The Accessible General Education Classroom: Strategies to Support Student Success

This training will provide strategies for addressing the classroom barriers that can prevent students who are deaf or hard of hearing from achieving their potential. Also discussed will be options for evaluation, IEP development and training which can assist in ensuring that the classroom is the right fit for your student’s complex needs.

Approximately 75 mins.

Target audience: Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Learning Objectives: 

The participant will be able to:

1) Evaluate student readiness, strengths and needs related to a successful experience in the general ed. classroom.

2) Determine potential barriers and design teacher and peer training procedures around strategies to reduce challenges.

3) Develop IEP components that will contain the safeguards necessary to support student success.


Kathleen A. Arnoldi


A certified teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing with a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. She has worked as a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing and DHH Program Administrator at St. Paul Public Schools for 37 years and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota DHH teacher training program for 9 years. Kathy has participated in writing pertinent legislation for students with hearing loss and their families, developing eligibility criteria for special education services and creating licensure requirements for teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing in Minnesota. She is the author of Building Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom with Karen Anderson.


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