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Save the Date for the 2013 "Just in Time" B/VI Summer Institutes
Will you have a student who is blind or visually impaired in your classroom next year? Not sure where to start? Want tips from experienced teachers and consultants? Then this institute is for you!
The University of Alberta, Minerva Deaf Research Lab (MDRL), in partnership with Alberta Education, is again offering the popular “Just in Time” Summer Institutes for school teams who will be working with students who are Deaf/ Hard of Hearing (D/HH) or Blind/Visually Impaired (B/VI) in the upcoming school year.
This one-day institute will provide teachers with hands on, practical knowledge and skills to promote academic and social success for students who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Topics will include adaptation of curricular materials, environmental modifications, instructional strategies, orientation and mobility skills, and an overview of the components of the expanded core curriculum. Information regarding resources for teachers will be shared. Teachers and support staff from all grade levels are encouraged to attend.
When and Where:
Calgary – August 21st
Edmonton – August 23rd
Cost: $25 (includes lunch and B/VI Institute materials)
Please help to spread the word to teachers that would benefit from these professional learning opportunities in preparation and support for the upcoming school year! Helps us to build brighter futures by removing barriers and building capacity!
Click here to register or, for more information contact Natalia Rohatyn at 780-492-0177 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transition Planning Workshop
High school graduation is a significant event in the lives of most young adults. It marks the end of an entire school-based career, and the beginning of “what comes next”. For some high school students this major life event is exciting! Something that they have been working towards their entire lives. For others, this time of life can be unsettling, as the transition into work and/or post-secondary may come with many unknowns, and a potential for a new set of challenges. Preparing for this major life transition can be a great way for students to ease any anxieties or fears that they might have, and transition planning can be a great way to do this.
On February 1, 2013, The Vision Resource Centre - North held a transition planning workshop for junior high and high school students who are blind or visually impaired. Planning for Transition is one Alberta Education’s Essential Components of Educational Programming for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.