March 8-10, 2020 • Kansas City, MO


3/06/2019  |   8:00 AM - 3:00 PM   |  Promoting Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students’ Literacy in American Sign Language and English: A Complete Visual Bilingual Approach   |  Vienna

Promoting Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students’ Literacy in American Sign Language and English: A Complete Visual Bilingual Approach

In this workshop, the presenters will discuss research about deaf students’ literacy, personal experiences and research conducted regarding providing deaf and hard-of-hearing students access to academic content in mainstream classrooms, approaches to visually promote both ASL and English literacy with deaf and hard-of-hearing students, educational programs using creative methods, benefits of these methods, and available resources.

  • Understand the basic principles of language development
  • Identify approaches for promoting visual bilingualism
  • List the benefits of bilingualism

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Jennifer Cranston (), 1974, jennifer.cranston@gallaudet.edu;
With two decades of experience working in the field of deaf education, Jennifer holds national interpreter certification from RID at the Advanced level, as well as for K-12 settings. In addition, she earned a level III on Virginia's Quality Assurance Screening for Cued Language Transliterators. She maintains a current Virginia teaching license and possesses endorsements in the areas of Deaf Education PreK-12, ESOL PreK-12, Elementary Education K-6, and American Sign Language (ASL). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education from Flagler College and earned an M.Ed. from George Mason University (GMU) in ESOL Curriculum and Instruction, as it relates to teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the PhD Program for Interpretation and Translation at Gallaudet University. Jennifer has presented at various professional conferences, including TESOL, FLAVA, PCRID, VRID, and Silent Weekend. In addition, she has presented workshops for The ARC and PWCS.


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Hilary Franklin (), N/A, hilary.franklin@gmail.com;
Hilary Franklin has been deaf since birth, and uses cued language and signed language as her preferred visual modes of communication. She has been cueing since she was 3.5 years old and signing since middle school. She earned her B.A in Public Policy with a focus on education policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her M.A. in Teaching American Sign Language as a Foreign Language from Teachers College (Columbia University). She has also been a certified instructor of Cued Speech since 2005. Ms. Franklin taught ASL at UNC, Barnard College, Howard Community College (MD), and Booz Allen Hamilton. She has taught or presented Cued Speech workshops at Teachers College, Gallaudet University, Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC), Northern Virginia Community College, Potomac Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PCRID) Conference, Montgomery County Public Schools (MD), Northern Virginia Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Association of College Educators - Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), Illinois School for the Deaf, and at multiple family camps. She currently resides in Silver Spring, MD, and loves to chat about linguistics with anyone who's willing to listen.


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