Inclement Weather Alert

Due to inclement weather the operating status of Gallaudet University and the Clerc Center has changed:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Gallaudet University: Closed
KDES: Closed
MSSD: Closed

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Gallaudet University: Opening at 10 am
All classes beginning at 9:30 am will begin at 10 am.

KDES: Closed
MSSD: Opening at 10 am

Posted 3/21/2018 at 7:29 PM EST

Laurene Simms

Education / School of Education, Business, and Human Services

Laurene Simms

Phone Numbers

202-651-5530 (V)
202-250-2587 (VP)



Fowler Hall

Office Hours

By Appointments only

African-American, Deaf, woman and fluent in two languages, American Sign Language and English


Doctor of Philosophy, August, 2000, from The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona with a major in Language, Reading and Culture and a minor in Teaching and Teacher Education.
Master of Education:  Deaf Education, August 1987, from Western Maryland College, Westminster, Maryland
Bachelor of Science, May, 1986 from University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, with major in Elementary Education

Social Media:

Facebook: 3R: Revisit, Rethink, Re-educate

Currently serving as a consultant of the American Sign Language and English Bilingual Professional Development

Association of College Educators for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH)

National American Sign Language and English Consortium for Early Childhood Education (President)

District of Columbia Area Black Deaf Advocates, Inc. (DCABDA) Board member

Deaf Women of Color, Inc. (DWC) Board member

Member of National Black Deaf Advocates

Member of the Editorial Board - Sociolinguistics in the Deaf Community by Ceil Lucas

Program Coordinator /liaison –National Deaf People of Color Conference

Researh Project:

Simms, L. (2015-Current). Gallaudet Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Initiative (GSTLI), a two-year project sponsored by a grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation (Research project), Gallaudet University,   Washington, DC


Simms, L., Andrews, J. & Smith, A. (2005). A balanced approach to literacy instruction for deaf signing students. Balanced Reading Instruction, 12, 39-54.

Simms, L. & Thumann, H (2007). In Search of a new linguistically and Culturally Sensitive Paradigm in Deaf Education. The American Annals of the Deaf 152(3), 302-311.

Simms, L., Rusher, M., Andrews, J., & Coryell, Judy (2008).   Apartheid in Deaf Education: Examining Workforce Diversity.  The American Annals of the Deaf,  153(4), 384-395.

Simms, L. & Thumann, H. (2009) Minority Education and Identity:  Who Decides for Us, the Deaf People? In Ayers, W., Quinn, T.,  Stovall, D. (Ed) Accepted for publication by The Handbook of Social Justice in   

     Education. Erlbaum Publications, Mahwah, NJ.

Nussbaum, D. B., Scott, S., & Simms, L. E. (2012). The “why” and “how” of an ASL/English bimodal bilingual program. Odyssey, 13, 14-19

Simms, L., Baker, S., & Clark, M. D. (2013). The Standardized Visual Communication and Sign Language Checklist for Signing Children.  Sign Language Studies, 14(1), 101-124 Research & Projects:

Simms, L. (1997).  A conceptual framework for deaf education:  Two approaches to English literacy (Working Paper No. 1 & 2) Santa Fe:  Star Schools Grant.

Simms, L., Baker, S., & Clark, M. D. (2013-Current). Visual Communication and Sign Language Checklist for Deaf and Hard of Heari


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002