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Working Together with Other Adults: Demystifying Consultation and Collaboration for Teachers of the Deaf

Fighting for services, disagreeing with classroom teachers over accommodations, getting worked up during IEP meetings… Have you ever felt that working with students is the easiest part of the job? Although teachers of the deaf spend a great deal of their time consulting with adults, the skills needed to do this successfully are often overlooked in teacher preparation programs. Teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing find consultation increasingly part of the job due to the national trend toward inclusion. This training takes a big picture approach and uses best practices from related fields to teach skills on negotiation, conflict resolution, and effective consultation. Consultation skills are presented relevant to the work of the teacher of the deaf in a mainstream setting. This training will provide you with a better understanding of how to effectively work with other school professionals.

(Approximately 120 minutes)

Target Audience:  Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Learning Objectives: 

The participant will be able to:

1.  Define key terms and identify aspects of the TODHH role that require
collaboration, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
2. Describe biological factors that make consultation difficult.
3. Describe 3-5 strategies to improve the way they consult with school
4. Identify 3-5 strategies to improve the way they negotiate with school
5. Apply strategies learned to case studies




Brittany Dorn, PhD


Brittany is the K-12 Educational Services Manager at Nine East Network, an organization that serves students who are DHH across the state of Vermont. Brittany earned her doctorate in special education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2019, and her Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Smith College in 2011. She previously worked in general education as a second grade teacher, and then in deaf education as an itinerant teacher for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. She has published nationally on topics related to deaf education; most notably about consultation, which is her primary research interest. For more information about the presenter, please visit



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