Dr. John LucknerDr. John Luckner is a professor and the coordinator of the Deaf Education teacher preparation program in the School of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado. He also serves as the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Bresnahan/Halstead Center at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Luckner was a classroom teacher of students who are deaf or hard of hearing for nine years; five years in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and four years in the United States Virgin Islands. He also worked for eighteen summers as an Outward Bound instructor. He is the co-author of five books and one test, fifteen book chapters and more than 80 juried journal articles. He serves on the editorial review board for the American Annals of the Deaf and the Communication Disorders Quarterly. His current research interests include literacy, teacher preparation, social-emotional development and the provision of appropriate services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife and daughter. He enjoys traveling, outdoor activities and reading novels.

2013 MW Conference presentation topics:
Establishing Effective Educational Environments for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Fostering Resilience in Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Dr. Susan OutlawDr. Susan Lane-Outlaw
As an assistant professor at the National Technical Institute of the Deaf in Rochester, New York, Dr. Susan Lane-Outlaw teaches graduate courses in the Master of Science in Secondary Education of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (MSSE) program. Her current research studies focus on bilingual deaf students’ academic growth as measured by NWEA’s MAP test, describing the continuum of deaf education placement options, preparing pre-service STEM teachers for deaf students, and student teachers’ use of action research.Her interests include content literacy, ASL/English bilingual education, language and literacy development, formative assessment, and children’s and adolescent literature. Prior to joining NTID, she served as the curriculum and bilingual coordinator at Minnesota North Star Academy and Metro Deaf School located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

2013 MW conference presentation topics:
Using the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress results to guide teachers in developing instructional goals
Language and Literacy instruction in the content areas

Karen PutzKaren Putz is a deaf mom of three deaf and hard of hearing teenagers. She holds a B.S. and M.A. in Counseling from Northern Illinois University. She serves on the board of Hands & Voices and is the Director of Deaf Infusion.  Karen also works for SpeechText Access and is a writer for the ChicagoNow blog and HearingLikeMe.

2013 MW conference presentation topics:
Inclusion, Does It Really Mean Included?
Social Bluffing, Why No One Wins at this Game

Frances BeaurivageFrances J. Beaurivage is employed by Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, as their Sign Communication and Curriculum Specialist and is the Manager of the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) Diagnostic Center.  Frances, as a sign language specialist, provides Boys Town’s Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning with clinical support for language/academic/social assessments of deaf and hard of hearing children.  She also travels nationally to present to audiences information about the EIPA Performance Assessment and provides skills training workshops for interpreters working in K-12 educational settings.

Frances holds dual certification (C.I. / C.T.) from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

2013 MW conference presentation topic:
The important role of ASL in supporting bilingual development in English and ASL

Dr. Perry HanavanDr. Perry C. Hanavan is an assistant professor at Augustana College where he teaches Introduction to Audiology, Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation, Speech Science I, Speech Science II, Anatomy and Physiol- ogy of Speech Processes, and Media and Instructional Technology for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. His interests include audiologic rehabilitation, open ear canal hearing aids, and technology applications in education and communication disorders. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and his Au.D. from Central Michigan University.

2013 MW conference presentation topic:
New technology for assistive listening devices

David Smith photoDr. David Smith
Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center on Deafness at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. He joined the faculty in August of 2011. Prior to this he was faculty and director of the Deaf Education program at Fresno State. Dr. Smith also has been involved in a career as an educator of deaf and hard of hearing children that spans over more than 20 years in a variety of settings and age groups. He earned his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Nebraska in 2003.  Dr. Smith has taught coursework in a variety of deaf education topics including Curriculum and Content Methods, Language Development, Parent Education, Assessment, American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, and Deaf Literature. He has expertise in developing courses for online instruction.
Dr. Smith’s research interests are mostly classroom-related in the areas of teacher expectations on the performance of deaf children, American Sign Language use in classrooms by teachers of the deaf, and cultural practices of Deaf adults in the education of deaf children, Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) education, and the evaluation of American Sign Language skills.

2013 MW Conference Presentation Topic:
Planting the Seeds of Success: Making Self-Advocacy a Part of Deaf Youth Experience

Marcia Kolvitz photoMarcia Kolvitz
Marcia Kolvitz, Ph. D., is the Program Specialist for the pepnet 2 (pn2), funded through an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. She is a member of the pn2 Personnel Development team and is currently coordinating the state capacity building initiative designed to impact services provided to students. Marcia has over 30 years of experience addressing education and access issues for students who are deaf and hard of hearing in K-12 programs and postsecondary educational settings. She is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences related to deafness and disability issues.
Marcia completed a doctorate at the University of Tennessee in Human Ecology (emphasis: Human Resource Development). She has a Master of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders (emphasis: Counseling Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing) from Northern Illinois University.

Sherri CookSheri  Cook has a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education and a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics.  She taught deaf and hard of hearing children at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf for nearly seven years and in southern Illinois for over 2 years.  She was a consultant and trainer for the Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach Program for ten years. Sheri taught ASL and Deaf Studies courses at John A. Logan College in Carterville Illinois and at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale Illinois.  In the fall of 2010, Sheri became the new director of the Gallaudet University Regional Center for the Midwest at John A. Logan College. She is currently serving 13 Midwest states. Sheri is deaf and comes from a deaf family. Her deaf parents live in Chicago and her deaf sister is a math teacher at the Illinois School for the Deaf.  Sheri lives in southern Illinois with her husband and two sons.

2013 MW Conference presentation topics:
Classifiers in American Sign Language and Story signing skills

Bonnie Harmsen Rauk graduated from Augustana College in 2002, after studying Deaf Education, Secondary Education, and History.  After serving as a classroom teacher for 4 years, she started working as an itinerant teacher for the deaf/hard of hearing for the SW/WC Service Cooperative in south west Minnesota.  She works in many rural schools, serving all ages birth through graduation.  Her passion is in developing the whole child, and raising kids that love themselves and understand how to go out and face their futures with their heads held high.  In her spare time she enjoys photography and music. 

2013 MW Conference presentation topic: Relationships: Miles Don’t Matter