Conference on Educating Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students  

March 24, 2017

Radisson Hotel, Cromwell CT
(Formerly the Crowne Plaza)






7:30 - 8:15 am

8:15 am
Jeff Bravin, Executive Director, ASD
Attendees must be seated by 8:15 in order to be eligible for the IPad.

8:45 - 10:00 am KEYNOTE
The Cart Before the Horse: Developmental Designs for Instruction
Todd A. Czubek, M.Ed. & Kristin A. Di Perri, Ed.D.
In our first year as teachers, many of us quickly realize that the job was not exactly what we envisioned. In fact if we had fully known what the job description truly entailed we might have reconsidered our future career! Though the obstacles we face in providing clear, accessible instruction are many, in this keynote we will focus on one major aspect: the design and implementation of lessons that are conceptually grounded and developmentally ordered. We will discuss new ideas about creating instruction that orients from our students needs rather than a prescribed point of entry that does not include the foundational information our students need. Through a lens of comprehension and success, applications across the curriculum will be reviewed.

10:00 - 10:15 am BREAK
Instructional Materials and Educational Resource Displays

10:15 - 11:30 am 

A. A Comprehensive Approach to Grammar Instruction: The Bilingual Grammar Curriculum 
Todd A. Czubek & Kristin A. Di Perri 
When looking at a student’s writing sample the teacher often laments, “where do I even start?” In this workshop it is our goal to address this question head on with real answers. We will provide an overview of our Bilingual Grammar Curriculum (BGC). The purpose of the BGC is to build DHH students' grammar skills by using a developmental, conceptually grounded and sequential ordered approach that reduces the propensity for gaps in knowledge and independent use. Participants will become familiar with the scope and sequence of Levels 1-3, view lesson ideas, and review effective student progress monitoring.

B. Technological Advances in Audiology 
Diana Gonzalez, Au.D., CCC-A & Donna Blain, M.A., CCC-A 
Discussion on the newest audiological advances in Technology including the newest hearing aid features, Bahas, Cochlear implants, connectivity, and DM vs FM technologies for the classroom.

C. Deaf Children in Regular Education Classrooms: Ingredients for Success 
Jennifer Del Conte, M.Ed. 
How can we best support the success of Deaf/ Hard of Hearing students in the public school setting? This workshop will look at strategies and accommodations to support the deaf learner in the classroom.  

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

12:30 - 1:45 pm

A. Understanding Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students' use of ASL Features in English Text
Hannah Dostal, PhD. Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, University of Connecticut
In this session we will examine how ASL features surface in the writing of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students with varied first language experiences, and discuss instructional responses to patterns in student writing that support the development of both ASL and English.

B. Deaf+: Take-Aways from the Therapy Room
Kimberly Sanzo, M.S., CCC-SLP & Lisa Bywater, M.S., CCC-SLP
This session will highlight strategies for developing language for every student with a focus on tools, activities and applications to maximize potential. Many students come with multiple barriers to academic success including: low vision, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), learning differences and/ or cognitive delays. Come fill your toolbox with new ideas or tried and true oldies that still work!

C. Secondary Transition at a Glance
Patricia Anderson, Ph.D. Educational Consultant,
CSDE Students with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 21 who are receiving special education services on an IEP must be provided with transition planning and services. This session will review the secondary transition planning process through a discussion of the Transition Bill of Rights and the CORE Transition Skills. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about how to assist students to successfully transition to life after high school, including working with adult service agencies.


Kristin DiPerri, Ed.D. is an independent educational consultant and literacy development specialist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. She has presented numerous workshops and presentations throughout the US and abroad to teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. For over 30 years she has worked as a classroom teacher, a researcher, an instructor in the Deaf Education program at Boston University and as the English Literacy Coordinator at a residential school for the deaf. For the past several years she had been working with several schools/programs in the country to implement new literacy programming approaches to meet the diverse literacy needs of DHH students. Through discussion and demonstration lessons, teachers receive training that is hands-on, comprehensive and applicable to their students. Materials and assessments provided to teachers support their personal needs for instruction. She is the author of several instructional publications: 5 workbooks for students, the Bedrock Literacy Curriculum and co-author with Todd Czubek of the Bilingual Grammar Curriculum. She is the owner of Bedrock Literacy & Educational Services.

Todd Czubek, M.Ed. Todd Czubek, co-author of the Bilingual Grammar Curriculum, is finishing his PhD studies in Applied Linguistics at Boston University. He has been involved in multiple projects designed to improve teaching strategies, student outcomes especially as it relates to the role of ASL in Deaf children’s academic programming. Todd is a faculty member of Boston University’s Programs in Deaf Studies, working on his dissertation (studying discourse proficiencies in American Sign Language and their implications for academic success and resource development). Todd’s interests also include exploring how the modality and affordances of ASL, as well as ASL Literacy, can contribute to rethinking texts, composition, genre, and instruction for Deaf children. Kristin DiPerri, Ed.D 2:00 - 3:00 pm Chromebooks and Google and Programs, Oh My! Jane Amoruso, M.Ed. & Jennifer Hong, M.Ed. Enhance your instruction, promote executive functioning, AND have fun




ASD Conference on Educating Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

March 24, 2017

Pleas select ONE workshop in each session (descriptions on conference page)

10:15AM - 11:30AM​​​​​​​​​​


You will receive a certificate of completion subsequent to your participation in this activity. 

For questions regarding the conference, please contact Betsy Denorfia by phone at 860.570.2209 or by e-mail at 

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