Change Through Dialog: Working Together to Improve Education and Employment for Deaf Individuals, S. Cawthon, & E. Shadburne; March 23, 2018
Presentation Summary: This interactive presentation by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) will provide an overview of educational and employment outcomes for deaf individuals across the nation. This session will offer an opportunity for educators and professionals working with deaf individuals to engage in a conversation about what is happening related to postsecondary success for deaf students in their community. Participants will engage in group discussions, exchange information among colleagues, and obtain resources and suggestions on how to put research findings to practice in their own contexts. NDC believes that change can only happen if everyone is involved. The input of diverse perspectives is essential to moving the needle in the direction of positive outcomes.
Recommended Resources: Deaf People and Educational Attainment in the United States: 2017, California State Report: Postsecondary Achievement of Deaf People, Research Summarized! Key Impact Areas
Dr. Stephanie Cawthon is a leading scholar in the field and has a deep grasp of the fundamental issues that affect postsecondary success for deaf individuals. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her training is world class. She examines factors related to deaf individuals and their preparation for postsecondary settings, as well as designing accessible learning environments, effective professional development, and culturally relevant and rigorous research design. She has taught deaf postsecondary students in both face-to-face and online platforms. Her personal experience as a deaf person is integrated into her understanding of what it means to navigate academic and professional contexts. Her Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute within the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) at The University of Texas at Austin was designed specifically to provide the highest-quality research-to-practice translation and support to professionals and individuals in the field.
Erika Shadburne is a teacher. She uses all her students have taught her in her 23 years as a teacher to apply data in the classroom and beyond. She earned her B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. from Gallaudet University. Her teaching foundation comes from California School for the Deaf in Fremont and Texas School for the Deaf. In 2002 she founded the Austin Community College ASL-ESOL developmental English program for deaf students, where she taught English for 16 years. On a national level, she has coordinated the implementation of the Gallaudet University Regional Center grant and the National Science Foundation RIT/NTID DeafTEC grant at Austin Community College. She also served as a lead for a national task force on developmental education in 2014. In all of these adventures and in her current role as developmental education specialist at NDC, her focus remains on the students.