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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu May 28, 1998  7:19 am
Subject:  Re: "Curriculum" For Learning SignWriting?

On Wed, 27 May 1998, Joseph Riolo wrote:
>Today, my wife and I had the IEP meetings with the teachers at
>SSSD. (IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan and it is
>required for all "special needs" students in the U.S. It is
>a plan of what the students, that is, my sons, will learn and
>how their needs can be met.) At the end of each IEP meeting
>(one for each of my sons), I mention to the teachers about the
>SignWriting and suggest that they can supplement some light
>activities on the SignWriting to their educational plans.
>The Director of Treatment and Services (a title that covers
>many areas) there said that he will take a look at it but
>needs some kind of "curriculum" on how to proceed with
>the activities on SignWriting. This is where I am stuck
>So, I am asking you if you have any "curriculum" that you
>can share with me. Then, I can give them to the director.
>I tried to look for it in the Literacy Project but could not
>find it. Maybe, I missed something. (By the way, I doubt that
>they want to join the Literacy Project. While it is a big
>project, I am hoping that anyone can suggest a kind of "mini-
>I realize that this may be a difficult request to be fulfilled
>but it is better to ask than never to ask.
>Many thanks,
>Joseph Pietro Riolo

Good Morning Joe!
It is so wonderful to hear from you! I enjoyed reading about your family :-)

In regards to your excellent question about curriculum...I am so glad you
brought this up. It is an important subject to discuss.

The SignWriting Literacy Project is an experimental project to see if there
is enough interest and enough positive feedback from students, parents and
teachers to warrant the development of an "official SignWriting curriculum"
in schools.

So developing "official curriculum" is the next step, after the SignWriting
Literacy Project is completed.

In general, we are providing instruction to the teachers who participate in
the project. And we will definitely give every teacher and student our full
technical support. We are developing Teacher's Manuals and other materials,
that hopefully will provide some structure and guidance. But on the other
hand, I am also hoping that each teacher will develop "different ways of
teaching" the materials, and will then share their teaching methods with
us. That way we can learn from each other, which will lead to better
curriculum development later.

So any school interested in participating in the project at this moment,
clearly has a pioneering spirit!!

I will be happy to send your school all of the materials as my gift, and I
understand they do not want to be involved...that is fine. Perhaps later,
when official curriculum is developed, they may be interested :-)

So write to me with the school's street address, or perhaps you would
prefer that I send the materials to you? That would be fine too :-)

Please send my best to your family - I can imagine your boys are big now!!

All the best -

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

  Replies Author Date
175 Re: "Curriculum" For Learning SignWriting? Joseph P. and Connie M. Riolo Fri  5/29/1998
206 Special Feature Posted :-) Valerie Sutton Sat  6/13/1998

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