If students are only ever asked what they will do in the present to address global issues, our challenges will persist from generation to generation. How can we as parents, educators, and support professionals for students who are deaf and hard of hearing create learning opportunities that help our students focus on the future? Our students can rise to the challenge with long-term planning, collaboration, and communication.
From parent-infant advisors assisting parents in developing plans for their little one’s transition to public school to appropriate transition planning that connects high school students with community and post-secondary educational options, the possibilities are limitless. As we explore 2020’s theme for the Statewide Conference for the Education of the Deaf, let us as parents and professionals renew our commitment to bringing our students’ futures into focus.
This Year's Speakers
Betsy Moog, EdD
EdD, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Betsy Moog Brooks is the Executive Director of the Moog Center for Deaf Education. She received her Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing from Washington University and her Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Andragogy, the study of adult learners, from Lindenwood University. She is certified in Deaf Education, Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and Early Childhood Education, and is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist.
Dr. Thomas Horejas
Gallaudet University’s Associate Provost for Student Success & Academic Quality
Dr. Thomas P. Horejes is Gallaudet University’s Associate Provost for Student Success & Academic Quality. He is former Executive Director for Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation (DEAF, Inc.), a deaf-centric non-profit advocacy and interpreting services. He holds a Ph.D. (2009) in Justice Studies at Arizona State University with a focus on current social justice issues, such as human rights against a backdrop of legal systems, law and culture to create meaningful, real-world impact through public policy and systems change.
English Teacher, Ron Clark Academy; Author
Seen on The Ellen Show and NBC Nightly News, educator, speaker, and author Michael Bonner has taken to more than 100 education conference, school district meeting and leadership development stages across the U.S. & Canada to share his “lessons learned” from teaching in a Title I school with children that experience high levels of trauma and adverse situations. His candid, enthusiastic seminars challenge listeners to create diverse, inclusive education plans “where students can see themselves within the lessons and assessments” as a means to increase student success rates.
Learn more about each speaker and what topics they will cover.
The first regional conference was held in a local hotel conference center in the fall of 1976. As the years rolled on more and more personnel from other regions began attending the conference and a decision was made to change the regional conference to one big conference for all personnel working with students who were deaf/hard of hearing in Texas.
The Texas Association of Parents and Educators of the Deaf (T.A.P.E.D.) continually strives to recognize all of the great people and organizations in Texas who give so much to the education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing. These awards were first given in 1990 and are given to individuals/organizations for their contributions to the field of deaf education.
T.A.P.E.D. has a long history of providing scholarships to deserving high school seniors and individuals interested in pursuing degrees in the field of deaf education and interpreting. Since 1985 T.A.P.E.D. has awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships supported by membership dues and fund raising efforts.