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kayden essef board croppedJanuary 31, 2019

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

James C. Durkel Conference Center 

This workshop is designed for ESC Consultants who want to provide training and support on how to implement Active Learning as designed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen of Denmark.  It is also open to others who are providing training on this topic. We strongly recommend that you have previous training on Active Learning.

This workshop will not provide instruction on Active Learning principles, techniques or strategies. Instead it will provide an overview to utilizing specific training materials (Active Learning Space website, Active Learning modules, Active Learning: Train-the-Trainer manual) to provide training to others. 

The Active Learning approach emphasizes that all individuals learn best by active participation.  All activity, especially in the earliest stages of development, actually "wires our brains" and establishes critical foundational concepts and skills necessary for all future learning.  

Individuals with multiple disabilities (cerebral palsy, visual impairment, cognitive impairment, autism, hearing impairment, etc.) are at great risk from developing reliance on others to interact with the world around them.  They learn to be a passive rather than active participant, waiting for adults to provide activity rather than seeking it out on their own.  Children and adults with special needs often develop stereotypical or aggressive behaviors in order to communicate with others or cope within the environments in which they are placed.  Active Learning recognizes that every learner with special needs is unique.  The programming and intervention for facilitating learning must reflect this individuality.  Active Learning emphasizes creating a developmentally appropriate and enriched environment so that children and adults with multiple special needs become active learners.  

Learning Objectives

Participants in this training will learn how to use the content provided on the Active Learning Space website to train individuals in the appropriate use of Active Learning.

Participants will learn how to provide face-to-face and flipped learning activities utilizing the Active Learning Space website, online modules and ready-made Powerpoints with accompanying activities to provide training.

This training is not meant to train individuals on Active Learning, but rather to show them how to use materials from the Active Learning Space website and modules to provide training for others. 

It is recommended that participants have some familiarity with Dr. Nielsen’s Active Learning approach. Participants who are not familiar with this content are encouraged to complete the Active Learning Principles module or review the contents of the website before attending this workshop. They may also want to consider attending the June 2019 Active Learning Conference rather than this workshop.  Information about that event which is sponsored  by Region 10 Education Service Center may be found on their website.


This workshop targets individuals who are ESC Consultants and part of the Low Incidence Disabilities network or Statewide Leadership for Blind or Visually Impaired network or other related networks. They will pay a discounted registration fee of $12 when using the discount code available from their network leads.

Out-of-state participants and others must pay a registration fee of $50.

Registration costs include a working lunch, a hard-copy manual, and access to electronic versions of all Powerpoints and the manual.

Seating is limited to 50 individuals. Thirty-five (35) of these seats are reserved for ESC Consultants and fifteen (15) seats being allotted to non-ESC staff. 

Registration ends January 18, 2019. You may register now and pay later if using a check or purchase order. Payment with a credit card is immediate.  You may cancel up to January 25th without penalty. After that time you may be charged a $25 cancellation fee.



There are a variety of hotels in the area of the TSBVI campus.  Participants are responsible for their own accommodations.  A list of some of these hotels can be found on the TSBVI website.


Please contact Miriam Miramontes at 512-206-9268 or email Kate Hurst at .