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Spring 2000 Table of Contents
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By Dr. Lauren Newton, Principal of Special Programs, TSBVI


During spring semester 2000, the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) offered its first academic-level short classes: Independent Living Skills (Algebra Doesn't Cook Hamburgers), which lasted for three 3-day weekends, and a one-week intensive Technology Program. Both classes were full, and staff and students alike felt that the programs were tremendously valuable. Also, we learned lessons about how to expand and improve the programs in the future. There are still many components of these programs that we want to develop as we go along.

While TSBVI summer school is primarily designed for enrichment and vocational programming, we will be offering one instructional short class during June: Adaptive Tools & Technology For Accessible Mathematics. This class is designed for secondary students who will be enrolled for credit in Algebra I or a more advanced SBOE mathematics course during the coming school year.


During the 2000-2001 school year, TSBVI will continue to offer the multiple-weekend ILS (Independent Living Skills) classes, and we will expand to two technology weeks.

In addition, TSBVI short programs will add a new model of service delivery: one week of intensive instruction that is individually tailored to the needs of each participating student. School districts, parents, and students can select content from the expanded core curriculum to be taught during this week of intensive training. For example, one student might choose to work on technology and braille, while another student might select cooking skills and Nemeth Code. TSBVI Outreach Staff will join on-campus teachers to provide instruction. Study hall will be provided during the day and evening for TSBVI staff to help students keep up with their local assignments while they are participating in this special program. The students will continue to be considered enrolled and in attendance in their local school district during the week they are at TSBVI.

The 2000-2001 TSBVI school calendar is being finalized as this issue of See/Hear goes to press. Look for the dates for all short classes on our website, or call or write Dr. Lauren Newton, principal, at (512) 206-9119, e-mail: . Interested parents should talk with their local VI teachers to assist them in making a referral to a short class program.