Victorian Deaf Education Institute
Welcome to the VDEI

 

The Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) was established to enable excellence in deaf education throughout Victoria. Through VDEI, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is committed to improving educational outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people from birth to adulthood.

 
In partnership with schools, universities, early childhood and deafness professionals, VDEI achieves this by:
  • Providing and delivering excellence in professional learning programs across the disciplines involved in deaf education;
  • Identifying the evidence for best practice in teaching and learning to support development throughout an individual's life cycle;
  • Enabling improved curriculum access and inclusion in learning for deaf students through innovation and technology based solutions; and
  • Contributing to a local and global learning community through strengthened networks for knowledge exchange and capacity building.
VDEI enables hundreds of professionals each year including mainstream teachers, teachers of the deaf, audiologists, speech pathologists, psychologists, and speech and language support staff to have the opportunity to build their expertise in providing improved learning support to the 3800 Victorian children and young people with hearing loss.

VDEI is a world-class learning centre - a place where individuals and groups can connect, converse and access the resources necessary to learn and innovate for the advancement of deaf and hard of hearing children and young people from birth to 18 in Victoria.
Welcome to the VDEI
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VDEI Auslan intensive - extension of deadline!
The Victorian Deaf Education Institute is seeking teachers of the deaf to join an exciting opportunity for professional development:  an Intensive Professional Learning Program for Teachers who Teach Students who use Auslan.   This program is a p... read more
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'Signing deaf children and phonological awareness' by Dr Breda Carty
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Phonological awareness describes our knowledge of how the smallest building blocks of a language – phonemes - work together. This is what enables readers to identify the sounds and syllables within a word, pronounce unfamiliar words, know when words... read more
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Coaching and mentoring opportunities - deadline extended to Friday 21 November!
The Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) is delighted to announce coaching and mentoring opportunities in 2015 as part of the VDEI Professional Learning Program: ·         Coaching and mentoring program: Advanced pedagogy in signed language (1... read more
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New opportunity - VDEI research grants
The Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) enables excellence in deaf education throughout Victoria. Through VDEI, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is committed to maximising educational outcomes for deaf and hard of he... read more
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Phonological awareness describes our knowledge of how the smallest building blocks of a language – phonemes - work together. This is what enables readers to identify the sounds and syllables within a word, pronounce unfamiliar words, know when words rhyme, and a range of other tasks. Phonological processing is one of the key processing skills used in reading. Much research has examined the role of phonological processing in deaf readers – see Mayberry, del Guidice and Lieberman (2011) and Treze...