A USM Deaf Education graduate, Ms. Edwards
is a certified interpreter and an adjunct instructor in interpreting
and sign language at Millsaps College and Hinds Community College.
Ms. Edwards has made literacy presentations in several states and
at the First International Conference on Deafness, in Bermuda.


8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

Poster Session Setup

9:00 a.m. Welcome

Dr. Henry Teller, Director
    Education of the Deaf
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
    Chair, Special Interest Division
    Teachers of the Hearing Impaired
    Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Dr. Stephen E. Oshrin, Chair
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Gerald Buisson, M.Ed., Instructor
    Education of the Deaf
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Brandy Williams, President

Charlene Clarke, Secretary-Treasurer
Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf-USM

Student Chapter

9:05 a.m. Literacy across the Curriculum

Dr. David Stewart

11:45 a.m. Poster Sessions

Noon      Lunch on your own

The Union cafeteria (Seymour's) will be
open. Many other restaurants are located just
off campus.

1:00 p.m. More Than You Thought You Wanted to
Know about the Brain But Didn't Know to
Ask (Making sense of brain research:
implications for the classroom)

Connie Schimmel
Sandra Edwards

2:10 p.m. Break

2:25 p.m. Reading ... Pah! Translating Bilingual-
Bicultural Theories to Specific Techniques
for Reading Success
Connie Schimmel
Sandra Edwards

3:35 p.m. Closing Remarks, Announcements, and Plans
for Future Conferences
Dr. Henry Teller

*Sign language interpreters will be available for all conference sessions.


Registration and Fees

The registration fee for the conference is $40.00. The fee for full-time
students with a valid ID is $10.00. USM also will offer .5 hours
of CEU credit for an additional $10.00. Complete the attached registration
form and return it to USM Department of Continuing Education and
Distance Learning by January 14, 2000. Registrations received after
January14, 2000, will be assessed a $5.00 late fee. Registration
may be made in any of the following ways.

By phone: Register with a VISA or MasterCard at (601) 266-4186.

By fax: Register with a VISA or MasterCard at (601) 266-5839.

In person: Come to the USM campus, McLemore Hall, room 307, M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

By mail: Send registration form and fee to USM Department of Continuing

Education and Distance Learning, Box 5136, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5136.

Space is limited, so reserve your place as soon as possible.


Baymont Inn is offering a special Literacy Conference rate of $49.00

plus tax. For more information, call (601) 264-8380 or 1-800-301-0200, or visit their Web site at


Refund and Cancellation Policies

A refund request (made in writing) and received by January 19, 2000,
will entitle the participant to a 100% refund less a $10.00 processing
fee. Refund requests received after January 19, 2000, will receive
a 75% refund less the $10.00 processing fee. No refunds will be
given after January 28, 2000. USM reserves the right to cancel,
postpone, limit enrollment, split or combine courses, change instructors,
or change course locations.

Persons with Disabilities

If a student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans
with Disabilities Act and requires accommodations, he/she should
contact the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) for information
on appropriate policies and procedures. ODA, Box 8586, Hattiesburg,
MS 39406-8586; Phone: (601) 266-5024; TTY: (601) 266-6837; Fax: (601)

For More Information

For further information regarding the Third Annual Literacy Conference,
contact Dr. Henry Teller by phone/voice mail at (601) 266-6042 or
by e-mail at <>. For registration information, call
(601) 266-4186.


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Would you like to showcase your program or the achievements of your
students, or share a teaching strategy?


Space is available for a limited number of poster sessions. A table
will be provided. If you need equipment that you cannot furnish,
contact Dr. Teller by phone at (601) 266-6042 or by e-mail at



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Henry Teller, Ed.D.
Education of the Deaf
The University of Southern Mississippi
Box 5092
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5092
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Harold A. Johnson
Director - CED Web Site
Professor & Co-Director of
the KSU Deaf Ed. Teacher Prep. Pro.
405 White Hall
Kent State University
Kent OH 44242
(330) 672-2294 [voice] 2396 [tty] 2512 [fax]