Based on Between the Lions, the award-winning PBS Kids literacy program for beginning readers, Cornerstones offers research-based literacy units for teachers of young students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Our goals are to support reading, writing, vocabulary development, and decoding skills through the intensive study of a single story. This technology-focused approach to literacy for deaf and hard-of-hearing children was developed by the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). Funding was provided by the Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Students with Disabilities program of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
All the materials on this site are free. Comprehensive teaching units for The Fox and the Crow, Click, Clack, Moo, and Joseph Had a Little Overcoat are now available. For the units on Click, Clack, Moo and Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, we recommend you also obtain the books, available in bookstores and libraries. Educators or librarians may also tape episodes off the air or order videotapes of Between The Lions episodes that feature the stories used in Cornerstones units.
So explore the site, use the materials, and let us know what you think. We'd love to hear from you!
PS: Project staff have written an article about Cornerstones for Reading Online, further explaining the literacy needs of children who are deaf, and the development of the Cornerstones approach.
Accessibility of this Site for People with Disabilities
The Cornerstones Web site is designed for teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing. All materials are accessible to people with significant hearing loss, and some are particularly visual. Many of the classroom materials are not accessible to users with visual impairments.