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         March 23, 2017
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Upcoming Important Dates:
4/26/17: NLCSD Scholars and Mentors Meeting; San Antonio, TX

4/27/17 - 5/01/17: Scholars Attend AERA, San Antonio, TX

9/25/17 - 9/26/17: NLCSD Consortium/PAC/
Scholars Meeting, OSEP, Washington DC 

Late Spring 2018: Scholars/Mentors Meeting & Teaching Professor Conference (dates/location TBD)

November 2018: Scholars/Mentors Meeting & TED Conference, Las Vegas, NV (dates/location TBD)

Spring 2020: 
Scholars/Mentors Meeting & CEC Annual Convention (dates/location TBD)

The Ever Growing Newsletter!
The NLCSD newsletter continues to expand! Please be sure to read about many of the exciting things that our scholars (current and previous) are doing within the field of sensory disabilities.

Keep reading to see what the scholars are up to in the Enrichment Program and out in the wider community. We've also added many professional opportunities and resources.  If you are interested in writing about your conference of choice experience or if you'd like to add anything to the newsletter, please contact Emily Vasile, NLCSD Coordinator at

For all general inquiries or questions related to travel reimbursement, please contact The NLCSD at
Congratulations Genevieve!
Genevieve Francoeur-Anderson (NLCSD 2, Cohort 2) was selected as one of the Doctoral Scholars to participate in the Higher Education Consortium for Special Educators (HECSE) Policy Course.

The course is intended to provide a foundation for ten doctoral students who will go on to participate in the full HECSE summit at the conclusion of the short course.  The course also exposes participants to the HECSE mission and activities so that they develop an affiliation as they move forward in their careers.  Per past HECSE practices, only 10 students were accepted for the course; only one per institution.
Pictured above: Genevieve Francoeur-Anderson (NLCSD 2, Cohort 2 Scholar) and her faculty advisor, Dr. Silvia Correa-Torres. 
NLCSD 2 Scholars Represent at AFB Leadership Conference 2017!
NLCSD 2 Scholars participated in revising CEC Standards at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Leadership Conference 2017 in Arlington, VA. 

Pictured from left to right: Ann Pilewskie, Nicholas Trotter, Genevieve Francoeur-Anderson, Hilary Travers, Rachel Schles, Amber Rundle-Kahn, and Lauralyn Randles.
Not pictured: Linda Hagood 

NLCSD 2, Cohort 2 Scholar, Linda Hagood, presented at the conference on autism and visual impairment.
Congratulations Genevieve, Hilary, and Linda - AFB 2017 Delta Gamma Award Recipients!
At the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Leadership Conference 2017, three NLCSD 2, Cohort 2 Scholars, Genevieve Francoeur-Anderson, Hilary Travers, and Linda Hagood, each received the 2017 Delta Gamma Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship Award.

These three scholars were nominated by their professors for their high level of achievement in coursework, commitment to research and/or students they teach, and their potential as future leaders in the blindness and visual impairment community.
Their Words, Their World: Take the Challenge!
NLCSD 2 Scholar, Elizabeth Rosenzweig and former NLCSD 1 Scholar, Jenna Voss share their YouTube video promoting their workshop at the AG Bell Symposium, from June 29th - July 1st.  

Check out their YouTube video promoting their course, Their Words, Their World: Take the Challenge

For more information please click here
My Conference of Choice - Federal Policy Institute

As part of a class on education policy offered by Teachers College, Columbia University, I attended the Federal Policy Institute in Washington, DC, from January 9 through 13, 2017.  The weeklong institute featured panels with prominent policymakers, think tank researchers, and advocacy groups, as well as one-on-one interviews and networking with those on the forefront of crafting education policy at the federal level.

-- Elaine Smolen,  Cohort 2 Scholar

Pictured above: Teacher's College, Columbia University class in the hearing room of the Senate HELP Committee.  Elaine Smolen - back row, fourth from the right.  Dr. Kagan - front row, far left.

Please click here to read more about Elaine's experience at the Federal Policy Institute.
Enrichment Program

Session 6 began on March 6, 2017 and is off to a great start!
Cohort 1 has begun exploring  How Do Values and Research Intersect with Public Policy?  led by Dr. Susan Bruce.

