The Online Itinerant

The Online Itinerant is an online community and training portal for professionals and families of students with hearing loss. 

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October Meet-Up: A Fresh Idea in Consulting

Join us LIVE on October 10th at 7:00 pm CST with Abby Zoia and Jessica Klein from the Central Institute for the Deaf

The role of the teacher of the deaf has transformed in recent years.  In the past, the teacher of the deaf was primarily providing direct services to children with hearing loss.  Now, as the number of children being served increases and the number of teachers of the deaf decreases, their time is being allocated to providing consultative support to a variety of professionals, including general education teachers, special education teachers and speech-language pathologists. Typically, these consultative minutes are carried out in person or over the phone; however, barriers such as time, travel and scheduling can result in infrequent or ineffective sessions.  To increase both the frequency and the quality of services, a remote option can be utilized. This training will cover the benefits to providing services using a remote platform, best measure practices to be taken into consideration before beginning consultations and the areas of knowledge that can be imparted to ensure that the unique needs of each student and teacher are addressed.

**This training must be viewed LIVE.  Access to the training afterward is limited to Professional Academy Members Only. 

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What's New With The Online Itinerant?

The Online Itinerant and Supporting Success are now teaming together to offer high quality professional development – Monthly Meet-Up presentations, and FaceBook ‘micro-learning’ posts. You can pay to view single webcasts, and/or become a member in the Professional Academy.

THE SIGNING ROOM

An Intermediate Level Sign Program

NEW THIS FALL!  

This is an intermediate level sign language "class" - but not a class in the normal context!  This opportunity is all about bringing your conversational and academic sign communication to the next level.  It is formatted in a very natural way by giving you conversational opportunities with others advancing their sign language skills, as well as Deaf adults in a small group and 1:1 setting - all through the internet.  Participants meet together through a virtual format for an hour to practice their signing and get feedback from Deaf adults on how to improve their sign abilities.  Topics of conversation and conversation starters are provided the week before, allowing you to practice your skills prior to meeting with the group.  Although this is not strictly an ASL class, there is an emphasis on increasing use of classifiers and facial expression to improve communication.  These skills are useful no matter what form of sign you are using.  

Research shows that the best way to build language is to participate in ongoing give-and-take dialog.  This program will do that through Deaf Language Models and other intermediate level peers wanting to increase their sign language abilities.   
 
 
Requirements to participate in this program include:
1.  A foundation in sign language.  Best recommended for people who have the vocabulary usually taught in ASL 1 and ASL 2.
2.  A strong internet connection (recommended 600kbps/1.2Mbps)
3.  A webcam and regular sized computer screen (no phones) with  good lighting 
4.  A quiet and distraction free environment during the class. 
 
Interested parties need to take a 15 minute "interview" to identify if the class is a good fit.  After the interview, you will be personally contacted about the class and given a personal invitation to participate if you qualify.
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TRAININGS FOR PROFESSIONALS AND FAMILIES

Learn more about how to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children! Access trainings online 24/7 and connect with our active community, providing you with new knowledge, resources and support as you meet the needs of students who are deaf and hard of hearing!

What Are People Saying About The Online Itinerant?

"As a third year DHH teacher and one who had my first year of itinerant teaching this past school year, this website is such a great tool! The modules are very helpful, offer great insight, and I love that they can be done on your own time. The monthly meet ups are great as well, as it’s a time for us to share ideas and feedback with each other. I am looking forward to the future of the website!!"

Kearsten Jose
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Wausau, WI

"This hour was well spent. I got several wonderful new ideas. It is a real community!"

Stephanie Bauer
Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

"Very informative and great to have all the information in one place. Thank you for the wonderful attachments to use and to help remember things. This is great information and very professionally done. "

Sherri B.
Educational Interpreter, Guttenberg, IA

"I just found the time to complete my first online training with the Online Itinerant and am very happy with the relevance of the information and the supplemental materials. The convenience of being able to watch these any time I want is a great convenience. I look forward to checking out the other available sessions. Thank you!"

Gail Raney
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

""I am amazed at the vast resources offered by the Online Itinerant. The topics are right on target for information and ideas that could help make our job on the road to serve the students more easily with higher quality time. The site strives to produce quality materials and lessons. And the periodic meetings with other colleagues is quite helpful to share ideas and problem solve. This online site is a Godsend!!!""

Michael Soliday
Itinerant Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Indianola, IA

"This signing program was awesome! Stefanie was great. We participated in this signing program to be able to communicate with our non-verbal 3 year old. While we had some basic signs, Stefanie was able to help us start having basic conversations. The online training and resources she had us use really helped us gain more confidence in communicating with each other and our son. We would definitely recommend this training! Thanks Stefanie!"

Laura and Alex
Parents, Fontana, CA

""I just have to say I LOVE what you are doing with the Online Itinerant. You and the amazing presenters have helped me tremendously in such a short time. Thank you so much for all you do. You are truly making a big impact in my life and early education/experience in this profession.""

Tracy Allen
Interpreter and DHH Teacher, Sugar Bush, WI
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