Dr. Maribel Gárate

Dr. Maribel Gárate is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She has two Masters degrees: Deaf Education: Elementary and American Sign language Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Deaf Education with an emphasis on Bilingual Education. Her research interests focus on the implementation of bilingual methodologies to allocate ASL and English in classrooms for Deaf and hard of hearing children, and the ways in which teacher beliefs about ASL/English Bilingual Education influence their practice. She regularly conducts trainings and gives presentations to teachers, parents, and school administrators both nationally and internationally. She is the author of Educating children with cochlear implants in an ASL/English bilingual classroom, Developing bilingual literacy in Deaf children and co-author of Collaboration for communication, language and cognitive Development among others. Her articles and book chapters have been published in the United States, Italy, Germany, and Japan.

Topic 1 (Keynote): Educating Children with Cochlear Implants in Bilingual Environments

The growing number of deaf children who receive a Cochlear Implant at an early age has brought increased attention to their educational needs with its primary emphasis on the exclusive use of spoken language as the medium of instruction. An overview of the current ASL/English bilingual framework for educating deaf and hard of hearing children will be presented to emphasize the place that spoken English has within it and the methodologies that allow programs to develop all bilingual abilities in these children.

Topic 2: Strategies that Support Academic Language Development

Academic language is the language of school, tests, and textbooks and the language of reasoning used in different disciplines. In order for Deaf/HH students to access the content, they need to understand how academic language works. This session discusses the types and functions of academic language and provides strategies that support academic language instruction across grades and across content areas.