Vision Symposium – Tools for the Educator’s Toolbox
Author: Anna Cyr – KSSB Field Services Specialist
Being an itinerant educator in the world of visual impairments is a bit like being a general contractor with multiple jobs going at once. Each of our students is vastly different and requires us to keep a large toolbox full of techniques ready at a moment’s notice. Staying connected with other professionals and keeping up with the ever-growing store of knowledge in our field is a tall order. Especially when our days are already overflowing with lesson plans, IEP meetings, direct instruction, consultation appointments, and assistive technology troubleshooting.
There is a wealth of Facebook groups, the email listserv, and Perkins webinars that provide great ways to learn new skills and stay connected. However, nothing exceeds the benefit of attendance at a conference focused solely on the needs of the vision educator. This school year, I invite TSVIs and COMS from across the great state of Kansas to take advantage of at least one opportunity to attend a conference in person. I would love for every one of our vision educators in Kansas to join our statewide network of colleagues at the 2nd Annual Vision Symposium for Educators on November 8, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Salina.
The Vision Symposium is designed to be a one-stop-shop for TSVIs and COMSs to learn new instructional techniques, stay up-to-date with trends in our area of specialization, and connect with colleagues from across the state! The day will begin with an inspirational keynote address on parent engagement from Jane Groff and dynamic break-out sessions from:
- Dr. Mackenzie Savaiano, Learning Media Assessment and braille instruction strategies
- Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum: Finding Wheels: Supporting Teens to Build Skills as Nondrivers
- Dr. Sandra Newcomb: CVI Phase III Assessment and Interventions
The bonus news? There is no fee when you register before October 22, 2019, AND breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost! Register today and when you arrive, let me know the one new tool you hope to take home and add to your toolbox!