MN Collaborative Plan for Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Children (Archived)

Latest News – August 2012

This webpage is currently under construction while it is being updated. For the current progress related to the MN Collaborative Plan, please visit the MN Collaborative Plan Webpage

Latest News – December 2011

To review the MN Collaborative Plan and Implentation Timeline, download the accessible Word file here: MN Collaborative Plan and Implementation Timeline [429.50KB]


An interagency group met from July 27-28, 2011 at the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville to develop goals, outcomes, measurable indicators, benchmarks, and activities related to deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing education. The group had representation of different modalities, school placements, regions, and roles (parents, teachers, administrators, state agencies, etc.). Dr. Cheryl Johnson, a well-respected consultant in D/HH education, facilitated the retreat. Thanks to the hard work and energy from the participants, the work accomplished during the two days of the retreat will make a lasting and positive difference for kids with hearing loss and their families. Thank you participants! For a list of particants, click here: List of attendees [15.95KB]

Next Steps

Week of August 1st 2011

  • Schedule follow-up meeting
  • Send final changes to Dr. Johnson

Late August/Early September 2011

  • Dr. Johnson sends draft of plan
  • Collaborative members make edits

September/October 2011

  • Collaborative members ask their advisory boards for endorsement of the concept of a statewide plan

End of October/Early November 2011

  • Collaborative members meet for final edits, approval of plan, and development of implementation plan

November/December 2011

  • Collaborative members seek formal approval of plan from advisory groups they represent and report back to MCDHH

January 2012

  • Implementation begins

Planning Committee

The planning team consists of a representative from each of the following agencies: Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, Minnesota Hands & Voices, Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Department of Health, and the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Post-Retreat Materials

Participants reported high levels of satisfaction for various aspects of the retreat.
Evaluation Overview [91.69KB]

The U of M website was highlighted at the retreat for offering resources for D/HH teachers related to language, reading, writing, assessment, and progress monitoring. Visit the website here. Additional resources are being compiled at Deaf Education Resources

Pre-Retreat Materials

Retreat Logistics [17.59KB]
Agenda [24.41KB]
Minnesota Crosswalk [30.26KB]
Commitment and Communication Guidelines [35.50KB]
Working Vocabulary [39.50KB]
Summary of National Agenda Goals [24.00KB]
MN State Performance Plan Part B Indicators [16.36KB]
MN State Performance Plan Part C Indicators [15.25KB]

In the Minnesota Crosswalk, there is a reference to the Minnesota EHDI Goals, Indicators, and Benchmarks. You can find that document here

Dr. Johnson referred to education plans that other states developed that were based on the National Agenda for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. To view what other states have done, or are doing, click here

Deaf Education Summit 2010


The Deaf Education Summit was co-sponsored by MCDHH and the Minnesota Department of Education on April 22nd and 23rd, 2010. Minnesota attendees met remotely at the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville, MN. Thank you for your participation!

The Summit focused on implementing best practices. Panels were representative of a range of methodologies and school placements. Content was not modality specific. See below for details including presenter PowerPoints and Summit takeaways.

Agenda and Readings

Summit Agenda [40.00KB]
Remote site introduction and overview [1.02MB]
National Agenda [948.86KB]
Statement of Principle [344.23KB]
Communication Tips [215.17KB]
National Agenda Overview [239.21KB]

Presentation Information

Presentations can be found on the National Deaf Education Project website

The presentation by Joyce Daugaard regarding Minnesota survey data can be found here:
Thursday - FAEDHH Project Survey PowerPoint (Joyce Daugaard) [133.00KB]

Summit Takeaways

During the Deaf Education Summit, stakeholders decided the priority moving forward would be to develop a usable data-driven statewide deaf and hard of hearing education improvement plan with specific, measurable, and timely outcomes. Stakeholders discussed a variety of goals (see document below for a summary) to potentially be included within the plan and expressed interest in aligning goals with the National Agenda.

MCDHH was designated to lead this initiative and has considered a variety of potential consultants to lead the creation of this plan. We are currently in the planning stages to work through the logistical details of a retreat that would develop a plan with a consultant and stakeholders. More information will be posted as it becomes available. MCDHH will be working with Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Health to make this plan a reality.

SWOT Analysis from Summit (Minnesota Team) [15.19KB]
Summary of all Summit Discussions and Goals [36.50KB]
Summit Overview - Goals and Outcomes [71.50KB]
Summit Participant List [10.02KB]
Summit Participant Evaluation [40.00KB]

Contact Mary Hartnett Mary Hartnett


FAEDHH Survey Results (Focus on Advancement of Education for (students who are) Deaf and Hard of Hearing)

The state of Minnesota recently passed legislation requiring the reporting of data for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. More than 70 teachers/administrators statewide participated in the FAEDHH Project Survey to assist us in identifying a common database that can be used to provide accountability data regarding student performance. We encourage you to view the full survey; two different formats are available below.

FAEDHH Survey Results 2010 - Word Version [71.50KB]

FAEDHH Survey Results 2010 - PDF Version [446.03KB]

Thursday - FAEDHH Project Survey PowerPoint (Joyce Daugaard) [133.00KB]

Minnesota Parent Satisfaction Survey

A survey of 77 parents was conducted by Kathleen A. Peterson at the University of North Dakota in 2009 to review parent satisfaction with services for deaf and hard of hearing students in Minnesota Public Schools.
Parent Satisfaction with Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Minnesota Public Schools - Kathleen A. Peterson [2.93MB]

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