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Academic Success for All Students

Bridging the Unique Educational Context of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and the Broad Accountability Policies of Public Education

What is an accountability reform? What does accountability measure? How do we measure progress? These are just some of the topics author Stephanie W. Cawthon discusses in her new book Accountability-Based Reforms: The Impact on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. In this new volume, the first in the Deaf Education series, Cawthon examines how elements of the No Child Left Behind legislation affected deaf and hard of hearing students, with recommendations for future action by educators, parents, researchers, and education policymakers.

“The initial impetus for this book began during my graduate studies in Educational Psychology,” Cawthon shares. “While in graduate school and in the years that followed, I had the opportunity to work with teachers and district administrators who were grappling with how to implement large-scale educational reforms with students with such diverse linguistic and academic backgrounds. The reality of educating students who are deaf or hard of hearing within a systemic framework, with factors that carried both from the student level and from the larger state and federal level, challenged me to look at the impact of educational policies on deaf education from both an interdisciplinary and interactional lens.”

Read chapter one, The Deaf Education Context, and order Accountability-Based Reforms at your exclusive subscriber rate of 20% off the regular price. For online orders, type “APR2011” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the checkout button, or order by mail.


Expanded to more than 1,900 sign illustrations arranged by 40 basic handshapes, this bestselling reference enables users to look up signs they have seen without knowing their English meaning, with a fully cross-referenced English index and a DVD featuring native signers forming every sign. CHOICE magazine gave high marks to the the first edition, and now chimes in with another review of this updated, revised edition stating, “This dictionary will be useful for deaf schoolchildren who want to learn more about their first language, ASL; and for hearing and deaf adults learning ASL as a second language. Summing Up: Recommended.” The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary was also highlighted in Reference and Research Book News in a recent review: “327 new signs and a DVD-ROM have been added to this second edition of Tennant and Brown’s American Sign Language [D]ictionary. The over 1900 entries are organized by 40 basic handshapes. Also included is an index of alphabetized English glosses referencing the corresponding ASL signs; the dictionary is thus of interest to both learners of ASL, and signers.” Order your copy now!


As noted by editors Debra Russell and Sandra Hale, Interpreting in Legal Settings, the fourth volume in the Studies in Interpretation series, “endeavors to bring [forth] evidence-based practices from both signed and spoken language interpreter researchers with a particular focus on the work that occurs in legal settings.” The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education has kind words for this collection: “The authors’ scientific approach to courtroom interpretation has made justice more attainable in two ways. First, it unites judicial systems all over the world in the effort to understand how the use of language and those who interpret it are vital to the delivery of justice. Second, it validates and protects the right of those who speak, or sign, a language different from the one used in a courtroom. Although the march toward justice remains long, this scholarly discussion of how spoken and sign language interpretation impacts the judicial process will shorten the journey. This book is a great step in the direction of justice.” Read chapter two, Interpreting in Asylum Appeal Hearings: Roles and Norms Revisited, and order Interpreting in Legal Settings.


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