Gary Wellbrock

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Gary Wellbrock is an early elementary educator at a dual language (American Sign Language and English) school in New York City teaching deaf, hard of hearing and hearing children from diverse backgrounds. He earned a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, and later became a licensed reading specialist due, in part, to his work with the Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Language, Literacy and Learning program at Fordham University.

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Helping Hunter Spanjer Keep His Name Grand Island Public School District (GIPS) in Nebraska wanted 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer to change his name because they said it violated...
New Literacies Bring Sign Language to eBooks A new literacy landscape has emerged that is whispering farewell to the clothbound books of my childhood. Classrooms today are moving away from...
Families Come in All Shapes and Sizes A school district in the midwestern town of Erie, Ill. found Todd Parr’s award-winning children’s book objectionable because it included references...
Deafness Isn’t a Deficit Every prospective parent hopes for a healthy baby. But when it comes to hearing and Deaf cultures, “healthy” is defined differently. Four out of 5...
When Boys Love Barbie Editor's Note: This month, Teaching Tolerance launches a new series of lessons about Gender Expression for early grades. This week's featured lesson...
Bias Makes LGBT Equality Tough to Teach Twenty-eight teachers in my master’s level class silently moved en masse to the right side of the room to signify that they would teach the civil...
Driving Bilingual Education I am a good driver. You’d never know it, given the theatrics of the backseat drivers in my vehicle, whose sudden gasps and quick grasps for the...
Children Welcome Diversity on the Playground Adults often marvel as they watch children frolic on the playground centers. Children’s interactions appear effortless. There seem to be no barriers...