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Rachel Friedman Narr

Rachel Friedman Narr

Professor

Ph.D. University of Arizona, 1999
Special Education/Deaf Education

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Vita Brevis

Professional Interests:
Teacher Preparation, outreach to families with deaf and hard of hearing children, and research. Research interests include exploring family support for families with DHH children, and explicit reading instruction with students who are DHH.

Background:
My current interests are in working with families who have deaf or hard of hearing children. Through the Deaf Education And Families Project, we are able to shape and mold the national conversations related to Early Intervention and family support. We participate in two sub-committees through the Center for Disease Control/Newborn Hearing Screening Programs: the Provider Education subcommittee and the Parent-to-Parent subcommittee. We have established contact with over 1,500 families and professionals in the past four years moving the current narrative related to what it means to raise and educate a deaf or hard of hearing child.

I spent the majority of my career as a Speech Language Pathologist working with students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing in schools for the deaf and local public schools. I served as clinical faculty at The Ohio State University in the Department Speech and Hearing Science and at Texas Woman's University in Communication Disorders. I received my teaching credential in Arizona in 1999. I have a minor in Reading and received a Reading Specialist certificate in Arizona too.

I have given local, state, & national presentations and workshops on literacy instruction. and authored or co-authored several publications pertaining to literacy instruction with general and special educators. More recently, I've been presenting with Parent Mentors from the Deaf Education And Families Project at the national Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference and state and local conferences.

In my free time, I have enjoyed traveling throughout the world. During Summer 2012 my husband, father, and nephew, and I hiked the Inca Trail in Peru!! In the past, I've also traveled to Japan, East Africa, Europe, Denmark, Russia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, and the Caribbean, as well as many states in the US. I enjoy reading, outdoor exercise, crafts, instructional technology, and my family.

Professional Memberships

I maintain an active interest in the field through membership in the following organizations:

  • Council for Exceptional Children

    Division of Communicative Disabilities and Deafness

    Division of Learning Disabilities

    Teacher Education Division

  • Contact Information

    Courses

    • SPED 406- K-12 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners with Disabilities
    • SPED 563-Audiology and Spoken Language for Teachers of the Deaf
    • SPED 561/565- Reading & Writing with DHH Students
    • SPED 638- The Role of the Special Educator in the 21st Century

    Projects

    2014 E-Text Initiative
    Hopefully ready for Fall 2014, Mallorie Evans and I are preparing an iBook for our course SPED 563-Audiology and Spoken Language for Teachers of the Deaf. The book will be available free to candidates enrolled in the course.

    MyCSUNtablet
    In Fall 2014 SPED 406 will be an iPad class. I recently participated in a four-day myCSUNtablet Academy for faculty integrating iPads into their courses.

    College of Education Research Fellow: 2011-2012
    Examining the Nature of Parent-to-Parent Support to Families of Newly Identified Infants who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

    Research Presentation (pdf)
    10/17/12

    Deaf Education And Families Project (link to website)

    Conversations on KCSN

    Enhancing Quality with Teachers of DHH Students: California Department of Education

    Through Your Child's Eyes:American Sign Language (Video to external website)

    Great Start Presentation Handout (August 8, 2011)