2022 HELIX In-Person Experience: High Expectations for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

23. Trading in The One-Time In-Service for Consistent Communication With Teams

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Session Dates

Tuesday November 15, 2022 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel


Today, most students with hearing loss receive the majority of their instruction in a general education classroom (U.S. Department of Education, 2015). Because only 1% of students are on an IEP because of hearing loss, most general teacher preparation programs do not spend much time teaching about this unique, heterogeneous group. As a result, general education teachers report feeling unprepared for teaching these students (Eriks-Brophy & Whittingham, 2013) and school staff may misunderstand or underestimate the needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing (Miller, 2014). This is where teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing (TSDHH) come in. The role of TSDHH is becoming increasingly focused on indirect service (Miller, 2014). Training provided by TSDHH can improve preparedness and help classroom teachers feel more positively about inclusion (Sari, 2007).

Commonly, TSDHH provide an “in-service training” for teachers at the beginning of the school year to talk about student needs, teaching strategies, and accommodations/modifications. However, research on professional development for teachers shows that one-time team trainings are often ineffective. In order for professional development to create lasting change, it should incorporate active learning and be of "sustained duration" (Darling-Hammond, Hyler, & Gardner, 2017). This presentation will focus on concrete ways to structure and sustain consistent communication with teams.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify three aspects of adult learning theory and describe how they will utilize them in training school teams.
  • Provide three examples of how they can communicate with teams in a way that is ongoing, mutually convenient, and effective.
  • Explain how they can "show rather than tell" and utilize student voice to effectively educate general educators and school teams.


Target Audience

Teachers, administrators, speech language pathologists, related service providers, consultants, training and consulting staff, paraprofessionals, family members Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Annette Bauerlein, at 810-878-7211, or abauerlein@pattankop.net.

Event Info

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Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Britt Coffey Ph.D, Emily Snow M.Ed.

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Content Contact:

Kristin Starosta