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|Project Title: ||Successful Deaf Leaders|
|School Year: ||2004|
|School - District:||Horace Mann School for the Deaf - Boston|
|Contact Name:||Claudia Chaffee|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts, Science & Technology|
|Community Need:||Human Needs|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Students learn about, meet, interview, and pay tribute to local Deaf leaders who exemplify the belief that Deaf people can do anything except hear. After selecting the leaders, the students conducted videotaped interviews, transcribed the tapes from American Sign Language (ASL) to English, and wrote biographical sketches of each leader. Using their own photography, they composed a PowerPoint computer slide documenting their presentation at a formal gathering of the Successful Deaf Leaders with their families and friends, the entire school community including students, parents, staff, and members of the Greater Boston Area Deaf Community. Framed photos and biographical sketches of the Deaf leaders were installed on the school's Wall of Fame.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Deaf students and Deaf-blind students need to identify successful role models for themselves and their classmates. Successful Deaf leaders need to be recognized by the Deaf Community. This project is wonderful for empowering students to select and highlight role models who represent their common Deaf culture.
|Service Component: |
Students informed their school community and the greater community about successful Deaf leaders through bulletin boards, PowerPoint slide shows, newspaper articles, an event paying tribute to their honorees, and a school Wall of Fame.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
English Language Arts- Connect reading with own and others' experiences, engage in group discussions, use proper technologies to present information effectively, word process, desktop publish, and incorporate multimedia in published reports.
Technology Skills- Word Processing, PowerPoint, Electronic Research, and Email
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Since this project’s inception, students plan, design and organize each year’s production. It has become a signature event for the entire school.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Students and teachers reflect throughout the service-learning project.
Student: “The thing I learned about the SDL project is that everything we did was important. When we grow up, we will use these skills in our own successful careers. We served as role models for our Horace Mann classmates and for our teachers and parents. We tested our cooperation and teamwork abilities, and that’s great because they connect us to the real world.”
Teacher: “Our focus has been to identify and honor local Deaf role models who have overcome challenges and can offer advice to students. Long-term benefits to students are more evident than ever. As usual, responses to our interview questions have been as diverse as the people we’ve selected, but they all send the same message: Deaf people can be successful. It’s gratifying to see that students have internalized this.”
|Community Partners Involved: |
D.E.A.F., Inc., Massachusetts Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Perkins School for the Blind
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
After the school-wide culminating event where parents, honorees, student presenters, classmates, guests, and school staff enjoy interaction and refreshments, student participants held a congratulatory session where they debrief and plan for the next year.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
Students meet regularly to make and modify plans, discuss and review progress, assign duties, and provide peer feedback. Student authors checked writing with peers by using Did I…? Sheets while teacher evaluates final drafts. Rubrics are used to evaluate computer slide shows. Final Project Reports show both student academic growth and civic awareness.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
There were no challenges in this service-learning project. Successful Deaf Leaders has influenced similar projects like Successful Deaf Leaders in Government. Many teachers and students have adapted its theme and activities throughout the city where “Walls of Fame” dedicated to other groups of leaders are installed.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.