Online Professional Development: Literacy for Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing 101


The Technical Assistance Center for Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TAC-DHH) at the Partnership for People with Disabilities, VCU is again offer a no cost online professional development opportunity for Virginia TODHH, SpEd teachers and others interested in literacy instruction with students who are d/hh.                            

What: Join an online 24/7 Fall Community of Practice on Literacy for Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing 101!

Where: (Google Classroom) Using the Literacy Instruction for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing webinar series produced in 2016 by the Center on Literacy and Deafness (CLAD) through a Google Classroom, you may access 8 webinars and complete short answer assignments for each, posting some of your work as directed for online discussion with fellow Virginia educators. There are also supplemental handouts and/or articles for each presentation to download for your professional use. (CLAD webinars are captioned through YouTube.)

Why: The 2016 CLAD-produced webinars contain evidence-based strategies and resources to help increase the knowledge base of TODHH and other educators responsible for developing the literacy skills of children who are d/hh. This CoP was first offered exclusively to TODHH in February/March 2019.

The Fall 2019 session is being made available to all educators interested in literacy instruction with students who are d/hh in VA public schools and state operated programs. It will provide educators the opportunity to access knowledge in a self-paced format, interact with fellow VA educators and receive recertification points! This Fall 2019 VA-DHH Literacy 101 CoP is worth up to 10 professional contact hours. Complete a minimum of 3 assignments (5 contact hours) or more for up to 10 full contact hours and receive a certificate of completion that may be applied toward recertification.

When: The Literacy-DHH 101 CoP will be available beginning October 1 through November 22, 2019.

Important Access Information

In order to participate in Google Classroom, a Google account is required. This does not mean you need to sign up for a Google email. A Google account is simply a unified sign-in system that gives you access to Google products such as Drive, Docs, Sites, Sheets, Slides and Classroom. You can associate any email address with this account.

If you don’t already have a Google Account, please click on the following link to set one up.

*School-based emails should not be used due to firewalls that could prevent access.

Registration Steps

Step 1 - Register

Click on the link and complete the Google Registration form.

Step 2 – Join Google Classroom on October 1

You will receive an email invitation to your Google Account email address along with the Google Classroom Code to join Fall Literacy-DHH 101. Beginning October 1, use that link to enter the CoP.  

Step 3 – Complete Assignments

There are 8 webinars and assignments. Each webinar is between 20-40 minutes long. The first 2 assignments are REQUIRED*. You must complete just one more of your choice to receive minimal credit (5 contact hours) or up to the full set of 8 (10 contact hours). It is recommended that videos are best watched in sequential order.

The 8 topics are:

  1. *Overview: Literacy with DHH Students (Dr. Susan Easterbrooks, Georgia State)
  2. *The Simple View of Reading-Informing Practice with DHH Students (Dr. Amy Lederberg, Georgia State)
  3. Individualized Intervention (Dr. Carol Connor, Univ. of California-Irvine)
  4. Fingerspelling and Interventions for Early Reading (Dr. Brenda Schick, Univ. of Colorado-Boulder)
  5. Foundations for Literacy: An Early Literacy Intervention (Dr. Stacey Tucci, Georgia Pathways Project)
  6. Reading Fluency in DHH Students (Dr. Susan Easterbrooks, Georgia State)
  7. Vocabulary Intervention for DHH Students (Dr. Shirin Antia, Univ. of Arizona)
  8. Syntax and Literacy for DHH Students (Dr. Susan Easterbrooks, Georgia State)

Registration Deadline:  

Registration is limited to 50 participants. Registration will close when capacity is reached or no later than Friday, September 27, 2019.

If you have questions or need assistance with this process please email Ann and/or Kristen: or


10/1/2019 - 11/22/2019


Ann Hughes
Kristen Stahr


Curriculum/Instructional Methods Hearing Impairment Literacy Professional Development Professional Resources