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Michigan School for the Deaf
1235 W. Court St.
Flint, MI 48503
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Doors open at 8 a.m.

Start time: 8:30 a.m.

End time: 4 p.m.


$75 for Michigan professionals

$100 for out-of-state professionals


Fingerspelling Our Way to Reading is a research-based curriculum and intervention that was developed specifically to support children who are Deaf or Hard or Hearing (DHH) in developing reading skills. Attendees will gain the background, instruction, modeling, and practice necessary to implement the Fingerspelling Our Way to Reading materials with fidelity. This training is specifically for teachers, teacher consultants, and other certified professional staff who deliver reading and early literacy instruction to students who are DHH.

This training will be presented in American Sign Language (ASL) with voice interpretation provided.

Learner Objectives

  1. Understand the results of a five-year research project related to improving reading skills for young students who are DHH in K-2nd grade
  2. Learn about the theory, goals, and objectives for the Fingerspelling Our Way to Reading program
  3. Gain skills to implement the fingerspelling and reading components of this program

About the Presenter

Nancy Bridenbaugh is currently a Research Associate at the Center on Literacy and Deafness (CLAD), focusing on a program that develops fingerspelling phonologic awareness for Deaf Hard of Hearing children in K-2nd grade. She earned her master’s in Deaf Education and has taught children who are DHH and has been a mentor for teachers. Ms. Bridenbaugh served as Director of the Gallaudet University Regional Center in Hawaii and Director of Rocky Mountain Deaf School, a bilingual charter school.

Available Credits


Cancellation Policy

Please note: A credit card payment is required to complete your registration and secure your slot for this event. MDE-LIO will issue refunds only for cancellations received no less than three business days prior to the event.

If you have a question or need to cancel, call MDE-LIO at 517-241-7083.

Contact Information

Stacy Guthrie