DeafTEC Math Conference – Austin

Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students for Success in Mathematics
DeafTEC Math Conference
Austin, Texas
November 4-6, 2019

Austin, Texas – November 4 – Today, over 100 educators who work with deaf and hard of hearing students all across the country are in Austin for an intensive mathematics conference thanks to DeafTEC (Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students) – administered by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf – and Texas partners, the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) and the Austin Community College.  DeafTEC’s Teacher Training shares best practices to promote increased access to learning for deaf and hard of hearing students, and helps teachers and counselors to best understand select STEM careers and opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
A full day tomorrow led by top colleagues in the field, educators will explore instructional avenues and ideas that stress problem solving and student engagement in teaching mathematics.
Then from the learners’ perspective, day three is an open dialogue with a student-led panel to delve into strategies and techniques students use to master mathematics and apply STEM concepts.
Conference host, Theresa Johnson, of TSD is thrilled for educators to take innovative tools and strategies that lead to student success back to their campuses.  “After the overwhelming response to our last two conferences, we discovered a real need exists for this very specific audience which was not being addressed, Johnson says. “With attendees traveling in from across the country, and even from outside of the country, we knew the interests and professional needs were being met for math and STEM educators working with deaf and hard of hearing students.”

WHAT: Promoting Success in Mathematics Working with Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

WHERE: Texas Education Service Center (ESC), Region 13
5701 Springdale Road, Austin, Texas 78723

WHEN: Monday, November 4
4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Registration; Presenter Panel

Tuesday, November 5
9:00 a.m.

Keynote “Powerful Visual Models” – Pamela Harris

10:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, November 6
9:00 a.m.
Student Panel

10:45 a.m.
Closing Keynote “Finding My Roots in Mathematics: A Deaf Scientist’s Journey into the Oceanic World” – Barbara Spiecker

MORE: A National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education National Center of Excellence, funded through the National Science Foundation and administered by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, DeafTEC is a resource for high schools and community colleges educating deaf and hard of hearing students in STEM-related programs, and for employers hiring deaf and hard of hearing individuals. DeafTEC’s goal is to successfully integrate more deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals into the workplace in highly-skilled STEM related jobs in which these individuals are currently under-represented and underutilized.

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