On March 9th, scholars participated in their third webinar with members of the PAC from the following organizations: American Cochlear Implant AllianceCouncil on Education of the DeafHigher Education Consortium of Special Education, and The National Research Training Center of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Cohort 2 has begun learning about  Quality Indicators in Qualitative Research led by Drs. David Smith, Susan Bruce, and Paula Conroy.
The complete 2016-2017 Enrichment Program syllabus for Cohort 1 can be found here

The complete 2016-2017 Enrichment Program syllabus for Cohort 2 can be found here.
Save the Date!
The 2017 Consortium - PAC - Scholars meeting dates have been set.  Please hold Monday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 26, 2017 on your calendar. Meetings will be held at the Office of Special Education Programs in Washington, D.C. 
U.S. Department of Education Seeks Comments on New Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Website
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is seeking input from users of th  website as part of their effort to provide updated, easy-to-navigate IDEA resources to children with disabilities and their families, teachers, administrators, advocates, and other stakeholders.

To help facilitate this effort, OSERS has posted a  blog for users of the IDEA website to provide comments. OSERS continue efforts to improve their online resources as part of their commitment to ensure that infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families have the supports and services they are entitled to under the IDEA.
Pearson Seeks Reviewers for Pre-Kindergarten Nemeth Braille Code Curriculum
Pearson is seeking 20 volunteers to review the Pre-Kindergarten Nemeth Braille Code Curriculum with students who are learning to read and write in braille.   

Please click here for more information.
AG Bell Auditory-Verbal Educator Scholarship
Through the support of legacy donors, AG Bell has established a professional scholarship to support certification of educators through the AG Bell Academy. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist one LSLS professional per year in fulfilling the requirements for certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS™) in Auditory-Verbal Education (LSLS Cert. AVEd).   

Applications are due by 5:00pm EST on April 14, 2017

Please click here for more information.
Doreen Pollack Scholarship
The Listen Foundation established a professional scholarship in the name of Doreen Pollack, a pioneer in the standards of excellence in listening and spoken language. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist one applicant per year in fulfilling the requirements for certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS™) in Auditory-Verbal Therapy (LSLS Cert. AVT).   

Applications are due by 5:00pm EST on April 14, 2017

Please click here for more information.
Employment  Opportunities
The Helen Keller National Center  seeks applications for a P roject Specialist for the  National Center on Deaf-Blindness,   who will conduct an array of NCDB's national technical assistance (TA) activities. The Project Specialist collaborates with other NCDB staff in the design and delivery of formal and informal TA activities to state and multi-state deaf-blind projects and families, in support of priorities that NCDB is funded to address.

Please click here for the full job posting. 
The Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University  is seeking a Grant Project Coordinator in Information Management & Dissemination for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB).

Please click here for the full job posting.
The School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston  seeks applications for an educator in Vision Studies with expertise in preparing teachers of students with visual impairment (TVI) and orientation and mobility specialists (O&M). 

Please click here for the full job posting.
Please click here to apply.
Educational Testing Services of Princeton, NJ is recruiting qualified candidates for the on-site scoring for Praxis Braille on March 27, 2017  at their Rosedale campus in Princeton, NJ.

Please click here for the full job posting.
Salus University College of Education and Rehabilitation Speech and Language Pathology Department  is seeking a full-time assistant/associate professor.  Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the deadline of April 15, 2017.

Please click here for the full job posting. 
Jackson State University Department of Special Education  seeks to hire a program coordinator for the Deep South Synergy (DS² ) Training Teachers of the Visually Impaired Project.

Please click here for the full job posting.
The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes  is currently advertising for two postdoctoral fellows to provide research and analysis support for national-level activities. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please click here for the full job posting.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lamar University College of Fine Arts & Communication Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education  is currently advertising for three faculty positions. The University seeks a person who is fluent in American Sign Language, with high energy, and enthusiasm, and vision to work within the department. 

