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Jessica Trussell

Assistant Professor
MS in Secondary Education Program
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

585-475-6777
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Jessica Trussell

Assistant Professor
MS in Secondary Education Program
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Education

BS, University of Georgia; M.Ed., Ph.D., Georgia State University

585-475-6777

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

MSSE-715
3 Credits
This course will prepare students to work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and youth with a broad range of disabilities and educational needs in mainstreamed school settings. The course is designed to foster acceptance of diversity among individuals as well as to develop skills in writing appropriate Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), including behavior modification methods, communication strategies, and psycho-educational approaches.
MSSE-728
3 Credits
This course is designed to familiarize students with the process involved in English literacy development. Particular emphasis is placed on the literacy development of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in grades 7-12. Students learn about various language and literacy instructional methods and how to incorporate literacy instruction into all secondary content area classrooms.
MSSE-710
3 Credits
This introductory course provides an overview of the current theories of assessment, curriculum, instruction, and learning across diverse educational settings in the field of deaf education. The course covers the use of educational technologies to enhance the learning experiences of deaf students and options for classroom management, learning environment appropriate to K-12 classrooms, and methods for assessment. Reflection and application of effective instructional practices are demonstrated through microteaching and field-based experiences. To progress to MSSE-714 Practicum, student must obtain a grade of at least B in this course.
MSSE-714
3 Credits
Note: There are five discipline-specific courses here, designated by section: 01 (English), 02 (Mathematics), 03 (Science), 04 (Social Studies) and 05 (American Sign Language). Students will take only the section focusing on the content area in which they will be certified. Section 01 English. This course examines issues and methods related to teaching English in the secondary level to students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. Students investigate and analyze current approaches to curriculum, instruction and materials in the area of English instruction through readings, observations, and seminars. Students design content area projects to demonstrate a variety of methodological philosophies. Section 02 Mathematics. This course examines issues and methods related to teaching mathematics at the secondary level to students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. Current instructional methods, curriculum and professional resources in mathematics are studied through seminars, readings, special projects, observations and work with content-area specialists and teachers in secondary-level mathematics courses. Section 03 Science. This course examines issues and methods in teaching secondary-level science to Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing students, including the selection, modifications, and use of curriculum materials in science. Discussions will be concerned with instructional strategies, classroom managements, cognitive development, testing and evaluation, lab report writing and theories of science teaching. Students will be required to observe teachers in secondary level science courses. Section 04 Social Studies. This course examines issues and methods related to teaching social studies at the secondary level to students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. Through seminars, readings, special projects, and work with content area specialists/teachers, current instructional methods, curriculum and professional resources in social studies are examined. Students will be required to observe teachers of secondary level social studies courses at public schools, residential schools for Deaf students or in mainstream programs. Section 05 American Sign Language. This course examines issues and methods related to teaching American Sign Language at the secondary level. Students investigate and analyze current approaches to ASL curriculum, instruction, and materials through readings, observations, and seminars. Students design content area projects to demonstrate their understanding of teaching theories and methods, curriculum design, and evaluation techniques. To progress to MSSE-760, students must obtain a minimum grade of B in this course.

