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Center for Research and Training

Supporting Bilingual-Bicultural Deaf Education through Consultation, Training, and Research

The Center for Research and Training (CRT) at The Learning Center for the Deaf actively supports culturally and linguistically accessible education for deaf and hard of hearing students by engaging in critical research, creating innovative educational resources, and providing evidence-based training.  

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American Sign Language Assessment Instrument (ASLAI)

ASLAI

Originated by Robert Hoffmeister, PhD, The American Sign Language Assessment Instrument (ASLAI) is designed to track the yearly progression of ASL and English print literacy over time for students ages 4-18. The ASLAI consists of eleven receptive tasks: five related to vocabulary, three pertaining to syntax, and two reasoning and comprehension tasks. The ASLAI is now available to schools, states, and programs throughout the country on a contract basis.

Before each administration, we obtain background information of participants to include educational history, reading and math scores, family history, and biographical information. Each test administration at a school typically takes place over the course of one week, with customized reports then available within 60 days after the administration. CRT will customize services based on the number of students, programs, or number of schools/districts within a state.

Click here for more information on ASLAI 

ASL Clear

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ASL Clear (ASLClear.org) is an online American Sign Language STEM Concept Learning Resource featuring instructional modules presented by Deaf STEM content experts.

CRT provides professional development in the use of ASL Clear to support STEM education.

Currently, we are engaged in research projects using ASL Clear with Harvard University's Center for Integrated Quantum Materials and with Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Both these university partnerships are funded by The National Science Foundation.

ASL Clear was initially funded through a partnership among MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Boston University, and The Learning Center for the Deaf.   It is now administered by The Learning Center for the Deaf.

Learn more about ASL Clear

Test Translation Services

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CRT possesses substantive expertise in translating written and spoken English materials into ASL, and producing translations to video. Currently, CRT is contracted to provide translation of standardized tests into American Sign Language.  CRT partners Atlantic Media Productions, LLC, to provide video production of these translations.

Contact Us about Test Translation

Deaf Education Institutes

Jeanie sharing feedback with group of teachers.

CRT has been awarded a competitive contract with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide Deaf Education Institutes.  Each institute focuses on instructional practices for deaf and hard of hearing students who use American Sign Language.

contact crt

 

American Sign Language Assessment Instrument (ASLAI)

ASLAI

Originated by Robert Hoffmeister, PhD, The American Sign Language Assessment Instrument (ASLAI) is designed to track the yearly progression of ASL and English print literacy over time for students ages 4-18. The ASLAI consists of eleven receptive tasks: five related to vocabulary, three pertaining to syntax, and two reasoning and comprehension tasks. The ASLAI is now available to schools, states, and programs throughout the country on a contract basis.

Before each administration, we obtain background information of participants to include educational history, reading and math scores, family history, and biographical information. Each test administration at a school typically takes place over the course of one week, with customized reports then available within 60 days after the administration. CRT will customize services based on the number of students, programs, or number of schools/districts within a state.

Click here for more information on ASLAI 

ASL Clear

nr

ASL Clear (ASLClear.org) is an online American Sign Language STEM Concept Learning Resource featuring instructional modules presented by Deaf STEM content experts.

CRT provides professional development in the use of ASL Clear to support STEM education.

Currently, we are engaged in research projects using ASL Clear with Harvard University's Center for Integrated Quantum Materials and with Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Both these university partnerships are funded by The National Science Foundation.

ASL Clear was initially funded through a partnership among MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Boston University, and The Learning Center for the Deaf.   It is now administered by The Learning Center for the Deaf.

Learn more about ASL Clear

Test Translation Services

CRT_Translation

CRT possesses substantive expertise in translating written and spoken English materials into ASL, and producing translations to video. Currently, CRT is contracted to provide translation of standardized tests into American Sign Language.  CRT partners Atlantic Media Productions, LLC, to provide video production of these translations.

Contact Us about Test Translation

Deaf Education Institutes

Jeanie sharing feedback with group of teachers.

CRT has been awarded a competitive contract with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide Deaf Education Institutes.  Each institute focuses on instructional practices for deaf and hard of hearing students who use American Sign Language.

contact crt

 

CRT led a one-day professional development workshop, Bilingual/bicultural education for Deaf children and language acquisition, for teachers and administrators at Cleary School for the Deaf. The professional development was engaging, interesting, and informative. The CRT staff were knowledgeable, professional and very approachable.

Cleary School for the Deaf
CRT Client

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