Educational Resources

This section of Info to Go includes information about policies, practices, and strategies unique to educating students who are deaf and hard of hearing in various educational settings.

ClassAct: Best Practices for Teaching (NTID) 

ClassAct was developed by DeafTEC at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology to support instructors and staff who work with deaf and hard of hearing students in all mainstreamed academic environments. It provides practical tips (in both print and video) related to issues impacting day-to-day teaching, such as pacing of information, providing visual support, and giving directions. It also provides functional considerations related to communication strategies, support services, and the classroom environment.

Classroom Interpreting for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Series of Guides for Parents, Professionals, and Students 

This series, developed in collaboration with Dr. Brenda Schick from the University of Colorado-Boulder, is for school administrators, educators, educational interpreters, parents, and students. It provides essential information on how to ensure effective interpreting support for children who are deaf or hard of hearing in mainstream schools and programs. The tips for parents and students are also available in Spanish.

Critical Needs of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Public Input Summary (2013) 

Completed by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, this analysis identifies barriers encountered in providing programs and services for students who are deaf and hard of hearing children.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: Federal Support for Developing Language and Literacy, May 2011 (PDF)  

This Government Accounting Office report examines a) the extent of hearing loss among students in publicly funded education, b) the types of settings in which students who are deaf or hard of hearing are educated, c) the factors that help children who are deaf or hard of hearing acquire language and literacy skills, and d) the challenges to providing appropriate interventions to these students.

Educating Deaf Children (NTID)  

In this interactive website hosted by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, questions about the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by parents and educators of children who are deaf or hard of hearing are answered by members of the Center for Education Research Partnerships (at NTID), members of the editorial board of the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, or one of a group of international experts who has volunteered to participate in this project.

Educating Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A Guide for Professionals in General Education Settings

This three-module resource was designed at the Clerc Center in collaboration with Educational Regional Center 20 in Texas for educators in general education settings. The modules provide introductory information about deaf and hard of hearing students, instructional considerations for educators, and information about educational planning (IDEA, Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act, ADA).

For Educational Interpreters - RID Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.

This page is RID's information page for educational interpreters.  it includes information on the EIPA-RID Agreement as well as links to the Educational Interpreter Resources Toolkit.  This toolkit was prepared by the educational interpreting committee of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) to assist educational interpreters in working with students in K-12 settings. It includes considerations related to recommended practices in educational interpreting, with links to numerous additional resources on this topic.

Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Education)

Frequently Asked Questions     Fact Sheet English     Fact Sheet en Español     Dear Colleague Letter English     Dear Colleague Letter en Español 

These 2014 FAQ, Fact Sheet, and Dear Colleague letters issued jointly by the Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Education, explain public schools' responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to meet the communication needs of students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities.

HearingLikeMe (Phonak) 

Sponsored by Phonak as a component of, this website includes an on-line community for educating students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The web pages are organized into information for teachers (“Teaching a Child with a Hearing Loss”), parents (“Stand Up for Your Child”), and students (“The Perfect Combination”).

National Deaf Education Project: The National Agenda 

This resource is the website of the National Deaf Education Project, a coalition of parent, consumer, professional, and advocacy organizations involved in the education of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This group, in working to develop an effective, communication and language-driven educational delivery system for deaf and hard of hearing children, developed The National Agenda: Moving Forward on Achieving Educational Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (2005, April), which can be found on this website.

Odyssey 2012: Research to Practice

The 2012 issue of Odyssey magazine focused on connecting educational practices to research. Numerous articles from professionals throughout the nation are included which address a variety of evidence-based considerations related to educating students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Odyssey 2013: Accessing Appropriate Special Education and Related Services

The 2013 issue of Odyssey focused on the complexities and challenges of accessing appropriate special education and related services for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Portfolios for Student Growth

This website provides an overview and teacher/staff guide to Portfolios for Student Growth (PSG), a holistic, student-centered, process-led approach to portfolio development. PSG offers educators a way to guide students to explicitly link academic learning with future planning and goal setting.

Postsecondary Educational Programs Network: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Pepnet 2) 

This website provides links to a variety of resources on topics and issues surrounding postsecondary education for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Many of the resources may also be applicable for middle or high school students.

Raising and Educating Deaf Children: Foundations for Policy, Practice, and Outcomes (NTID) 

Operated in association with the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education and administered by the Center for Education Research Partnerships at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, this website provides evidence-based information to guide policy making and practices associated with raising and educating deaf children. 

Supporting Success for Kids with Hearing Loss 

This privately developed website for professionals and family members provides information about the learning and social issues of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The website is divided into information on early intervention and school-aged students. There are links to numerous practical resources as well as webcasts for training on a variety of topics. See:

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