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TSBVI Outreach Coffee Hour recordings are not eligible for delayed viewing credits. To earn CEUs for participating in upcoming sessions, please visit the current registration page.

Teaching a Child’s First Teacher: Adult Learning in Early Intervention (WREIC)

While the focus of early intervention is to improve a child's developmental outcomes, a provider's energies and efforts focus on the child’s caregivers. We are teachers and coaches for parents, not teachers and therapists for the children. Our goal is to enable caregivers to be effective first teachers – to be consciously competent about how to support the unique needs of their child. As one early intervention provider commented, “the real impact of early intervention occurs after the provider leaves.” In this 2 hour session we will review adult learning frameworks and best practices to build caregivers’ capabilities, specifically the skills, knowledge, and behaviors to be their child’s first teacher.

Learning Management Systems: What TVIs Need to Know

Join us to learn about the benefits and limitations of learning management systems for students with visual impairments. Gain knowledge of options such as advocating for accessibility and working collaboratively with your students' general education teachers. Contribute to the discussion of helping to improve our students' virtual learning experience.

Coaching vs. Consulting- What's the Difference?

Coaching and consulting are often used synonymously, but these two approaches have key differences. Knowing when to employ one approach over another can help improve your effectiveness at addressing your client’s needs. Attend this Coffee Hour to explore the differences between coaching and consulting and to identify in various scenarios when one approach may be preferable to the other.

Ensuring Meaningful Access for Students with CVI

What happens after you’ve completed the necessary assessments? We will utilize the baseline data gathered to analyze pre-made CVI activities. Next, we will review student profiles, identify which of those activities would be best fit, and their purpose. Finally, we will modify activities when a pre-made activity is not available.

Rubrics 101: How to get started, develop and rock your teaching skills with rubrics

This coffee hour will give simple and doable steps for using rubrics with your teaching. Rubrics can be used for students of all abilities. They are beneficial for both teachers and students. Come learn how to develop them to meet your needs. No prior experience needed.

Texas Two Step Scoring Guide

In this Coffee Hour, participants will explore and learn how to use the Scoring Tool. Examples of student data and how to use this data in report writing and progress monitoring will be given. Using the ongoing Texas 2 STEPS evaluation and Scoring tool, O&M Specialists will be able to track the student’s incremental progress for parents, teachers and administrators.

The New Education of Students who are DeafBlind: An Administrator’s Story on Creating Systems Change

In this Coffee Hour, participants will explore one model for systems change that can be applied to creating a teacher of the deafblind position. Using the example of how the Region 4 Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) addressed programming issues for students who are deaf-blind, participants will explore a successful application of the model and how it can be used to address identified challenges. In addition, participants will learn how communication on the importance of the issue and a well-developed vision can drive the change process. Time will be provided for questions and answers.

Cortical Visual Impairment: Considerations for Augmentative & Alternative Communication Development

Students with cortical visual impairment and complex communication needs including those who have additional/multiple disabilities often require the development of individualized, multimodal communication programs to support their expressive communication and access to information and interactions throughout the day. Professionals working with these students require a holistic understanding of communication development and assessment, and knowledge of unique techniques and approaches that apply to this diverse group of students. A new resource for supporting teams in developing appropriate communication systems for students with CVI will be shared with participants, The AAC/CVI Matrix (Russell & Willis, 2020).

Roles of the TVI, TDB, and COMS

Although the educational world is always changing, expectations and job duties may have shifted more than usual due to the pandemic. It’s a good time to review the basics: What is my role? What are the responsibilities of my professional position? We think the most important question is, what can we all do to make sure that we are providing our students and their families what they need?

Resources for VI Professionals: TVIs, COMS, & Paraeducators

Learn about up-to-date resources to support your continuous learning and instruction of students with visual impairments. Invite your team, including braillists and paraeducators, to attend this presentation.