Clerc Center Archives

The following links are to previous works of the Clerc Center.


Becoming Bilingual: Facilitating English Literacy Development Using ASL in Preschool (PDF)

Developed for the Sharing Ideas series, this 1997 paper discusses the perspectives of two teachers on the emerging literacy of deaf children within a bilingual framework of American Sign Language becoming the child's first and primary language, and written English the child's second language.

Best Practices in Literacy: It All Connects (PDF)

The Clerc Center's beliefs about the importance of language and communication in the development of students' literacy skills are the foundation of our literacy program. Through a review of best practices in reading and writing, we have identified nine practices (Literacy: It All Connects) that create a comprehensive approach to literacy learning.

Books about Deaf Culture (PDF)

This list, compiled in 2007 at the Clerc Center, highlights many books that are available about the culture, language, and experiences that bind deaf people together.

Books about People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, for Young Readers (PDF)

This list, compiled in 2007 at the Clerc Center, highlights books about children who are deaf or hard of hearing, or are about the topic of hearing.

Community Building: A Positive Approach to Discipline in Schools (PDF)

This 2002 Sharing Ideas paper, developed by Katherine Jankowski, discusses issues behind discipline problems in schools, and makes recommendations for improving discipline.

The Ear and Hearing

These documents, developed by the Clerc Center and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, are designed to teach students about the ear and hearing.

The Ear and Hearing for Older Children (PDF)  

The Ear and Hearing for Younger Children (PDF) 

A Family Guide to Work Preparation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing High School Students (PDF)

This paper, developed at the Clerc Center for A Lifetime of Learning and Earning: A Transition Series for Families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, shares important steps for families to consider in planning their child's transition beyond high school. It focuses on informing families of available services and how they can support their child through the transition planning process.

Family-School Relationships: Concepts and Premises (PDF)

This 1999 Sharing Ideas paper focuses on four areas identified as the dimensions of the family-school relationship: philosophical or conceptual basis for family-school relationships; family involvement; social-emotional and community-based support; and information, education, and skill development.

A First Language: Whose Choice Is It? (PDF)

Developed for the Sharing Ideas series, this 1997 paper addresses some of the issues that affect decisions about providing language input for a deaf or hard of hearing child.

A Good Start: Suggestions for Visual Conversations with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Babies (PDF)

The paper developed for the Clerc Center in 2001 shares suggestions for practical ways to communicate visually with deaf and hard of hearing babies based on research.

Ideal Learning Environment in Literacy: It All Connects (PDF)

Creating an ideal learning environment with high expectations for all students is the goal of incorporating all nine areas of Literacy: It All Connects (from the Clerc Center) into a comprehensive approach.

A Look at Decisions Hispanic Families Make After the Diagnosis of Deafness (PDF)

English     Spanish

This is a Sharing Results paper developed at the Clerc Center. Since individuals of Hispanic descent constitute the largest minority group in the United States, the authors were interested in how Hispanic parents make decisions for their deaf or hard of hearing child with regard to using early intervention services and entering school.  

Planning for Literacy Instruction (PDF)

This 1999 Sharing Ideas paper, developed by Martha French, discusses methods and approaches related to literacy instruction for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Speechreading in Context: A Guide for Practice in Everyday Settings (PDF)

This 1997 Sharing Ideas paper, developed by James Lee, provides a guide to speechreading with children who are deaf, and discusses an experiential approach designed to encourage acquisition of receptive spoken language abilities through meaningful activities.

Student Life in the New Millennium: Empowering Education for Deaf Students (PDF)

This 1999 Sharing Ideas paper, developed by Katherine Jankowski, focuses on student life activities (programming that occurs after typical school hours). It discusses the important role of student life in development, outcomes and benchmarks for development, and recommended strategies and programs.

Transition Planning and Programming: Empowerment Through Partnership (PDF)

This 1999 Sharing Ideas paper, developed by Marita Danek and Howard Busby, proposes 18 premises that describe how parents, schools, and other stakeholders can work together with students to foster an effective transition process.

Where Does Speech Fit In? Spoken English in a Bilingual Context (PDF)

This 1997 Sharing Ideas paper, developed by Sharon Graney, addresses the considerations for developing spoken language for students in a bilingual educational setting. It addresses factors related to bilingual development in two modalities and strategies to address spoken English within a bilingual context.

We are Equal Partners (PDF)

A 2002 Sharing Results paper, edited my Margaret Hallau, is an outcome of a National Forum on Family Involvement, where parents with deaf and hard of hearing children and educators from eight programs from around the country gathered for an intensive, four-day forum. The results of the forum are summarized into recommended practices for involving families in their children's educational program.

Your Child Has a Cochlear Implant: Why Include Sign Language (PDF)

Written by Debra Nussbaum, manager of language development and communication projects at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, this article was published in the American Society for Deaf Children's parent publication, Endeavor in the spring of 2008. 

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