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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Mon May 18, 1998  6:52 am
Subject:  Texas & New Mexico Schools For Deaf

Dear SignWriting List Members:
I am happy to announce that two new schools are now participating in the
SignWriting Literacy Project. Below is the one confirmation letter,
discussing both school's participation in the project, which will
officially begin fall, 1998. Dr. Vicki Everhart, and other elementary
school teachers at the Texas School for the Deaf, will be sharing their
experiences and information through seminars with Steve Nover and others at
the New Mexico School for the Deaf. So the two schools will be "working
together" on the SignWriting Literacy Project.

Gloria Seidlin-Bernstein, the principal of the Texas School Lower School,
called me last Friday and we spoke for 20 minutes about their goals. I am
really impressed with their open minded attitude towards trying new ideas,
and I know we will have a great project!

Here is their confirmation letter:

May 7, 1998

Gloria Seidlin-Bernstein
Principal, Lower School
Texas School For The Deaf
1102 South Congress Avenue
Post Office Box 3538
Austin, Texas, 78764

Valerie Sutton
SignWriting Literacy Project
Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting

Dear Ms. Sutton:
One of our elementary teachers at Texas School for the Deaf, Dr. Vicki
Everhart, had the opportunity to meet with you at a conference in San Diego
and learn about your SignWriting Literacy Project. Dr. Everhart shared her
enthusiasm for involving our students in the project with several teachers
and our curriculum department team members who are participating in a Star
Schools Grant. This grant supports a project that is led by Steve Nover
from New Mexico School for the Deaf. An action research approach has been
utilized with the participants who have been reading about literacy
development, ASL, ESL, and exploring strategies for classroom
implementation to improve the literacy skills of our students.

At this time, two teachers definitely wish to participate in the
SignWriting Literacy Project. While class assignments have not yet been
finalized for the 1998-1999 school year, we anticipate that the students
will be somewhere between second and fifth grade. The teachers will share
their experiences with SignWriting at the weekly seminar that includes all
of the TSD grant participant members. In addition, information will be
shared at monthly forums with Steve Nover. There is potential for the
SignWriting project to expand into other classrooms here at Texas School
for the Deaf as well as New Mexico School for the Deaf based on the seminar

Our school serves approximately 450 students; about 100 of these students
are in our early childhood - elementary program. We have resource staff and
technological support that nurture our neverending goal to grow
professionally for the benefit of our students. It would be our pleasure to
be able to participate in your SignWriting Literacy Project here at TSD.

To assist us with full participation in this project, we plan to create a
permission form to distribute to parents requesting their consent for
students to exhibit their work on the World Wide Web.

Please feel free to call me at (512)389-7221 should you have additional
questions. I look forward to hearing from you.


Gloria Seidlin-Bernstein
Principal, Lower School
Texas School For The Deaf
Austin, Texas

Dr. Vicki Everhart
Ms. Claire Bugen

Valerie Sutton :-)

Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
(619)456-0098 voice
(619)456-0010 tty
(619)456-0020 fax

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