This year’s sign language calendar focuses on teaching signs about various aspects of the United States of America. Most of the pages feature additional information about the month’s topic or theme to add extra teaching opportunities. January 2017’s theme is The Executive Branch.
Did You Know?
The power of the Executive Branch is vested in the President of the United States who resides in the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C. The President also acts as head of state and Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces. The Executive Branch is responsible for implementing the laws that are created by the Legislative Branch also called Congress, which includes the Senate and House of Representatives. Imagine a triangle: at the top is the Executive Branch, and the two bottom corners are the Judicial Branch and the Legislative Branch.
Leah Katz-Hernandez is a Deaf, Latino woman who attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and became the first Deaf Receptionist in the West Wing in 2012. She said, “I believe my story sends a good message about the abilities of people who are Deaf and Latino to be successful anywhere.”