The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is one of the partners in the DeafTEC initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. DeafTEC was developed by Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID).
The DeafTEC website serves as an information and resources hub. National partners continually add resources to the DeafTEC site to allow stakeholders across the nation to have easy access to high quality information.
Project Fast Forward
Through Project Fast Forward, FSDB offers dual enrollment courses on campus for students who are deaf or hard of hearing through partnership with RIT/NTID. While earning high school credit, students can also earn college credit. The goal is to help students gain experience with the rigor of college level coursework and earn credits prior to transitioning to college. Career and Technology Education courses are currently available, with the addition of science courses during the 2015-2016 school year. Students must meet established criteria to take college level courses through Project Fast Forward.
Workshops and professional development events offered through Project Access can be scheduled on request for school district and general education personnel on adapting their teaching styles to create better learning environments for deaf and hard of hearing students. These offerings include simulations, demonstrations of visual classroom techniques, and instruction on effective use of support service providers (sign language interpreters, notetakers, tutors, captionists, etc.). Participants also develop individual teaching strategy plans to implement for follow-up purposes.
Promoting Student Success in Math through Best Practices
Workshops can be scheduled on request for secondary school teachers to learn best practices for differentiating math and writing instruction, ways to make learning more accessible for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and how to take advantage of videos and other resources available on the Promoting Student Success in Math webpage.
Writing in the Disciplines
The Writing in the Disciplines workshop approach recognizes students need a lot of practice and a variety of experiences to become competent writers. Writing activities are incorporated across the subject areas and allow students to write for a variety of reasons. It also supports the development of vocabulary and content knowledge necessary to succeed in content areas.
Request a Workshop
If you wish to request one of the four DeafTEC workshops (Writing in the Disciplines, Math Access Strategies, Project Access, or Class Act and Accessibility Resources), please complete the online request form.
For more information, contact:
Director of Technology
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. DUE-1501756. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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