Bobbie Kite, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor/Recruitment Coordinator
Department of Education / SEBHS-- Department of Education

Bobbie Kite


Fowler Hall 301 D

Originally from Pennsylvania, Bobbie Jo received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education in 2004 and her M.A. in Deaf Education in 2005 from Gallaudet. She has taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School for 5 years and Kindergarten-First grade at New Mexico School for the Deaf for a year. Since 2011, Bobbie Jo is a tenured faculty at the Department of Education. She completed her doctoral studies at George Mason University, specializing in Early Childhood Education and Multilingual/Multicultural Education in August 2017. Her dissertation explored ASL and English Bilingualism in hearing families with deaf babies using the family language planning framework. In addition, Bobbie Jo provides consulting services to ASL & English bimodal bilingual programs nationwide. In her very little free time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and dogs. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Deaf Education
  • ASL & English Bilingual Education

Research Interests:

  • Family Language Planning & Policy in Early Childhood Education (PreK-3)
  • Reggio Emilia Approach in Deaf Education
  • Anti-Bias Education in Early Childhood Education


  • Early Childhood Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Family Language Planning
  • ASL & English Bilingual Education


  • DC Teacher Certification in Early Childhood (PreK-3)
  • DC Teacher Certification in Special Education/Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Professional certification in Early Childhood Education from Council of Educators of the Deaf

Department of Education Undergraduate

EDU 250 – Introduction to Education 

EDU 320 – Early Childhood Environment

EDU 490 – Field-Based Observation and Applications

EDU 493 – Integrative Practicum in Teaching and Seminar I


EDU 609 – Home, School, Community Partnerships

EDU 620 – Historical and Curricular Foundations of Early Childhood Education

EDU 622 – Observing, Documenting & Assessing the Development of Young Children

EDU 624 – Integrative Methods for Early Childhood Education: Preprimary

EDU 665 – Introduction to Children’s Literature

EDU 761OL1 Online – Theoretical Perspectives of ASL/English Bilingual Education for 0-5

EDU 763OL2 Online – Assessment and Individualized Planning in ASL/English Bilingual Early Childhood

EDU 764OL1 Online – Applications in ASL/English Bilingual Early Childhood Education for 0-5

EDU 787 – Field Experience I & Seminar: General Education

EDU 789 – Field Experience II & Seminar: Deaf Education

EDU 792OL1 Online – Student Teaching Seminar

EDU 793 - Field Experience in Education: Deafness

EDU 797 - Student Teaching in Deaf Education  EDU 799 – Independent Study (Considerations of Home – School Connections)

EDU 799 – Independent Study (Ed.S Capstone Project)

National American Sign Language Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood Education

Treasurer 2016-present

President 2014-2016

Vice-President 2012-2014

Board Member 2010 – 2012

Early Childhood Education Summit VI Chairperson 2015

ASL & English Bimodal Bilingual Trainer 2013 – present

Curriculum & content developer, ASL In-Home Family Training 2013 – 2014

Sign Model, Smarter Balanced Curriculum 2013

Sign Model, The ASL App 2013 – 2014

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf-- ASL & English Bilingual Education  2015-2016

VL2 iPad Story App  2011-2012

Maximizing Language Acquisition: ASL and Spoken English Webcast 2016 Content expert, Retrieved from

Contribution to Chapter  Kite. B.J. (2014) Family Stress and Resiliency Framework, In R. Theoharis and M. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Trains, Video Games, and Super Heroes: Max’s Journey. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.

Peer-reviewed publications  Mitchiner J., Batamula, C., & Kite, B.J. (Submitted) Hundred Languages of Deaf Children: Exploring Reggio Emilia Approach in Deaf Education. In American Annals of the Deaf. Ed. Peter Paul. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press

Gárate, M; Batamula, C; & Kite, B. J. (2016). Deaf Education. In Oxford Bibliographies in Education. Ed. Luanna Meyer. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756810- 0159.

Dissertation  Kite, B.J. (In Press) Family Language Policy in American Sign Language and English Bilingual Families. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Other Non-Refereed Articles  Kite, B.J., & Batamula, C. (2015). Less Play = Less Language? NAD Mag, Vol 15, Issue 1., 16-17.

Kite, B.J., & Shadow, M. (2009) Designing your own bilingual classroom, Odyssey, Spring/Summer 2010, 35-39.

Presentations Refereed  Kite, B.J., Batamula, C., Simms, L., & Mitchiner, J. (2016) Family Language Policy & Planning: How does it fit in your family? Workshop Presentation. 6th Biennial Eastern Regional Conference for National Black Deaf Advocates, Washington, DC, April 29 – May 1.

Workshops  Kite, B.J. & Burns, H. (2016) Considerations of ASL and Spoken English Bilingual Development in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: An Overview, Workshop Presentation. Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Scranton, PA, January 18-19. 


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002