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International Travel Provides Opportunities for Learning and Growth

by Jessica Meissner, Director of Curriculum and Curriculum

One goal that RSD has had for many years is to make sure that students have the opportunity to be able to learn and grow both inside and outside of the classroom. The Travel Abroad Program offers juniors and seniors the ability to gain skills over the course of two years, with the culmination being a trip abroad. In April, eight students, Teaching Assistant Jeff Pratt, and I spent 10 days between Paris, France and London, England. What the students gained during the two years of preparation and planning and then what they added to their skills and knowledge during our trip will serve them well in life, regardless of where their path takes them!
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RSD Students Deliver at ASL Competition

Hands waving high for our students' BIG wins in the Marie Jean Philips ASL Competition!!!

1st Place 8U ASL Poetry - Sylvan W.
1st Place 8U Storytelling - Zeke E.
1st Place 8U Deaf Art - Delaney K.
2nd Place 9-12 ASL Poetry - Carly G.
3rd Place 13-18 Deaf Art - Joshua E.


Our two children, looking at them now and the resources they have at RSD - they have friends and adult role models that speak their language. That's huge for us.

- Katelyn T.

RSD taught me more than academic skills in math, science, social studies, and ELA. I personally developed skills in independence, empathy, compassion and creativity.

- McKenna G.

Well-informed teaching and support staff who are inviting to new families who are striving to be sure they are doing the right thing for their deaf and hard of hearing children.

- Denise & William B.

We needed a place that could help our daughter's growth/language development and RSD was the best place for that. It's the first and last place we looked at.

- Jessica W.

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