Title: 'Connected Early Interventionists: Changing Practice - Improving Outcomes'
Track: 8 - EHDI Workforce Issues
Keyword(s): professional learning, connected learning, community, Web 2.0 tools, learning communities
Learning Objectives:
  1. • Engage in inquiry-based group learning using Web 2.0 tools to create a personal learning plan
  2. • Discuss the importance and power of connected learning to improve early intervention outcomes for children and their families


Online communities, learning networks and Web 2.0 tools are helping hundreds of thousands of educators learn, reducing isolation and providing “just in time” access to knowledge and opportunities for collaboration. However, most early interventionists are not yet participating and others aren’t realizing the full benefits. This course will discuss and explore 21st Century learning skills for early interventionists to become connected learners and contribute to the collective intelligence to transform their practice. Professional learning needs to change for all who work with or on behalf of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. We live in a time when technology makes connecting and collaborating so easy and yet so few of these types of connections are taking place among the professionals who serve a child who is deaf or hard of hearing and his or her family. Because of newborn hearing screening and hearing technology, the outcomes for children with hearing loss have improve dramatically. It makes sense that technology can also be a major influence in moving the profession that serves these children moving forward into the 21st Century. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own device and actively engage in using 21st Century tools to develop a professional learning plan to facilitate continuous and ongoing improvement in their knowledge and skills so that child and family outcomes can be maximized.
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Teresa Caraway - Primary Presenter,POC
Hearing First
     Credentials: PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
      Dr. Teresa Caraway, CEO of the educational endeavor of the Oberkotter Foundation to improve outcomes for children and their families through family and professional support and learning. She is the Founder and President of Learning Innovation Associates, and the Founder of Hearts for Hearing. A Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, Dr. Caraway served as the founding President of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and as a founding board member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. She has previously served as a Director of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, and Auditory-Verbal International. She has been recognized by her peers for outstanding clinical skills. A former Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Caraway is an international consultant and skillful workshop presenter on teaching spoken language through listening.

Financial - Receives Salary for Employment,Management position from Educational Endeavor of the Oberkotter Foundation.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Wendelyn DeMoss - Author
Oberkotter Foundation
     Credentials: MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
      Wendelyn DeMoss, is the Learning Programs Officer of the Oberkotter Foundation educational endeavor. Wendy founded DeMoss Consulting, LLC, to advance listening and spoken language for children and their families through professional training, consulting and mentoring throughout the US. Previously at Hearts for Hearing, Wendy provided listening and spoken language early intervention services by guiding and coaching families of children touched by hearing loss. In her role as Learning Programs Officer, Wendy utilizes her experiences to champion development and implementation of a wide variety of learning programs to be offered through the online Oberkotter learning communities.
Kathryn Wilson - Author
Oberkotter Foundation Education Endeavor
     Credentials: M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS, Cert. AVT
      Kathryn Wilson, is the Director of Embedded Practice of the Oberkotter Foundation educational endeavor. Kathryn served as the Director of FIRST YEARS and as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, since 2008 - 2014. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing the online certificate program, including managing the significant mentoring component for participants earning their certificates. As Director of Embedded Practice, Kathryn champions the mentoring and coaching opportunities, primarily through the use of distance technology for the Oberkotter Learning Community.