A team of professionals, educators, and parents who are passionate about collaboration and communication contributed to the development of this guide. We come from all walks of life, yet we all strongly agree on the importance of family involvement in a child’s education. Let’s take a moment to look at some common definitions of the word involvement:

  • Engagement; the act of sharing in the activities of a group
  • A connection of inclusion
  • Interest; a sense of concern or curiosity about someone or something
  • Participation in regular, two-way, meaningful communication

What does the word involvement mean to you?

This booklet focuses on educator and family collaboration, specifically around children who are deaf or hard of hearing. When talking about educators, we include administrators, general education teachers, teachers of the deaf, interpreters, and others serving students who are deaf/hard of hearing. When talking about family, we include parents, siblings, grandparents, caregivers, relatives, and family friends. We hope you find this resource of value, and would love to hear from you how you are using it!

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An accompanying powerpoint presentation by Colorado Families for Hands & Voices is available for your school program and/or parent group. For more information, contact us at: