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Using Robots and Computer Science as a Tool for English and ASL Literacy Development

Thursday May 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Presented by Shireen Hafeez, Founder, Deaf Kids Code; and Lynn Dunn, STEM Outreach Coordinator, NRSC
Hosted by Bryan L. Miller, Director of Strategic Education Outreach, Wonder Workshop

Sponsored by Wonder Workshop


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Many educators that work with deaf/hard of hearing students struggle with student engagement and innovative new approaches to render goals. In this edWebinar, you’ll hear from the founder of Deaf Kids Code, Shireen Hafeez, who has teamed up with Wonder Workshop’s Director of Strategic Education Outreach, Bryan L. Miller, to use real-world actual deaf education classroom experiences to show innovative and accessible ways educators can integrate student literacy and ASL (American Sign Language) goals by harnessing the power of robotics and coding.

They teamed up with the NRSC North Regional Stem Center, which is the NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf) Regional Stem Center to create greater accessible and meaningful curricula as they support the deployment of these robots to educators. This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-8 teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.

About the Presenters

Shireen Hafeez is the founder of Deaf Kids Code. Her roots in deaf causes goes back to the diagnosis of her own son. She founded the national outreach non-profit organization on the basis that “the digital age is the great equalizer.” Their mission is to promote design thinking, technology, and computer science skills as a way to bridge the opportunity gap.


Having been in the educational field for over thirty years, Lynn has worn many hats from classroom teacher, language specialist, curriculum coordinator, counselor, and outreach provider in the areas of English and literacy in relation to STEM education. Lynn has taught deaf/hard-of-hearing students from the kindergarten level through college level in the areas of life skills/independent living skills, social studies, English, and reading. In her latest role as STEM Outreach Coordinator, she has been involved in workshops and trainings involving Universal Design for Learning, the outdoor classroom, and NSTA workshops related to including STEM across the curriculum; as well as, presenting on the regional and national levels on teaching English/writing skills to the deaf/hard-of-hearing, ACT Prep, and incorporating STEM/NGSS across all subject areas.


Bryan L MillerAbout the Host

With over 15 years of experience in education, Bryan L. Miller serves as Director of Strategic Outreach in Education for Wonder Workshop, creators of Dash, Dot and Cue robots. He has previously held roles as teacher and administrator in private and public education for K-12 schools, and as a teacher in higher education, all of which have provided him a full scope and understanding of the educational sector and afforded him unique opportunities in the field. His experiences in digital leadership, curriculum design, professional development, 1:1 implementation, computer science curricular development, and strategic planning allow him to seamlessly work with all schools, with all needs. He is an international keynoter and presenter and highly involved throughout social media.


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Wonder Workshop creates engaging, hands-on learning tools, programming languages, and curriculum that bring STEM and coding to life for grades K-8. Robotics fosters critical thinking skills at an early age, encourages creativity, and turns students into makers rather than consumers. Wonder Workshop is the creator of the Dash and Dot robots. Let’s inspire students to be future leaders in technology. Find out more at

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