11/8/15

Being an Outsider with Amy Locke Transformative Principal 097

Amy Locke graduated from the University of North Florida with a BA in Special Education: Deaf Studies and an M.Ed in Special Education: Deaf Education. She has been working in the field of Deaf Education for 7 years, beginning her career as an itinerant teacher for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in central Florida, then moving to Houston, TX to teach in a self-contained 3rd/4th grade class with DHH students. About 4 ½ years ago, she moved to Alabama to work as a reading teacher in the high school department at the Alabama School for the Deaf. In November 2014, she became the high school director.

The Alabama School for the Deaf currently has 178 students from all around our state, all of whom have a documented hearing loss. We have two academic departments here: Elementary serves students from age 3 through 6th grade and the High School department serves students in grades 7–12. We are a residential program and a little more half of them live on campus in our dorms. The rest are day students living within an hour of our school.

  • Seats arranged in semi circles
  • Classroom management
  • Communication is very powerful among adults.
  • Academic challenge is language.
  • English is a second language.
  • We can accidentally learn grammar and usage.
  • Students become the teachers of the language when they surpass their parents in ability.
  • Struggle showing knowledge on standardized test.
  • Disconnect between scores they get and what they know.
  • Transformation from advocate to getting what they need.
  • IEP Meeting dad spent 30 minutes educating them on deaf education.
  • Outsider because Amy is not hard of hearing.
  • If you try, and give a valiant effort, the community will hear you.
  • How to be a transformative principal: know your population: students, teachers, parents.

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