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Manuscripts Submitted for Publication
Trussell, Jessica W. "Learning Social Studies Vocabulary via Morphological Instruction in the Itinerant Model." 19 Sep. 2019. TS - typescript (typed).
Trussell, Jessica W., et al. "Morphology Instruction in the Science Classroom For Students Who Are Deaf: A Multiple Probe Across Content Analysis." Jul. 2017. TS - typescript (typed).
Trussell, Jessica W., et al. "The Effects of Interactive Storybook Reading with Preschoolers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing." 16 Aug. 2016. TS - typescript (typed).
Trussell, Jessica W., et al. "The Effects of Interactive Storybook Reading on the Word Meaning Knowledge of Preschoolers’ who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing." 6 Oct. 2016. TS - typescript (typed).
Trussell, Jessica W. and Susan R. Easterbrooks. "Morphological Knowledge and Students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing: A Review of the Literature." In Press. TS - typescript (typed).
Beal-Alvarez, Jennifer, Nanci Sheetz, and Jessica W. Trussell. "Longitudinal American Sign Language Skills of Pre-Service Interpreter and Teacher Candidates." 30 Nov. 2015. TS - typescript (typed).
Book Chapter
Cannon, Joanna E. and Jessica W. Trussell. "Connections, Research, and Recommendations for the Importance of Morphosyntax in Literacy Acquisition across Languages for Learners who are d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing." "The Oxford Handbook on Literacy for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing." New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2020. 0. Print.
Trussell, Jessica W. and M. Christina Rivera. "Word identification and the adolescent deaf and hard-of-hearing reader: Going back to learning to read." "Evidence-based practice in deaf education." New York City, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018. 237-262. Print.
Easterbrooks, Susan R., Joanna Cannon, and Jessica W. Trussell. "Many Languages, One Goal: The Future of Research and Practice in Language Mastery by Deaf Learners." "Educating Deaf Learners: Diverse Ways, One Goal." Ed. Marc Marschark, Venetta Lampropoulou, and Emmanouil Skordilis. New York City, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016. 00-00. Print.
Journal Paper
Schley, Sara and Jessica W. Trussell. "Deaf Students with Disabilities: A Functional Approach for Parents and Teachers." ODYSSEY. (2019): 76-80. Print.
Trussell, Jessica W., et al. "Interactive Storybook Reading Instruction for Preschoolers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A Multiple Probe Across Behaviors Analysis." Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools 49. (2018): 922-937. Print.
Trussell, Jessica W., et al. "Morphology Instruction in the Science Classroom for Students who are Deaf: A Multiple Probe Across Content Analysis." Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education 23. 3 (2018): 271-283. Print.
Borgna, Georgianan, et al. "Numerical and Real-world Estimation Abilities of Deaf and Hearing College Students." Deafness & Education International 20. 2 (2018): 1-27. Print.
Beal, Jennifer S., et al. "University American Sign Language learners: Longitudinal self and faculty evaluation ratings." Journal of Interpretation 26. 1 (2018): 1-27. Web.
Walton, Dawn, et al. "I am not Unskilled and Unaware: Deaf and Hearing Learners’ Self-assessment of Linguistic and Nonlinguistic Skills." European Journal of Special Needs Education. (2018): 1-27. Web.
Trussell, Jessica W., et al. "The Effects of Interactive Storybook Reading with Preschoolers Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing." Topics in Early Childhood Special Education 37. 3 (2017): 147-163. Print.
Trussell, Jessica W. and Susan R. Easterbrooks. "Morphological Knowledge and Students who are Deaf or Hard-of-hearing: A Review of the Literature." Communication Disorders Quarterly. (2016): 1-11. Web.
Beal-Alvarez, Jennifer and Jessica W. Trussell. "Classifiers and Constructed Action: Necessary Narrative Components in Deaf Adults' Storybook Renditions." Sign Language Studies 16. 1 (2015): 5-29. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Trussell, Jessica W. and Camille Ouellette. "Reading to learn in STEM: Strategies for reading and conceptually accurate signing." California Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing conference. Cal Ed. Riverside, CA. 6 Apr. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Trussell, Jessica W. "Decoding For Adolescent Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Readers." Teaching Deaf Learners Conference. Royal Dutch Kentalis. Amsterdam, NL. 24 Mar. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Trussell, Jessica W. "Supporting Early Reading Skills at Home and School." Great Start 2017. Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. State College, PA. 23 Jun. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Trussell, Jessica W. "Reading a Language You Can't Hear." Canadian Educators of the DHH Conference. Canadian Educators of the DHH Conference. Vancouver, BC. 20 Oct. 2017. Keynote Speech.
Grants
Nordhaus, Jason and Jessica W. Trussell (2018-2023). Lost in Translation: Removing the Most Significant Barrier Preventing Deaf participation in STEM. Grant proposal submitted to Special Projects, Moore Foundation.
Trussell, Jessica W. (2018-2021). Improving Reading Outcomes of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. Grant proposal submitted to NCSER Goal 2 Development and Innovation under Reading, Writing, and Language topic - Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring, Institute of Education Sciences.
Trussell, Jessica W. (2018-2020). Improving Literacy Outcomes for Students Who Are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Grant proposal submitted to NIDCD, NIH.
Trussell, Jessica W. (2017-2020). Improving Reading Outcomes of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. Grant proposal submitted to Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring 84.324B, Institute of Educational Sciences.
Trussell, Jessica W. (2016-2017). Morphology Instruction for DHH Students. Grant received/funded by Scholarship Portfolio Development Initiative (SPDI), Internal Funding- NTID.
Uninvited Presentations
Trussell, Jessica W., et al. "Interactive Storybook Reading and Picture Vocabulary: A Replication Study." Association of College Educators- Deaf/Hard of Hearing Conference. Association of College Educators- Deaf/Hard of Hearing. New York City, NY. 14 Feb. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Trussell, Jessica W. "Literacy and Evidence-Based Practices In Deaf Education." The 29th Annual ESSP Conference. Education Support Service Personnel. Corning, NY. 14 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.