Please click here for the full job posting. 
The Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders of the College of Education & Human Development in conjunction with Perimeter College of Georgia State University  seeks to hire a Clinical Assistant Professor to direct and teach the American Sign Language Interpreter Education Program.  The search will remain open until filled by a qualified candidate.

Please click here for the full job posting. 
The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee is seeking applications to fill a non-tenure track Clinical Assistant Professor in Deaf Education position. The position begins August 1, 2017. 
Initial review of candidates will begin February 20, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Please click here for the full job posting. 
The Department of Communication Disorders at Marshall University  is seeking a 12 month non-tenure track Clinical Assistant Professor-Early Interventionalist. This position will remain open until filled.

Please click here for the full job posting. 
National Technical Institute for the Deaf is currently advertising for 4 tenure-track assistant professors to teach Developmental English or Composition and Rhetoric in the Department of Liberal Studies. 

For more information please email Dr. Eugene Lylak, Chair, Search Committee-Developmental English ( or Pam Conley - Chair, Search Committee - Comp. and Rec. (
T he Department of Special Education at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, a large public university with state and nationally recognized teacher preparation programs, invites applications for a tenure-track position to be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Low Vision/Blindness (LVB). Initial review of candidates will begin on January 27, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please click here for the full job posting.
The Deaf Studies Department at California State University, Northridge  is currently advertising for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position for 2017-2018. The deadline for applications is April 28, 2017. 

Please click here for the full job posting.
Professional Development Opportunities

March, 2017

National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) Professional Webinar Series: Research in Deaf-Blindness 
(March 22, April 12, April 26, May 10, June 21)


National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI): Continuing Education Courses in  Blindness and Visual Impairment

Perkins eLearning  Self-Paced Tutorials

TSBVI Active Learning  
Upcoming Conferences & Meetings    

March, 2017

3/22-3/24:  2nd International Conference on Teaching Deaf Learners, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

3/24-3/25: Accessibility Summit, Washington D.C.

April, 2017

4/5-4/8: AudiologyNOW! 2017, Indianapolis, IN

4/26-4/28: 2017 Penn-Del AER Conference, Harrisburg, PA

June, 2017 

6/2-6/4: The Teaching Professor Conference, St. Louis, MO

6/21-6/23:  Educational Audiology Association (EAA), Paradise Valley, AZ

6/22-6/24:  2nd National Deaf Education Conference, Indianapolis, IN

6/26-6/30: 16th International Mobility Conference, Dublin, Ireland

6/29-7/1: AG Bell Symposium, Arlington, VA

July, 2017

7/27-7/29: American Cochlear Implant Alliance Symposium, San Francisco, CA

7/28-7/30:  ANN 2017 Conference (American Nystagmus Network), Minneapolis, MN

August, 2017 

September, 2017

9/7-9/10:  Envision Conference, Denver, CO 

9/15-9/17: Hands & Voices Leadership Conference, Chicago, IL

October, 2017

November, 2017

11/9-11/11: 2017 ASHA Convention, Los Angeles, CA

December, 2017

12/6-12/9: Getting In Touch With Literacy, New Orleans, LA

February, 2018

NLCSD Resource Bank

A bank of resources has been created on higher education, mentorship, grantsmanship, leadership, and research in sensory disabilities for your reference.

Resources have been added to the bank in higher education, leadership, and mentorship!  

As additional resources are added to the bank, they will be announced in the monthly newsletter. You can access the bank on the NLCSD website under the  Resources Bank  tab
Join NLCSD's Facebook Group!

At the July 2016 Scholars' Meeting, many participants requested an easy way of communicating with the NLCSD community, and one suggestion was a closed group on Facebook. We encourage all members of NLCSD to join and to use it as a vehicle to share information, collaborate, and strengthen our cross-disability  group. Please use the link below to access the Facebook group.  

You can also follow us on Twitter: @NLCSDproject
For More Information

For more information about NLCSD or to include information in this newsletter, please contact Brooke Kruemmling ( or Emily Vasile (

T he contents of this newsletter were developed as part of a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Education (#325H140002) and Salus University .  These contents do not necessarily represent the policies of Salus University, nor the U.S. Department of Education.