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In this issue:

Read Captions Across America

Read Captions Across America
It's time for DCMP's Read Captions Across America (RCAA) campaign, held each year on or close to March 2, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.

The purpose of RCAA is to raise awareness—particularly among children and their parents and teachers—that video is an effective way to encourage and foster reading skills, as long as captions are always turned on!

Participants can order a free RCAA event kit, and DCMP members can order captioned media from DCMP to use in March and all year long.

RCAA is the first national reading event to put emphasis on the importance of captioned media as a reading tool for all children, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing. This effort resulted in a huge success, as thousands of students have participated in this event since its inauguration.

The DCMP supports parents and educators in their efforts to promote literacy by:
  • Providing on-demand educational captioned media to registered users (educators, families, and others who work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing).
  • Acting as a captioning information center to provide answers to anyone’s questions concerning captioned media.
  • Maintaining a database for locating educational captioned media available for purchase.
  • Assisting media producers, school personnel, and others in learning to caption or in locating an expert to perform captioning.
  • Supporting efforts by parents and educators to increase the availability of educational captioned media.
  • Providing flyers, posters, bookmarks, and other free materials to remind everyone of the importance of reading captions.
Order your free RCAA kit, learn more about how captioning improves literacy, and find great ideas from teachers and parents on our RCAA website.

Presidents Day

George Washington sits behind a birthday cake and balloons.This image is from the video All About the Holidays: Presidents' Day

With the annual observance of Presidents Day approaching, parents and teachers have a unique opportunity to capture their students' interests in a profession that evokes almost universal fascination: the Presidency of the United States.

DCMP has resources to help your students learn about the American presidency and offers these resources to get your class off to a good start.

NEW! 60-Second Presidents
We cannot tell a lie! Here's everything you need to know about our first president, George Washington, in just 60 seconds. Find more presidents on DCMP's 60-Second Presidents series page.
Grades 7-12

Our Presidents in America's History
Co-produced with NBC News, this comprehensive series covers 43 American presidents. Period graphics and artwork, exclusive NBC News footage, and illuminating narration help create a vivid portrait of each president.
Grades 3-8

Exploring Our Nation: How to Become a President of the United States
As citizens of the United States, it’s important to understand the process for electing the president. What are the qualifications to become president? How is the president elected? Part of the Exploring Our Nation series.
Grades 7-12

Grace for President
When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. She immediately starts off her political career as a candidate in the school’s mock election. Based on the children's book by Kelly DiPucchio.
Grades 4-6

Black History Month

Coretta Scott This image is from the video adaptation of the picture book Coretta Scott.

Over the years, there have been many great men and women who have contributed to African American history, such as Dr. Andrew Foster (the first African American to graduate from Gallaudet University, who also established schools for the deaf in Africa), Sheryl Emery (the founder of National Black Deaf Association), and Haben Girma (the first deaf-blind individual to graduate from Harvard Law School). Their achievements have positively impacted African Americans in the United States.

February is the time for celebrating the achievements of both hearing and deaf African Americans, but we should celebrate our collective heritage every day! Captioned media from the DCMP can help you learn and celebrate year-round.

New Videos for February

60-Second Presidents Series

60 second presidents
60-Second Presidents explores the rich history and the institution of the U.S. presidency. Students will understand the duties and powers of the President of the United States through the use of important background information, biographies, and other primary sources.
Grades 7-12

Women @NASA Series

Women at NASA
In the Women @NASA series, the dedicated women employees of NASA share how they contribute to NASA's mission in many different ways. Each story provides a glimpse into the talent at the agency. They also illuminate the vital role that women play in the careers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Grades 7-12

Circuit Playground: N is for Noise

Circuit Playground
In this episode, Adabot and Minerva are having difficulty talking with one another over the walkie-talkies. There is too much "noise." Minerva helps Adabot understand the phenomena of electrical noise. Part of the Circuit Playground series.
Grades 4-8

This Old House:Trade School Series

This Old House Trade School
This Old House: Trade School follows residential construction projects from beginning to end. Step-by-step instructions in various building methods and disciplines such as architecture, engineering, carpentry, plumbing, masonry, landscaping design, and construction are explained and demonstrated. Tricks of the trade from industry experts and professionals are revealed as they renovate and restore entire homes.
Grades 7-12

About DCMP

DCMP membership provides unlimited access to thousands of accessible educational videos. We're fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education, so there are no costs associated with any of our services. Family members, school personnel, and other professionals who work with early learners through Grade 12 students with a hearing or vision loss do qualify for membership. DCMP members can:
  • Access thousands of educational videos that are described and captioned in our Media Library, including training for parents, teachers, and interpreters.
  • Check out videos on DVD (with free return postage), or watch instantly on PC, Roku, tablets, and smartphones. iOS users can use the DCMP iOS app.
  • Create and share Student Accounts to assign videos and promote independent learning.
  • Access resources on education, accessibility, and advocacy in our Learning Center.
  • Stay up-to-date on news and recently added videos by subscribing to our monthly newsletter.
  • Watch accessible television series such as Bare Feet With Mickela Mallozzi, Bubble Guppies, Rock the Park, Lucky Dog, and The Inspectors.
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