VSDB and VDOE Presents: Transitions and Grammar Review

  • 28 Apr 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • VSDB 104 VSDB Dr. Staunton, VA 24401


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VSDB and the VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant present...

Transitions & Grammar Review

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When: Saturday, April 28, 2018

           9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

         Non-Members - $60.00

         VRID Students - $25.00

         VDOE Grant participants- Free

Location: Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind: Chapel Hall 

104 VSDB Drive, Staunton, VA 24401

    Full information in attached flyer: flyer April 28, 2018.docx

    Workshop Information: 

    Transitions in ASL-This morning activity will incorporate transitions in ASL.  Students do not always know how to incorporate transitions or know which transition means what, and when to use them. This workshop will review the purpose and when transitions are used. The afternoon activity will incorporate ASL grammar. While most do know how to use ASL grammar, this is a review to make sure that the students will be able to practice approximately 10 different ASL grammar rules as a refresher. Hands on practice will be provided during both parts of the day. This training will be conducted in American Sign Language.  Voice interpretation will not be provided

    Presenter Biography:

    Dr. Rhonda Jennings-Arey has twenty years of teaching experience at the K-12 level.  She worked at the Maryland Schools for the Deaf in both Frederick and Columbia before returning home to her alma mater, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Virginia.  Rhonda has taught in elementary, middle, and high school, specializing in English and American Sign Language for Deaf students, hearing students as a second language, and hearing faculty and staff.  At the post-secondary level, Rhonda was an adjunct professor at the Piedmont Virginia Community College and University of Virginia and has also taught at Blue Ridge Community College, Towson University, and McDaniel College. Currently, Rhonda is a professor at the University of Louisville.

    Rhonda Jennings-Arey has degrees in Deaf Education, Sign Language Education, Literacy Specialization, and Administration and Supervision. She recently obtained her doctorate degree in Post-Secondary and Adult Education. She is a National Board Certified teacher in adolescent and young adult language arts. She was the co-founder of VSDB’s ASL/English Bilingual Education Training program. She has an ASLTA certification at the qualified level and endorsement in ASL instruction through the state of Virginia. She is currently certified by RID as a Certified Deaf Interpreter where she works as a freelance interpreter for the state of Virginia. 

    To request accommodations or any other questions please contact Kathy Campbell (kathy.campbell@vsdb.k12.va.us) or Tammy Fortune (fortunet@lcsedu.net) for further information.


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