Dana Miles

Dana MilesHi!

I’m English Language Arts (ELA) teacher with a focus on Transition. I teach reading, writing, and communicating about REAL life. In class, we study a wide range topics like employment benefits, buying a car, leasing an apartment, ADA laws, self-advocacy, and more. I aim to see our young adults leave school fully knowledgeable, completely prepared, and incredibly confident to face the real world as they graduate from our school.

A little bit about myself: I was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, starting in Portland, OR and settling into Ridgefield, WA. After I graduated from WSD in 1993, I went to Gallaudet University and received my BA and MA degrees in Secondary Deaf Education and English. There, my adventures began by traveling to France and China, marrying my high school sweetheart, Billy (who is an art teacher at WSD, by the way!), and teaching at Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, DC. When Billy and I were expecting our first child, we both knew there’s no place like home, which for us was Washington state. I’m very excited to be able to teach here at WSD, my alma mater. I’m loving every minute of it!

Feel free to email me, call me, or drop by to say “Hello!”

Classroom: Divine 310
Email: dana.miles@cdhl.wa.gov
Phone/VP: (360) 553-4623

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

In this class, students will read, write, and use American Sign Language (ASL) to learn transition skills in three main categories listed below to become better prepared for a successful transition to adult life.

1. Post-Secondary Opportunities
Education & Career Interests & Choices

Job-Related Knowledge & Skills
Communication & Technology Skills

2. Independent Living
Job Benefits

Auto & Transportation
Housing
Money & Finance
Health
Internet Safety
And many more…

3. Community Participation
Community Resources

Citizenship & Voting
Legal Rights & Advocacy

As a goal, students will become more knowledgeable and prepared for their adult life after high school. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a credit in English.

Syllabus for Transition ELA 2nd Period (PDF)


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

In this class, students will develop American Sign Language (ASL) communication skills by discussing a variety of ASL topics and studying Deaf culture. By taking this course, students will develop a better understanding and appreciation of themselves as a deaf person and the language of ASL. Some topics we will cover are as follows:

• Deaf literature
• Deaf media: current news events
• Deaf history
• Deaf culture
• Deaf in music
• Deaf art (De’VIA)
• Deaf culture, history, and language around the world
• And more…

As a goal, students will gain a stronger sense of self- identity as a deaf person and better ASL communication skills. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a credit in World Language.

Syllabus for ASL Discourse 3rd Period (PDF)


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

In this class, students will read, write, and use American Sign Language (ASL) to learn transition skills in three main categories listed below to become better prepared for a successful transition to adult life.

1. Post-Secondary Opportunities
Education & Career Interests & Choices

Job-Related Knowledge & Skills
Communication & Technology Skills

2. Independent Living
Job Benefits

Auto & Transportation
Housing
Money & Finance
Health
Internet Safety
And many more…

3. Community Participation
Community Resources

Citizenship & Voting
Legal Rights & Advocacy

As a goal, students will become more knowledgeable and prepared for their adult life after high school. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a credit in English.

Syllabus for Transition ELA 5th Period (PDF)


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

In this art class, students will read a variety of literature and create art as a medium as a reflection of what they have read about. They will learn how to critically analyze and create art from a wide range of literature covering a diversity of cultures and historical eras. Some topics covered are as follows:

• Deaf literature & art around the world
• Native American lit & art
• Medieval/Renaissance lit & art
• Superstitions & omens around the world and art
• Folklore & fairy tales around the world
• And more…

Ultimately, the students will learn how to critically analyze, appreciate, and create art from the perspectives of a diversity of cultures and historical eras through literature. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive an art credit.

Syllabus for World Art & Literature 6th Period (PDF)