Mission Statement

The American Sign Language Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (ASL CIA) fosters the environment of sharing and providing ASL educational resources for Deaf Heritage Language learners from early childhood through 12th grade.

The main objective is to provide teaching and learning materials in ASL Arts with three focused areas; curriculum, instruction, and assessment.


ASL Strands

Hi, I’m Rory Osbrink from the California School for the Deaf, Fremont. I am a small part of a larger group that includes many people from different schools for the Deaf, colleges, and universities who worked together to develop the ASL National Standards.

ASL National Standards are intended to be skills that we expected students to achieve at their specific grade level. This essentially means that there is no curriculum, assessments, or pedagogy for instruction in ASL as a heritage language. It is a set of expected skills that each student should learn. You may find yourself wondering how to teach the standards, how to analyze them, and/or how to evaluate if students achieved the skills, and where to find resources. My recommendation? You reach out to ASLCIA. CIA - C stands for Curriculum, I for Instruction, and A for Assessment. ASLCIA consists of a group of dedicated and skilled experts in their respective fields who have worked to develop lessons to align with the standards. Are the lessons fully developed and ready to go for all the standards? No. However, we will continually develop more over time. If you have questions and/or concerns about the standards and how to utilize them, I would strongly recommend contacting ASLCIA and we will refer you to the appropriate professionals tailored for specific questions.

Hello. My name is Laurene Simms and I want to share some remembrances of a dear friend and colleague, Amy E. Hile. ​

She had a vision that grew out of her love for and passion in educating Deaf students. She recognized the importance of ASL, and that in many ways; Deaf education did not have an adequate place for ASL to be included. ​

Her vision was to have ASL be included as part of a cycle of continuous improvement. It begins with developing curriculum, but that is not enough. Our knowledge about ASL also has to inform our instruction, and then lead to assessment of students that helps us modify our curriculum and instruction approaches- continuing a cycle that is focused on positive outcomes for students.

​This vision is now being realized and shared with the Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment (CIA) project. So, today, we look back in gratitude at this legacy of Amy Hile.