Information and Resources for Parents and Educators

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

Housed at Gallaudet University, the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center runs two schools and focuses on improving the quality of education. The Clerc Center is one of VL2's key collaborative partners in the work of bridging research and education.

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Their mission is to improve the quality of education afforded to deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to age 21 throughout the United States.

The Clerc Center publishes a yearly magazine, "The Odyssey," with articles for parents and educators. The spring 2012 issue contains two VL2 articles. The first, by Laura-Ann Petitto, provides an overview of three key advances in the science of learning on visual language and learning:

  • Visual experience can mean cognitive advantage;
  • Bilingual exposure confers reading advantage; and
  • Visual learners revolutionize our view of bilingualism and the role of ‘phonology’ in early reading.

In "An Issue of Learning: The Effect of Visual Split Attention in Classes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students" (pp. 20-24), Drs. Susan Mather and Diane Clark present an overview of the effects of classroom design and communication practices (“auditory-oriented” as opposed to “visually-oriented”) upon visual attention, memory, and cognitive load.

The links below are for more information about the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, for "info to go," or answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and then the last is for the recent issue of the Clerc Center magazine, "The Odyssey."