Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


Date of this Version

Summer 2022

Document Type



This portfolio documents the process I used to critically analyze the structure, teaching methods, assessment, and students learning in SPED 874 Language Arts and Literacy for Children who are Dear/Hard of Hearing. This is a course that students in the Deaf Education Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) take while pursuing a master’s degree and/or graduate endorsement in Deaf Education. This portfolio documents how I aligned the course objectives, content, and activities to the Council for Exceptional Children - Initial Specialty Set for Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (CEC-DHH). I share the results of one method I use to assess student learning in SPED 874 (weekly quizzes). Finally, I reflect on my experiences with peer review of teaching and how it has improved my ability to design meaningful courses for students.