Where am I?

Paula Gross, M.A.



  • BA Deaf Education, Fontbonne College
  • MA Special Education, Fontbonne College


  • Dec 2010- Action Research: “Assessing Fluency at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf within the Wilson Curriculum”

Professional Organizations:

  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
  • Pi Lambda Theta • CEC (Council of Exceptional Children)
  • Kappa Gamma Pi • Phi Kappa Phi
  • IRA (International Reading Association)

Professional Development Activities:

June 2013 & June 2012 – FIRE (Fontbonne Inspires Reading Excitement) Summer Literacy Program for children with hearing loss

  • Director of the program
  • Designed and implemented program/activities for the camp
  • Designed for deaf students 3rd through 8th grade

Mar 2012 – Panel Discussion/Review and Take PRAXIS Exam for Deafness and for Visual Impairments

  • Panel met at DESE in Jefferson City, MO
  • Discussed proposed changes and took a ‘sample’ of the new test to be rolled out in Nov 2012

Nov 2011- “Students with Autism and Social Communication Challenges: Effective Strategies”

  • Attended Autism Institute held at Fontbonne University
  • Graded student papers/assisted Margaret Gray, Ph.D.

Mar 2011 Presentation- “Autism: Finding a Path through the Maze”

  • Co-presenter with Margaret Gray, Ph.D.
  • Presented at Missouri division of CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) Annual Conference
  • Shared community resources for families with members who have autism

Feb 2011 Panel Presentation- “Autism: Promising Practices”

  • Held at Fontbonne University, sponsored by Fontbonne Community Connection Grant
  • Worked with Margaret Gray, Ph.D. to coordinate program speakers and publicity

Conferences, Classes, Seminars & Workshops:

June, 2013 – “Literocity”

  • A week-long (June 17-June 21) conference
  • Emphasis on literacy skills of deaf children in preschool and early childhood settings

Mar 2013-ITHI (Illinois Teacher of Hard of Hearing/Deaf Individuals) 49th Annual Conference in Lisle, IL

  • “Auditory Skill Development for the Cochlear Implant Recipient”
  • “College Hour”
  • “Sensory Groups on the Road”
  • “The Dream-Activating Auditory Learning and Language and Creating Opportunities to Help Your Students Achieve!”

Feb 2012-“Cochlear Implant Surgical Seminar” at Barnes-Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, MO

Apr 2011-CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) 2011 Convention and Expo in National Harbor, MD

  • “Language and Educational Considerations for Children with Cochlear Implants”
  • “Intervening to Prevent Reading Problems in Low-Performing Schools”
  • “The Secondary School Experiences & Academic Performance of Students with Hearing Impairments”
  • “Increasing Supply-Demand for Evidence-Based RTI Practices”
  • “A Hands-On Approach for Struggling Readers”
  • “Randomized Control Trials of the ABRACADABRA Web-Based Literacy Program in Canada and Australia”

Jun 2008-A.G. Bell Convention in Milwaukee, WI

  • “Using Reading Miscue Analysis to Inform Instruction”
  • “Steps to Literacy Building: Strategies and Techniques”
  • “Teaching Young Children with Learning and Behavior Challenges”

Courses taught:

  • DEA430 Parent Counseling in Deaf Education
  • DEA460 Reading and Writing in Deaf Education
  • DEA330 Pre-Student Teaching Practicum in Deaf Education
  • DEA470/480 Student Teaching in Deaf Education
  • DEA481 Field Experience in Deaf Education
  • EDU394/595 Special Education Counseling
  • CDS531 Communication Development for Children who are Deaf of Hard of Hearing

Contact information:

Communication Disorders and Deaf Education

Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Email: pgross@fontbonne.edu
Phone: 314-889-1459
Office: East 205