is Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss which has provided online information and resources since 2011. Karen has been in the DHH field for almost 40 years and has written popular checklists (i.e., SIFTERs, CHILD, ELF, LIFE) and authored free topical newsletters that have been received by more than 13,000 people bimonthly since 2012. Her book accomplishments include Building Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom, the Student Communication Repair Inventory & Practical Training (SCRIPT), Building Skills for Independence in the Mainstream (with Gail Wright), Building Self-Confidence & Resilience to Maximize Acceptance of Hearing Devices, Steps to Assessment, and past editor of the Teacher Tools e-magazine. Reach Karen at [email protected]
is an independent educational consultant and literacy development specialist for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. She has presented throughout the US and abroad to teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing. For over 37 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. She consults with several schools/programs in the US and internationally to implement new literacy programming approaches to meet the diverse literacy needs of DHH students. She is the author of several instructional publications: 5 workbooks for students, the Bedrock Literacy Curriculum and co-author with Todd Czubek, Ph.D. of the Bilingual Grammar Curriculum. She is the owner of Bedrock Literacy & Educational Services.
has been teaching students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 1988. She has had experience in the self-contained classroom as well as in an Administrative role. However, her passion always brings her back to the Itinerant setting. She loves sharing her passion for the Itinerant Model of teaching through speaking at a variety of conferences. Her accomplishments include creation of the Monkey Talk Self-Advocacy Game, Hear It, Fix It materials, and as co-author of Building Skills for Independence in the Mainstream with Karen Anderson. Gail earned her BSEd. DHH, MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Type75 Administration degree and Early Intervention certification.
has worked with deaf and hard of hearing children of all ages, across all educational settings, and all communication approaches. She has also served as a Curriculum Coordinator and Director of Student Support Services and has provided early intervention support and advocacy to local families. Born hearing, Karla began losing her hearing as an infant and became profoundly deaf as a toddler. Initially focusing on spoken and listening language in the mainstream setting, by late elementary school she began learning sign language. Karla used an interpreter through secondary school and college. Karla has her Bachelors in Deaf Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education and her Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education. She is currently completing her doctorate in Special Education with a concentration on Deafness. Karla has served as the Teacher Tools Editor for SSCHL since 2019.
is an educational audiologist in the mainstream and residential school settings, technology and social media aficionado, late-deafened adult and bilateral cochlear implant recipient. With her unique perspective and passion for sharing information through social media, she is a sought out international presenter and adjunct lecturer to families, adults and professionals on a variety of topics but especially accessibility through (Hearing) Assistive Technology, apps and other online supports at work, home, school and in the community, including during these pandemic times. Dr. Childress is active on many local and national Boards and Committees where she is a strong advocate for accessibility and disseminating resources. Prior to the pandemic, she has traveled extensively via plane, train and automobile.
is the K-12 Educational Services Manager at Nine East Network, an organization that serves students who are DHH across the state of Vermont. Brittany earned her doctorate in special education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2019, and her Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Smith College in 2011. She previously worked in general education as a second grade teacher, and then in deaf education as an itinerant teacher for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. She has published nationally on topics related to deaf education; most notably about consultation, which is her primary research interest. For more information about the presenter, please visit BrittanyDorn.com.