Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf Partners with Concordia University

Dr. Amanda Geidel and Dr. Vicki Anderson have been awarded a “High Impact” grant from Concordia University, Nebraska, in order to continue exploring partnership opportunities with Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.

The High Impact grant funds awarded to select faculty members are for use in the development of new educational experiences for their students. These experiences help students and faculty engage in learning that goes beyond the typical classroom, and are meaningful to student growth and development within their field of study.

“The goal of the grant is to design high impact learning experiences within the curriculum, which has a lot to do with hands-on, experiential learning,” said Concordia University President and new Mill Neck trustee, Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich. “Because of the positive experience Dr. Anderson and the students had at Mill Neck last year—and also because Mill Neck is a leading organization in Deaf ministry and service—this is just the beginning of our experiential learning opportunities.”

Dr. Vicki Anderson traveled with three Concordia students to Mill Neck this past May to observe and assist in the teaching of children in the Deaf community.

“Many of the students at Mill Neck weren’t diagnosed as deaf early, so they grew up with no language in a sense,” Anderson said. “Not only are they being taught sign language, but they’re also being taught English for the first time. It’s like learning ESL while simultaneously learning your first language. It’s a challenge, but one that we are honored to have the opportunity to help with.”

In March 2018, Geidel, associate professor of education and director of special education, and Anderson, chair of international cultural studies and English as a Second Language (ESL), and program director for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), will travel to Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf to meet with administrators and teachers about future partnership opportunities.

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