Have you walked in my shoes?: Immigrant Families of Deaf Students of Color and their Transcultural Identities in a Monocultural Educational Framework (Session 1C)
Main Topic: Deaf Community
Session Type: Skill Share
So you walked in my shoes? How far did you get?! Deaf Education encompasses a student demographic known to be diverse in race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, prior educational experience, and varied language/communication preferences. Due to low representation of teachers of color in Deaf Education programs, much of the educational framework in the field of deafness is from the “mainstream” perspective. This experiential presentation uses a mix of whole group and small group activities to focus on examining the needs of Immigrant and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Families with Deaf children in your classroom. Attendees will learn how to design and implement lessons, activities, and assessments that support the diverse backgrounds of deaf students of color and their families. Attendees will also evaluate the current monocultural educational framework used in the classroom to determine if it meets the needs of their current Immigrant and BIPOC student demographic. When you walk in their shoes, how far do you get?
- Analyze their current educational framework used in the classroom for multicultural competence (or lack thereof)
- Self-reflect on teacher biases that can directly impact classroom lessons, activities, and assessments
- Take away 3 instructional strategies to use in the classroom to support deaf students of color and their families
- Create a sample lesson outline showcasing and integrating the diverse cultures of the students you serve in your classroom
- Develop a plan on how to involve immigrant and BIPOC families in the curriculum
Keywords: Diversity, Intersectionality, Family Support, Resources, Social Concerns, Curriculum & Instruction
Mrs. Melissa ScrevenMulticultural Teachers of the Deaf, LLC - Chief Operating Officer
Multicultural Teachers of the Deaf, LLC
Melissa Screven is an Instructor of American Sign Language (ASL). She currently teaches ASL at both the secondary and collegiate level. She owes her love of ASL to her Deaf family members who have inspired a deep appreciation of the culture and language of the American Deaf community. She has been ensconced within the Deaf community for over 15 years in the areas of New York and New Jersey. To formally continue her studies in ASL, Ms. Screven obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting from Bloomsburg University. As an ASL/English Interpreter, Ms. Screven specialized in the areas of Education and Medicine. Later, she received her Masters in Education in Foreign Language Pedagogy to be able to teach ASL as both a first language for deaf children and for students seeking to learn ASL as a second language. In addition to having a K-12 certification in Teaching ASL as a World Language, Ms. Screven has held faculty and/or administrative appointments in Interpreter Training Programs, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, and Curriculum Writing (ASL and ESL).
Mrs. Rasheda GarciaMulticultural Teachers of the Deaf, LLC - Chief Executive Officer
Multicultural Teachers of the Deaf, LLC
Rasheda Garcia, is a military wife and a mother of two young children. She has her Bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language Interpreting and Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Bloomsburg University. She also attained her supervisor certificate and is currently in the process of obtaining a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University. Rasheda has been teaching Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing students (K-12) for over 15 years in various states (NJ, NYC, and Alaska). In order to better understand how to support the improvement of her Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing students and get them to the level of their hearing peers, she taught in General Education for two years in Richmond, VA. In conjunction with teaching K-12 students, she also teaches American Sign Language at the collegiate level for Montclair State University and at The College of New Jersey. Her passion for her field thrives on best practices not only for her students, but for their families and their communities. It is important to her that all aspects of her students’ lives are supported to ensure they succeed, not only academically but globally.