Indiana School for the Deaf is proud to host the 10th annual American Sign Language (ASL) and English Bilingual Early Childhood Education Consortium Summit. The theme for this Summit is:
"Moving Body, Mind, and Heart"
This is an opportunity for professionals to meet together, address the needs of the youngest members of the Deaf community, gain information, and bring home new ideas to try in the area of ASL and English Bilingual Education for children who are diverse Deaf/Hard of Hearing ages birth to eight.
The purpose of the Summit is to identify and evaluate the themes, terminologies, and forms of discourse in early childhood education as they relate to children who are diverse Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Some of the possible issues include: bilingual acquisition , pedagogy, language and literacy, equity and diversity, and family and educator education.
In addition to presentations that address some of these issues, there will be work groups devoted to the application of the information provided by the presentation. The work groups will be divided in several categories: 0-3, 3-5, 5-8, 0-8, and Administrators and Service Providers.
This Summit is designed to address the issues faced by professional who are actively involved in the field of ASL and English Bilingual Education. It is intended for administrators, service providers, childcare providers, early childhood and early elementary classroom staff, deaf mentors, and other related services personnel.
Please note that the Summit is not meant to serve as an introductory conference. It is designed for those who are already familiar with ASL and English bilingualism and desire to enrich their professional development.
The Summit will begin on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and will conclude by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The agenda and presentations will be announced at a later date.