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WASC Accreditation Report

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Fact Sheet

Dr. Angel Ramos Accomplishments

  • Fulbright Scholar

  • Board Member, NTID National Advisory Group

  • Board Member, Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Board Member, Texas Rehabilitation Commission Community Advisory Board

  • Board Member, Task Force on Minority Deaf, UALR Research & Training Center

  • Board Member, RT-31 National Advisory Council, UALR

  • Chair, Multicultural Committee, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX

  • Chair, City of Dallas Deaf Advisory Committee on City Emergency Services

  • Keynote Speaker, Sertoma International Conference

  • Keynote Speaker, Optimist Regional Conference

  • Keynote Speaker, NW Human Service Association Conference

  • Keynote Speaker, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

  • Keynote Speaker, DCARA Conference

  • Presenter, 2nd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • Presenter, University of China, Dahlia, China

  • Presenter, Normal Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Author, Triumph of the Spirit: The DPN Chronicle

 

Dr. Angel Ramos’ Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Special Education Administration, Gallaudet University

  • M.A. in Educational Administration, California State University at Northridge

  • M.S. in Education of the Deaf, State University of NY at Geneseo

  • B.S. in Mathematics, Manhattan College

Educational Accomplishments

  • Superintendent, Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind

  • Superintendent, Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf

  • Superintendent/Principal, Sequoia School for the Deaf

  • Director, Gallaudet University Regional Center, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX

  • Superintendent of the Year, Sequoia Schools

  • Principal of the Year, Sequoia Schools

  • Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing labeled ‘Performing School”

HSDB Accomplishments

  • National accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

  • Met Superintendent Kishimoto’s three key Implementation Strategies: School Design, Student Voice, and Teacher Collaboration 

  • Increased enrollment from 45 to 65 students in 3 years – a 45% increase, and growing.

  • Increased dormitory enrollment by 100%

  • Convinced Hawai’I DOE (HDO) to allow Oahu students to reside in the dorms.

  • Convinced HDO to create an entry level position in the dormitory to allow Deaf people to qualify for Houseparent positions without the one-year of residential experience requirement.

  • Emphasized ASL/English Bilingual-Bicultural education, where all students are expected to be fluent in both ASL and English.

  • Included Hawai’ian culture course for students.

  • Expanded ASL program to include ASL Department and three ASL Specialists.

  • Three-times yearly ASL assessments of all students including ASL instructions and support.

  • Required that all job postings include announcement that ASL skills are preferred/required.

  • Increased high school students reading skills using Lexile levels. SY2018-19 saw average lexile growth of 98L (HS) and 82L (MS) -both exceeding national average growth of 70L.

  • For SY 2018-19, MAP reading scores increased for 60% of ES students, 73% of MS students, and 67% of HS students.

  • Created evening tutoring program for residential students.

  • Created after-school activities program.

  • Insisted that HSDB endeavor to give all students a high school diploma and not a certificate of attendance. Almost all high school students now have a 4-6 year graduation plan to insure they graduate with a diploma.

  • Created Career and Work-Based Education Program to provide HS students with intensive work experiences and insure they graduate with a diploma.

  • All seniors graduated or continued with their education at KCC, Gallaudet University, or HSDB. 

  • Two robotic teams and a new LEGO team for SY 2019-20.

  • Computer Science/Robotic classroom

  • Coding classes for elementary and middle school students.

  • Computer science class for high school students.

  • All students have either an iPad or Mac computer.

  • STEM program with STEMscopes.

  • Media/TV production class and studio for SY 2019-20.

  • HS students attending KCC.

  • Partnership with Kalani HS for basketball, volleyball, and football.

  • Curriculum 90% completed.

  • ASL instructions for parents on campus, off-campus, and on-line.

  • Provided teachers with an extra 40 minutes per day of collaboration time.

  • Gave all teachers same prep time to allow for greater collaboration among teachers.

  • HSDB almost fully staffed for SY 2019-20 including several home-grown teachers.

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WASC National Accreditation

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