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From:  "Joseph P. and Connie M. Riolo"
Date:  Fri May 29, 1998  12:21 am
Subject:  Re: "Curriculum" For Learning SignWriting?

On Thu, 28 May 1998, Valerie Sutton wrote:
> Good Morning Joe!
> It is so wonderful to hear from you! I enjoyed reading about your family :-)

Hi, Valerie...

It's also wonderful to hear from you and to see so many people take
interest in your work. What a big difference it is from 5 years ago!

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

I understand your plan that you and people in the project are going
to implement. I will relay the information to the director at
SSSD and will encourage him to contact you for any further information.

I lent videotapes and some SignWriting materials to two teachers and
they may take a look at them next few months.

But, do not get your hope too high for SSSD. This time, the principal is
deaf and I have no idea how he will approach SignWriting. I believe
that he has the complete veto power that can stop SignWriting at a
snap. The last time when I approach SSSD four or five years ago with
SignWriting, the principal was hearing but the assistant principal was
deaf who was not hospitable to SignWriting.

Secondly, it is very rare or almost next to impossible that teachers
accept new ideas from parents, unless these new ideas have been
"spoken" or "blessed" by the educators in colleges and universities.

In spite of these difficult obstacles, I think that the wind is


Joseph Pietro Riolo

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