Established in 2004, this endowment provides support for an internship with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology. The purpose of the internship is to provide mentoring in best teaching practices to promote English literacy.
This internship was established to honor the memory of professor emeritus Edward L. Scouten, who was a faculty member in the NTID English Department from 1970 until his retirement in 1985. During these years, he served as department chairperson and as teacher. Throughout his career, Professor Scouten made many important contributions to the understanding of deafness, deaf people, and teaching English to deaf people.
The intern will study and work with NTID faculty members to learn about promoting the English literacy skills needed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students to be successful in college. The intern and the faculty will develop a schedule of activities and events for the internship to focus on the individual goals and objectives outlined in the intern's application.
The successful candidate for this internship will choose one week in either February, March, April, or May during RIT's Spring Semester; the intern will determine the exact week. The internship may coincide with various breaks in the school district of the applicant, such as Presidents' Week in February or Spring Recess, that occur while NTID is in session.
The Scouten Endowment will provide a stipend of $1,500 for travel, food, and lodging expenses.
Certificates of accomplishment will be awarded to document internship participation. These certificates can be used in applying for continuing education units (CEUs) as granted by professional organizations or school districts.
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