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Using what we know learning what we need a community of learners for deaf education

Using What we Know, Learning What we Need: A Community of Learners for Deaf Education

May 1, 2008

State Leaders Summit – Great Falls, MT

Harold Johnson/Professor

Michigan State University


Current vs needed community
Current vs. Needed Community Learners for Deaf Education

  • Current Reality:

    • Community of Believers...

      • ...based on an individual, experimental knowledge base

  • Needed Reality:

    • Community of Learners...

      • ...based on a shared, empirically knowledge base


Transition why bother
Transition: Why bother? Learners for Deaf Education

  • Why bother going from the current community of believers, to a community of learners?

    • Recognize, share and build upon the instructional knowledge of existing teachers.

    • Establish collaborative, technologically facilitated instructional teams to address critical problems.


Transition why bother1
Transition: Why bother?... Learners for Deaf Education

  • Facilitate the translation of research into practice and practice into research via efficient and effective interactions between researchers, parents and professionals.

  • Ground the preparation of new teachers in both the realities and success of existing teachers, while simultaneously recruiting new teachers to your state.

  • Establish an interactive “Knowledge Bank” of “What works” for the field of Deaf Education.


Transition how to make it happen
Transition: How to make it happen? Learners for Deaf Education

  • How do we go from our current community of believers, to a community of learners?

    • Three steps:

      • 1. Stories of Success

      • 2. Topical Teams

      • 3. Researcher, Parent and Professional Interactions


Transition how
Transition: How...? Learners for Deaf Education

  • Three steps:

    • 1. Stories of Success

      • Utilize undergraduate preservice teachers to interview and document existing teachers knowledge of what works

    • 2. Topical Teams

      • Utilize collaborative teams of “Master Teachers,” linked via technologies and supported by graduate preservice teachers, to develop empirically based responses to critical problems

    • 3. Researcher, Parent, Professional Interactions

      • JDSDE Author’s Corner


Benefits
Benefits? Learners for Deaf Education

  • What would be the benefits of this transition effort?

    • Establishment of an interactive, Web based, “Knowledge Bank” of “What Works” for the filed of Deaf Education

    • Development of resources and local experts to provide “just in time,” vs. “just in case” professional development

    • Enhancement of teacher preparation and the recruitment of deaf education teachers to your state

    • Recognition for innovation, instructional expertise and educational leadership

    • Collaborative network and pilot data that would provide the foundation for grant proposals.


Next step
Next Step Learners for Deaf Education

  • I have used my ten minutes to share an idea that has the potential to dramatically enhance the field of Deaf Education.

  • I am willing to use $10,000.00 of my existing research funds to pilot the idea.

  • I need three to five states who would like to collaborate with me in this effort. States that are willing to invest time, funds and leadership to establish a community of learners.

  • Please talk with me if you would like to learn more.


Contact information
Contact Information Learners for Deaf Education

  • Harold A. Johnson, Professor

  • Deaf Education Teacher Preparation

  • Michigan State University/College of Ed

  •    Dept. of Counseling, Ed. Psy. & SPED

  • 343A Erickson Hall

  • East Lansing MI 48824-1034

    • [email protected]

    • 517 432-3926 [v]

    • 517 353-6393 [fax]

    • 35.8.171.220 [video phone]

    • edhh_Harold_J [iVisit address]


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