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Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7-11

Professor Snape pushes down the heads of students Harry Potter and Ron Weasley toward their school books.
It's impossible to overstate the importance and influence of teachers in the lives of our children, and especially so of those who work with students who have the additional challenges of deafness, hearing loss, blindness, or low vision. These challenges can be complicated further when combined with autism, Down syndrome, and other health conditions.

Educators continually step up and find ways to better the lives and opportunities of our children. They rely on their ingenuity, tap into shared resources, and dig into their own pockets when necessary. Teachers do everything they can to provide equal access in the classroom.

We at DCMP are inspired when we see teachers and parents going that extra mile to ensure that the education process is inclusive and equal. Media accessibility is important to us, the U.S. Department of Education, our captioning and description vendors, and the hundreds of educational video producers and distributors who work with us to provide thousands of free, accessible educational videos.

Thank you to all the teachers who participated in our member survey, providing invaluable information that helps us gear media selection and technological improvements towards the wants and needs of educators. Thank you for your roles in preparing the next generation of Americans and finding ways to overcome both old and new challenges. And most of all, thank you for caring.

Related Media Resources

All About the Holidays: Teacher Appreciation Week

All About the Holidays: Teacher Appreciation Week

Teaching is one of the world's most important professions. That's why, every May, individuals celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week to honor all the teachers who have helped them learn and grow. Part of the All About the Holidays series.

Grades 4-8

TIP: A Message to Parents and Teachers

Don't Forget DCMP!

The school year is quickly coming to an end, and it’s the perfect time to begin planning ahead for next year. You can print or email information about the DCMP to parents and to the students’ future teachers.

Graduation and Transition

Aerial view of several students in red or blue graduation gowns, holding up their caps. Text: Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.Graduates from the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Source: FSDB

Graduation is right around the corner, and the question going through many student's minds is, "What's next?" Whether your student will be getting a job or enrolling in college, DCMP has resources to help with that transition. 

Related Learning Center Resources

A teen girl stands in a doorway looking out.

Is Your Student Ready for What Comes Next?

Life is a series of transitions. Children face changes and challenges as they transition from kindergarten to first grade; from elementary to middle school; and from middle to high school. But perhaps the most challenging transition comes after graduation from high school, because there are so many choices. Teachers and parents often struggle to ensure that their students are ready for this major transition.

Counselor communicating with tactile sign language with student.

Transition Planning for Students who are Deafblind [PDF]

Provides information and resources for deafblind students and their parents and educators as they plan for or participate in postsecondary education and training. Topics include hearing aids and assistive technology; orientation and mobility services; independent living; transition success; emergency preparedness; and perspectives from deafblind individuals and their parents.

A teacher, parent, and young girl have a conversation in the classroom.

Expectations in Transition MeetingEncouraging Student Participation

With the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a renewed emphasis has been placed on the importance of the transition planning process, and very clear guidelines were established as to how planning would take place.

DCMP's First Beta QuickClass

Children walking outdoors, holding hands.
QuickClasses are asynchronous, online classes for professionals working with students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision, or deaf-blind. DCMP will begin offering our first QuickClasses this year, beginning with a beta class for educators of Deaf/HOH students in May, with a class for TVIs to be announced at a later date. Educators who participate can earn CEUs.

Our first beta QuickClass will not have open registration, but if you are interested in participating in a future class, or would just like more information, please click the "Request More Information" button below, and fill out our survey.

QuickClass Beta:  Using Accessible Media in the Classroom With Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

May 7-27
This course is for professionals working with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing in a K-12 educational setting. The course will explore the benefits of using media in the classroom. It will explain the importance of accessible media for students with sensory impairments as well as students with and without disabilities. Participants will learn to evaluate the quality of accessibility features and various techniques for utilizing media to enhance classroom instruction.

New Releases 

Artrageous With Nate Series

Artrageous with Nate

Andy Warhol: Pop Art King

Nate Heck, named as a national teacher leader in for the integration of arts and technology by Arts in Education, pulls back the curtain and gives a quick history of Andy Warhol. His artwork is known for capturing pop culture. Some of his famous works include Marilyn Monroe and Campbell's Soup.
Grades 7-12  

Teen Kids News Series

Our Special Life

Teen Kids News (Episode 1512)

How important is the college essay? Rob Franek, from The Princeton Review, answers this question. Other reports provide a history of the Palais Garnier (the Paris Opera) and a presidential biography of Andrew Jackson. Other segments include movies by Andy Warhol, first aid for spider bites, a feature on bananas, and a report from the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Grades 7-12

Weston Woods Studios Channel

Duck on a Bike

Duck wants to ride a bike, but everyone in the barnyard has something to say about Duck's zany idea. Find out what all of Duck's friends are thinking. Based on the book by David Shannon.
Grades PS-2


Cindy Camp presenting at NFB Leadership Conference.Cindy Camp presenting at AFB Leadership Conference



American Society for Deaf Children Conference

The Hyatt House Salt Lake City Downtown, UT
DCMP will be exhibiting and presenting.ASDC site


American Council of the Blind Conference & Convention

Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, MO
DCMP will be exhibiting and presenting. ACB site


Texas Statewide Conference on Deaf Education

Hilton DFW Lakes, Grapevine, TX
DCMP will be exhibiting and presenting. SWCED site


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 The Magic School Bus, BizKids, Daniel Tiger, Ocean Mysteries, and Bill Nye.
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