About The Online Itinerant

Stefanie Kessen, Founder of The Online Itinerant, saw a need for added training and support for those who work with students who are deaf and hard of hearing.     With more than 20 years in the field as Deaf Education, as a Teacher of the Deaf, interpreter, and Education Specialist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, she recognized that the key to changing the lives of the children was to support the adults who work with them.   Through this epiphany, the vision of the Online Itinerant, an online portal that would create a community of support and provide for Professional Development needs and beyond, was born.

Prior to formally launching the Professional Academy on July 1, 2018,  a team of Founding Members worked together to identify the training needs for those who work with DHH students.  During its pilot year, The Online Itinerant's Founding Members engaged in the development of a community that was expansive and powerful in supporting the professional development needs of all members of the IEP team in supporting students with hearing loss.   

In 2019,  Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss teamed together with The Online Itinerant to expand the library of trainings inside the Professional Academy, providing even more support and professional development for professionals who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Beginning fall of 2019, webcasts from Supporting Success were added to the Professional Academy, thus launching the journey of a joint commitment between The Online Itinerant and Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss to offer high-quality professional development to teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing and families of children with hearing loss.

The goal of The Online Itinerant is to build community and provide training, support, and resources for those who are passionate about meeting the needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.   

If you would like more information, contact Stefanie Kessen at [email protected] or Karen Anderson at [email protected]

 

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