This issue of Odyssey, compiled during the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, focuses on how schools, professionals, and families are working together to transform deaf education across the nation, for both in-person and virtual instruction, to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s students.
Commitment to inclusive practices has become a mainstay of American education in response to rapidly changing demographics. Schools and programs are rising to the challenge of meeting the needs of diverse populations of students who may come from homes and families that vary by race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, locality, age, level of education, disability, and language use.
The 17 articles, written by a total of 35 professional and parent authors and focusing on an abundance of topics (e.g., virtual Texas Deaf Ed Road Trip for middle schoolers; reframing academic and functional learning in response to the unique needs of each student; challenges of the face mask mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic; a partnership to transform the way students from across ethnic, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds experience literacy instruction while increasing access to dance education; dismantling racial inequities through diverse children’s literature; co-leadership and community involvement at the Clerc Center; social-emotional learning with adolescents; flipped classroom pedagogy in ASL mathematics; the Fostering Joy movement; creating transformative units/teaching self-determination skills; navigating the pandemic as both a professional in deaf education and a parent of deaf, deafdisabled, and OHKODA children with diverse needs; using ASL graphemes with preschool children to develop their English literacy skills; addressing teacher burnout; using music to transform classes for deaf and hard of hearing students with multiple disabilities through Universal Design for Learning; building a deaf school online in Utah; and the power of transformation in deaf education across the nation), are listed below.
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