Opening the Pathway to Technician Careers: A Conference for Biology Teachers of Deaf Students
This conference was held October 13-15, 2019 at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. If you would like to receive updates about future meetings and this community's activity, please join the mailing list below:
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In technician education, biology serves as a gateway course for students interested in technical fields such as agricultural technology, biotechnology, and environmental sciences where the deaf/hh population is underrepresented. Improving biology education practices for deaf/hh students has the potential to increase their participation by engaging them at the introductory biology level and lowering barriers to technical career education tracks.
This conference will offer a focused, immersive professional development experience for high school teachers, community college faculty, and interpreters involved in teaching life sciences to deaf/hh students. We will focus on using using literacy-building case-based learning pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, and teaching in American Sign Language (ASL) to enhance student success in biology.
If you have any questions or requests, please contact Hayley Orndorf at hco1 "at" pitt "dot" edu
This conference is supported by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Program (ATE) under award numbers 1834905 and 1834913.