PROGRAM COORDINATOR, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Scholarly Interests:Technology and writing instruction
Courses Taught: DHH 105: Programs & Services for Individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing; DHH 303: Language Development in Individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing; RAL 220: Literacy Strategies & Assessment in Special Education; RAL 225: Children’s Literature; DFHH 597:Seminar in Student Teaching
Achievements: Certifications as Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Reading Specialist, Teacher of Reading, and Principal/Supervisor. Publications in American Annals of the Deaf, The Reading Teacher, and Remedial and Special Education; several publications have been co-authored with TCNJ students as a part of the College’s Mentored Undergraduate Summer Research program
Strassman, B.K. & Schirmer, B. (2013). Teaching Writing to Deaf Students: Does Research Offer Evidence for Practice? Remedial and Special Education, 34(3), 166-179. DOI 10.1177/0741932512452013
Strassman, B.K. & O’Dell, K. (2012). Using Open Captions to Revise Writing in Digital Stories Composed by d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. American Annals of the Deaf, 157(4), 340-357. DOI:10.1353/aad.2012.1626
Strassman, B.K., MacDonald, H. & Wanko, L. (2010). Using Captioned Media as Mentor Expository Texts. The Reading Teacher, 64, (3), 197-201.
Strassman, B.K. & Donahue, S. (2007). Tell and show: Writing with words and video. http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=1099.
Strassman, B.K. & O’Connell, T. (2007). Authoring with video. The Reading Teacher,61, 330-333. DOI:10.1598/RT.64.3.5
Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on grants funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, and New Jersey’s Department of Education.
Teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. October 11, 2016. New Jersey Future Educators Association Convergence, Ewing, NJ.
Summary of Current Research Based Practices in Literacy & Language and an Overview of Pending Legislation in Other States.July 29, 2016, Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council for the State of New Jersey.
What Teachers of the Deaf Should Know About Academic Language and the Common Core State Standards: Assembling the Pieces We Have and Identifying the Pieces We Need. Poster presented with Corey Lynch, Deaf Education Senior, at the American College Educators—Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference, February 11, 2016, New York, NY
Teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. January 15, 2016. New Jersey Future Educators Association Convergence, Ewing, NJ.
Teaching Writing to Deaf Students:Research-Based Evidence for Informing Practice, Paper presented at the National Council for Teachers of English Conference, Boston, MA, November 22, 2013.
Degrees: Ed.D., M.Ed., B.A., Columbia University